Rock Climbing in Telluride

Telluride | Colorado
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Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Telluride

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    Endless variety of sunny/shaded crags, alpine, trad, and sport climbs

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    Superb rock quality on many of the more developed climbs

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    Experience Telluride’s bone-chilling and technically complex via ferrata

Considering the fact that it’s situated in one of the most remote parts of Colorado, it’s easy to dismiss Telluride as just another small town not worth a second look. However, experienced climbers instantly recognized the former mining settlement’s potential as an amazing place to try a variety of new climbs without worrying about crowds on the crags. Telluride’s routes were established by legendary climbers such as Lynn Hill and Charlie Fowler, and it shows—from the moderate single and multi-pitch bolted routes of Bridal Veil Falls Walls to the terrifying via ferrata stretching horizontally along the canyon, the climbing here is varied and plentiful. The crowd-free nature of the area combined with the diversity of the climbs makes Telluride an excellent weekend rock climbing getaway. Take your friends and family for a day of thrilling climbs and unforgettable vistas on Telluride’s legendary cliffsides!


September through October

Nearest city

Montrose is 1,5 hours away from Telluride


1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced


Choose how you spend your day

Half-Day of Customized Rock Climbing With a Guide


Spend half of your day traversing Telluride’s scenic climbs. Whether you’re new to rock climbing or you live in the mountains, it really doesn’t matter! You will climb with highly-trained guides who can accommodate climbers of all skill levels. This tour is custom, meaning that your guides will adapt to your goals and objectives to ensure that you get the perfect climbing experience.

Family Half-Day of Private Climbing With a Guide


Are you a climbing enthusiast looking to introduce your family to your favorite sport? Do you just want to get the kids out of the house? Whatever the case, this tour was made for you! Take your close ones for an exciting day on the cliffs and learn the basics or improve your skillset under the watchful eye of your experienced guide.

A Full Day of Customized Rock Climbing With a Guide


Half a day isn’t enough for you? Take on Telluride’s thrilling routes for a whole day in this guided climbing tour. From simple single-pitch top rope outings to long, multi-pitch traditional routes climbing up a thousand feet of rock, there’s no shortage of quality climbs here. Eager rookie or seasoned hardman, it makes no difference –  everyone finds a route of their own here.


Reviews (3)

Great 1/2 Day Family Climbing Trip!
Melanie S. about Mountain Trip on TripAdvisor

Fantastic morning rock climbing with our Mountain Trip guide, Slator!

We’re a family of 5, 2 adults, and 3 kids (aged 12, 9, and 5). Slator chose a climbing route in a beautiful setting near Bridal Veils Falls for us. The route was fun and challenging for all of us. He gave great instruction to all of us and was fun, friendly, and patient. Everyone had a ball! We would definitely do this again. Also, great communication leading up to the trip, especially about potential weather issues. Turned out we had beautiful weather, but we appreciated Mountain Trip’s interest in our happiness with the experience!! Highly recommend!

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Jeff C. about Mountain Trip on TripAdvisor

Mountain Trip provided the perfect balance of instruction and adventure to my introduction to rock climbing. Dave was especially helpful showing me the ins and outs of rock climbing. I found Dave to be very knowledgeable of the sport of rock climbing. He provided me with a great base knowledge to enable me to go out on my own and start climbing. I would definitely recommend Dave and the entire Mountain Trip team for your next adventure.

Danielle K. about Mountain Trip on TripAdvisor

We spent a half day rock climbing. We were all beginners and have only climbed at indoor facilities. This was an excellent transition to climbing in the outdoor environment. Our boys 7 and 10 loved it! Beautiful scenery and excellent instruction from Eric our guide. Would highly recommend this company for any of your climbing adventures.

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Covid measures in Telluride, Colorado

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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Telluride, Colorado, please refer to the Official Colorado COVID-19 Update 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’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

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

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • 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. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

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. 

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:

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
  • Ropes
  • 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:

  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Light fleece hoody
  • Rain jacket
  • Lightweight softshell trekking pants
  • Climbing pack (30-45 liter)
  • Two water bottles
  • 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 age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

  • The max guest-to-guide ratio for half- and full-day climbing is 4:1.
  • The max guest-to-guide ratio for family rock climbing days is 6:1.
  • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

Climbing days in Telluride 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.
  • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

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

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Telluride, most people fly into Denver International Airport. From there, we recommend taking a three-hour local flight to Telluride, which is the fastest and cheapest option. You can also fly to Montrose and take a 1,5-hour shuttle ride to Telluride, or rent a car in Denver and take a nearly 7-hour long drive.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide’s office in Telluride or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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