Boulder | Colorado

Rock Climbing in Eldorado Canyon

Skill level

All skill levels welcome!

Group size

1 – 4 / private lessons are available

Price range

$299 – $865/person


Spring, summer, and fall are best!


1 – 4 days

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Eldo’s home to some of our favorite climbs, and one of our favorite guides

Eldo’s part of the heart and soul of American trad climbing

Nestled in Colorado’s Front Range are some of the US’s and the world’s premier trad climbing areas. There are the Flatirons, Boulder Canyon, and the legendary Eldorado Canyon. It was at Eldorado where American climbing really took off in the 1970s. Eldo’s got more than 600 climbs with some walls topping out at 700’. The climbing can be tricky and technical, but it is most assuredly worth it for the views and scale of the canyon alone. And, hey, if you ever tire of climbs in the Boulder area (which is most unlikely), just to the north is Rocky Mountain National Park.

With South Boulder Creek rushing below, and Eldo’s multi-colored sandstone soaring above, it's the perfect setting for a climb!

The area is a single and multi-pitch paradise

Wind Ridge (4 pitches) and Calypso (3 pitches) are two 5.6 routes that are great for beginners warming up to the area. Only 100’ from the parking lot is The Bastille Crack (5.8, 5 pitches) which is thought to be Colorado’s most popular and historic route. Other notable routes for their grades are Rewritten (5.7, 6 pitches), Yellow Spur (10a, 6 pitches) and, if you have the skills and wanna go for it, The Naked Edge (5.11, 5 pitches). For single pitch fun, there are lots of options to be had at The Wind Tower and Rincon climbing areas. As always, rock climbing has its risks, and lots of routes are tricky to read to say the least. So hire a guide, especially if you’re new to the area and want to send some of Eldo’s famed multi-pitch routes.

Most popular packages and classes in Eldorado Canyon

Eldorado Canyon, No Place Like it!

Nothing beats climbing at Eldorado Canyon with a certified IFMGA/AMGA guide who knows it as well as the back of his hands. Whatever your objective or skill level, Vetta Mountain Guides will have a custom-tailored outing for you and your group. Let them take the worry out of your decision making and get the most that Eldo has to offer.

Eldorado Canyon Classic Climb

Spend a day climbing the classics with certified AMGA mountain guides. Whether it’s Bastille Crack, Gambit, Heavy Weather or Icarus you have your sights set on, you can rely on a fantastic day on the crags. This program is for climbers who are comfortable with grades above and are familiar with multi-pitch climbs.

Intro to Lead Climbing

Learn the techniques needed for leading single and multi-pitch climbs, all with Eldorado Canyon as your classroom. This four day course will cover everything you need to know, from the selection of climbing gear to the free climbing movement any leader needs when out on the crags. This is a course for climbers with previous experience who consider themselves at an intermediate or advanced skill level.

Who should climb at Eldorado Canyon State Park?

There’s crags for all levels of climber, so everyone should climb here at least once. For the true beginner, hire a guide to get the most out of the area. Even if you’re an experienced climber, get to know Eldo’s quirks with someone who knows the area.

Need to know

When is the best time to go?

You can climb year round, but some seasons are definitely better than others. Spring, summer and fall are ideal, but with careful planning, climbing can be done during the winter.

What about bad weather?

Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if and when it rains. If in doubt, though, always ask your guiding service for more information.

What's a typical itinerary?

Usually you’ll meet up with your guide, go over gear and beta, and then plan on what routes you want to ascend, or what techniques you want to focus on most.

What about group sizes?

Group sizes are usually between 1 – 4 people with one instructor. Also, remember that the costs decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to surf with friends and family.

Getting there

Boulder is about 43 miles from Denver International Airport (DEN), where highway access is a breeze to get to the park.

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