Year-round, but the best seasons are spring and fall
Salt Lake City is 30 minutes away from Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons
Beginner to advanced
Escape the crowds with close crags and a variety of grades
If you’re looking for a good introduction to single-pitch and multi-pitch climbing, Salt Lake City in Northern Utah is a great spot to start! This outdoor destination holds a high spot in climbers’ minds year-round. The Wasatch Mountain Range features sites such as Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons offering plenty of single-pitch crags ideal for sport climbing and skills development. Routes here also range from 5.5-5.11 on quite slick but bomber quartzite, granite or limestone. This area is also top accessible, making set-ups a breeze for more time on the rock. Escape the city crowds and enter the world of unique climbing near Salt Lake City!
Most Popular Itineraries
A Customized Day of Climbing with a Private Guide
Spend a day out climbing in the remarkable Wasatch Range! The Wasatch Range has a multitude of climbing routes and a variety of grades. Explore the magnificent Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon, Rock Canyon or Maple Canyon, and find your perfect climbing spot! Spend the day with a guide who will custom-tailor every minute around your specific skills and desires. Whether you are new to the sport, looking to advance your skills, or simply seeking adventure, the Salt Lake City area has something for you!
Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Enjoy a half day exploring the most rewarding climbing Salt Lake City has to offer! This is your time to master the foundational skills in a controlled setting and with the best guiding in the region. You’ll get an individualized and guided rock climbing trip in an approachable time frame and in the heart of rock-solid Utah. Need more convincing? Countless classic routes stack the skyline in this mountainous wonderland. Waist no more time, experience Salt Lake City climbing while perched high above the Salt Lake Valley and make only the sky your limit!
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
Experience rock climbing in its purest form and find your own perfect route! Discover many incredible long to moderate routes to choose from in the 5.5 to 5.10 range. Treat yourself to the finest routes the area offers, such as Steorts Ridge, Outside Corner, Penta-Pitch, the West Slabs, or Black Streak. Select from instructional climbs to adventure outings with the very best experts. Explore the area and climb a variety of multi pitches on this all-day Wasatch adventure!
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Salt Lake City
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 Salt Lake City, please refer to the Salt Lake City county 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 package:
- 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 (rope, quickdraws, harness, shoes, helmet)
What’s not included:
- Snacks or meals
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?
Salt Lake City has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Salt Lake City 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 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 35-40L bag)
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, 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.
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 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.)
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 1–3 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group of up to 6 people per guide.
Costs per person will 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 larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- Kids 8 years old or older can go climbing 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.
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 move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing for a more favorable day.
If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, 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
Located southeast of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, the Wasatch Mountain Range is really easy to reach. Salt Lake City is home to the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are a quick 25 minutes away from the same airport (22 miles).
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet — either at the climbing area’s parking lots or nearby markets/coffee shops. From there, you’ll head to the crag and begin your day of climbing!