Spring to fall
Estes Park, CO
Beginner to advanced
Rocky Mountain National Park crags are truly legendary
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) attracts climbers from all over the world for some of the best climbing on the Front Range. It’s easy to see why. RMNP is home to a famous 14er, Longs Peak, the tallest mountain in the park coming in at 14,259 feet. You’ll also find some of the most beautiful and engaging routes in the U.S. It’s true high-alpine climbing at Rocky — some climbs start at 12,000 feet! An early start and a certified guide by your side, the long approaches result in huge payoff when you gaze up at the magnificent alpine rock towering above you.
Most Popular Itineraries
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Perfect your top-rope climbing experience by taking your climbing to the next level. This class can be used to prepare you for longer multi-pitch climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park and beyond. Develop skills including lead belaying, rope management, protection removal, anchors and rappelling.
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
You’ll enjoy this Rocky Mountain National Park multi-pitch climbing option for a full day of rock climbing – far off the deck. Spend the day climbing longer routes in places near Estes Park or on the famous Lumpy Ridge. Experience a gorgeous climb and incredible views of the formations below.
Alpine Rock Climbing in RMNP
Prepare to gain increasingly impressive vistas of the Rocky Mountain National Park’s topography, including the Continental Divide. Tackle alpine routes such as Hallett, Sharkstooth or Spearhead. The complex navigation is made much easier and safer when accompanied by an expert guide.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Rocky Mountain National Park
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 Rocky Mountain National Park, please refer to Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment 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!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Full day of rock climbing each day (depending on your chosen itinerary)
- All technical climbing gear
- Day park fee
What’s not included:
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.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to 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
- Rock shoes (can be rented, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
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.
Technical gear list
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 and rappel devices, and chalk bag
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
- Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group of up to 6 people per guide.
- Costs per person may decrease as the group grows for 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.
What is the minimum age requirement?
12 is the minimum age for guided climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park. If your group has climbers under the age of 18, let us know prior to booking and we will let you know the requirements.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day or suitable location nearby, if it exists.
If no options presented were viable to you, you will be issued a full refund.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
You will meet your guide at the climbing area’s parking lots. Your guide can lead the way to and from if needed.