With this Colorado climbing guide, take your vacation to the next level and forgo leisurely recreation for adrenaline-pumping adventure!
More than half of Colorado is consumed by the majestic Rocky Mountains, which offer up four seasons of elevated elation for outdoor lovers everywhere. Whether you need a tour guide or just your gear, the Centennial State has hundreds of climb-worthy challenges for you.
Colorado Rock Climbing, a Natural High
Mountain peaks with picturesque panoramic views are located in just about every nook and cranny of Colorado. But for serious rock climbers, there are definitely some highlights.
The Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs is a well-liked public park with unique, yet fragile sandstone formations for you to scale. However, you must have a permit and climbing buddy to be an alpine explorer here.
The Rocky Mountain National Park is far from mundane and has something for everybody. Both nervous beginners and excited experts will quickly find their stride here. For serious climbers, the 14,259-foot Longs Peak is a must. Don’t forget to bring a camera along; your friends and family members back home will beg for photographic proof of your awe-inspiring ascension! Unlike the Garden of the Gods, you don’t have to register your adventure unless you plan to overnight it in the mountains.
Gunnison National Park’s Black Canyon is another bone thrown to the skilled thrill-seekers out there and you’re guaranteed a grueling and rewarding experience here. Make sure to pop by the Ranger Station pre-ascent.
Many of Colorado’s lesser-known state parks are full of opportunities for quality rock climbing, particularly Eldorado State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park, and Rifle Mountain Park. Pick your park and then pick a nearby Colorado mountain cabin or condo rental so the only hard work lies in the mountains, not in the vacation planning.
Try Ice Climbing
Ice climbing is a popular wintertime activity all over Colorado, so if you’ve got the grit and guts to take on slopes of the slippery kind, you’ll have plenty of Colorado ice climbing options to consider when it’s below freezing outside. The San Juan Mountains and Ouray Ice Park boast the best ice climbing in the state.
Stay Grounded with Bouldering
For a challenge that’s closer to the ground, turn to Colorado bouldering. With the exception of the Garden of the Gods, you’ll discover the best boulders about a hundred miles or so away from the major peaks. Estes Park and Eldorado Canyon, among many other Colorado climbing sites, promise a good time for low-mountain climbers.
In the case of inclement weather, or that you have some butterflies in desperate need of taming, take a class or climb the day away in an indoor gym. Colorado has plenty of man-made walls for you to defeat. Indoor climbing gyms are great for practice and fun, and just might give you that extra ounce of courage you require to take on the real deal, Mother Nature.
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