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Boulder Canyon is part of the Front Range’s outdoor playground, just minutes from downtown Boulder. This canyon has it all: single-pitch, multi-pitch, classic trad routes and exciting sport routes, with something for every skill level. A beloved rock climbing location since the early 1950s, it’s no surprise why climbers from all around flock to Boulder Canyon’s crags, cracks and chimneys. In the gorgeous peak months, you’ll enjoy shaded climbing on the hottest days and quick ascents. Thanks to the mile-high elevation and continuous sunshine, you’ll stay warm under Colorado’s bluebird skies even in the cold of winter.

  • A favorite American rock climbing destination for more than 70 years

  • Great variety of climbs from challenging sport climbs to classic traditional routes

  • A collection of granite playgrounds just minutes from Boulder

Available itineraries

Half-Day of Rock Climbing With a Private Guide

This half-day option is perfect for beginners and experts alike who are looking for a few hours of fun on the rock! Go to a wall that fits your objectives and abilities and master the basics of rock climbing or climb up to 5 different routes. Challenge yourself and do it under the watchful eye of your expert and friendly guide!.

A Customized Day of Private Climbing With a Guide

Complete a thrilling climb with your private, certified guide catering to the objectives of your preferred style and skill level. Not sure where to start? Guides will literally show you the ropes and introduce climbing routes only locals know about. Expect your skills to be put to the test and to master some new ones.

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Meet your guides

Kevin Capps
Kevin Capps
AMGA Certified Guide
Kevin has over 15 years of mountaineering and rock climbing experience throughout the United States and overseas as well. Whether he’s leading an advanced multi-pitch climb or teaching a large group their first climbing lesson ever, Kevin is one of the most confident and reliable leaders you’ll find. His goal is to show others the pleasures and rewards of climbing in the mountains he loves.
Jesse Ramos
Jesse Ramos
AMGA Certified Guide
Jesse is a certified AMGA rock and ice guide with more than 15 years of experience. His passion for alpine climbing has taken him all over the world. He started his career in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, followed by a stint in China and Tibet, and has now landed back in his home state of Colorado. Education is a passion of Jesse’s, and he’s taught many styles of climbing courses, including crevasse rescue.
Heidi Wirtz
Heidi Wirtz
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder
Heidi is a climber, yogi and philanthropist at heart. She is one of the country’s few prominent female adventure climbers, climbing for over twenty years, and letting her passion for adventure and exploration lead her to exotic and remote places around the world. In the US, she is known as Heidi Almighty for her bold and technical climbing as well as speed ascents in Yosemite Valley.
Denver Mountain Guiding
Denver Mountain Guiding
Denver Mountain Guiding
AMGA Certified Guides
Founded in 2010, Denver Mountain Guiding offers comprehensive climbing opportunities across Colorado's Front Range and beyond. You can count on their AMGA certified guides to help you get the most out of whatever climbing objective you may have in mind, no matter your skill level.
5.00 (9 reviews)
Thomas Glenz (source: 57hours )

Jesse was a lot of fun to climb with. Knowledgeable and thoughtful.

Abigail Frederick (source: 57hours )

AJ was brilliant! We did some great climbing, just right in terms of level. She was fun and upbeat and knew exactly what she was doing. She was also flexible with timing when it took longer than expected to get to the location. Great half day of climbing in Boulder Canyon with a skilled and knowledgeable guide 🙂

Ziwei Hu

My group of 4 had a fantastic experience with Denver Mountain Guiding! Our guides Alex and Carlyn were friendly, professional, and patience. They were attentive to the varying levels of experience in our group and catered their advice to our respective goals. Boulder Canyon was the perfect spot for us. We\’d love to come back!

Erin Williams

Jesse was amazing! Had such a great experience 100% would do it again!

Michelle Knoll

Jesse is the best guide imaginable…personable, articulate, safety-driven, enthusiastic, and relentlessly positive! We had the most amazing climbing adventure and I learned a lot. I enthusiastically recommend his guide services to anyone!!

MissMalieMaud (source: Trip Advisor)

Denver Mountain Guiding was an incredible experience. Our guides, Joey and Carlyn took us to a very scenic destination where they set up two climbing lines. They taught us how to belay, rappel, and climb. Eventually, some of us got the hang of the beginner routes, so they set up a different route for us. Our guides were helpful, friendly, and funny. Would definitely recommend!

Amazing climbing experience
MorganO9189GF (source: Trip Advisor)

We had a blast mountain climbing. Our guide, Nate, was amazing. I was nervous about my upper body strength but he quickly eased my fears and showed me how to use my legs and footing to help me get up the mountain side. Nate was so patient. He gave us tips and confidence and made the entire experience so incredible. Nate also showed us how to belay and taught us the ins and outs of safety so we had the skills to go to a gym and keep practicing this sport. We also felt so safe, Nate took COVID precautions seriously which made our experience so much more enjoyable. I highly recommend going out with him on a rock climbing trip!

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Allen H (source: Trip Advisor)

Where to start? My guide Jason, amazing and very interesting guy. Easy to understand and a great teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable. Makes you feel like a friend not a customer! He wants to teach you everything he can in the allotted time. Always asking if you have questions. Always gives a clear and honest answer. Well known in the area for sure, you can see instantly from others that know him how much he is liked and respected. I couldn’t imagine a better guide/teacher. The location was excellent, easy to find. Price was very reasonable. I highly highly recommend Denver Mountain Guiding and even more so Jason! I will be back for sure. I wish I could have attended the anchor clinic coming up.

krista vanmoorlehem

Andrew was amazing! He was safe, knowledgeable, and flexible. He challenged my sons and taught us a lot. Perfect!

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Boulder, please refer to the Boulder Country website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • This is what you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, certified climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A half-day or full-day of guided rock climbing based on your chosen itinerary
      • All technical climbing gear

    What’s not included:

      • Accommodation
      • Transportation
      • Food and snacks
  • If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus, but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. So don’t let your perceived lack of strength keep you away from rock climbing — you’ve got what it takes.

  • No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.

    For intermediate to advanced climbers, Boulder has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

  • All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
      • Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
      • Ropes
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Water bottle
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group.
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for these private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
      • Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Climbers under the age of 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
      • For most options, kids aged 8 and up can go out and try climbing!

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • You will meet your guide in Boulder, the home of the Boulder Canyon. Boulder is about 40 miles from Denver International Airport (DEN), where highway access is a breeze to get to the park.

    The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking. Your guide will determine exact locations after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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