Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Boulder Canyon
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
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.
Spring through fall is peak season
Boulder is just 35 minutes by car from Denver International Airport (DIA)
Beginner to advanced
Most Popular Itineraries
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.
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!.
Meet your guides
AMGA Certified Guide
AMGA Certified Guide
IFMGA/AMGA Certified Guide
IFMGA/AMGA Certified Guide · 22 years of experience
AMGA Certified Guide
AMGA Certified Guide
Denver Mountain GuidingDenver Mountain Guiding
AMGA Certified Guides
Denver Mountain Guiding
AMGA Certified Guides
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!
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!
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.
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!
Jesse was amazing! Had such a great experience 100% would do it again!
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!!
Things to know
Covid measures in Boulder Canyon
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:
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
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.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
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.
What about required equipment?
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:
- 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)
- 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.)
- 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 age requirements
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.
Getting there and meeting location
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.