Boulder Colorado Rock Climbing
Eldorado Canyon & The Flatirons
Boulder, Colorado is home to many fantastic rock climbing venues, including the famous Eldorado Canyon and the well-recognized Flatirons. These are excellent rock climbing areas to both learn and hone your skill as a climber. They offer you the opportunity to do anything from climb a classic route, perfect your rock climbing technique, or learn valuable technical skills.
The combination of history, quality climbing, access, and weather are tough to beat and make the Boulder area a real magnet for climbers of all ability levels. Consider adding a day or two of rock climbing to your itinerary either before or after climbing objectives in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.
Eldorado Canyon State Park represents one of our country’s finest and most famous climbing areas. Many of the conglomerate sandstone walls soar to over 700′ high, and offer a wealth of both single and multi-pitch routes of all difficulties. The conglomerate sandstone rock quality is second to none, and is more reminiscent of granite than other sandstone climbing destinations. The Redgarden Wall is host to a wide variety of climbing routes including many “must-dos” including The Yellow Spur, Ruper, and Rewritten to name a few.
The Bastille and Wind Tower also offer classic climbs, both single and multi-pitch. This is a great venue to improve your climbing skill, and also offers easy logistics for setting up top ropes for technical training and more.
The Flatirons form the classic backdrop and scenery of Boulder and are easily recognizable when you arrive to the area. The First and Third Flatirons offer some of the best climbing as well as some moderate multi-pitch climbing to the top of their features. The Direct East Face of the First Flatiron is one of the longer routes of the area and provides stunning positions and scenery of the surrounding area.
Other can’t miss climbs in the Flatirons include the Standard East Face of the 3rd Flatiron, and the North Arete of the First Flatiron. Overall, these climbs represent an excellent way to become more familiar with multi-pitch climbing techniques in a user friendly setting.
Expert, Certified Guides
We offer guiding and instruction with exclusively AMGA Certified Rock Guides in the Boulder, Colorado area insuring you receive the most thorough and competent guiding available. Our guides have climbed and guided in the Boulder area extensively and insure that you experience the best possible guiding from The Local Experts.
I have climbed with a lot of guides over the years, but I would say that Steve is one of the great all around guides. He is top notch, fun, and I will be coming back to climb with him again for sure! – Tracy F.
Boulder Area Routes & Objectives
The best seasons to climb in the Boulder Area – including Eldorado Canyon, The Flatirons, and Boulder Canyon are April through October.
Below is a list of classic routes you might consider at each venue. All programs are custom scheduled and tailored according to your schedule and desired outcomes. Whether you would like to tick off a classic route like the Yellow Spur, or do a 2 Day Rock Rescue Course to hone your technical rock climbing skills, we can put it all together for you.
Eldorado Select Routes
Below are just a few of the routes that we recommend in Eldorado Canyon. Many other options exist and don’t hesitate to contact our office to discuss which routes are best for you. In addition, we have listed a few custom programs that are perfectly suited for Eldorado Canyon.
- The Yellow Spur (5.9+, 6 pitches)
- Ruper (5.8, 6 pitches )
- Rewritten (5.7, 6 pitches)
- Bastille Crack (5.7+, 5 pitches)
- Calypso (5.6, 3 pitches)
- Over The Hill (5.10a, 2 pitches)
- Custom Introduction to Rock or Learn to Lead Trad Climbing Course (2-3 days)
- Custom Self and Partner Rock Rescue Course (2 days)
The Flatirons Select Routes
Below are just a few of the routes that we recommend in The Flatirons. Many other options exist and don’t hesitate to contact our office to discuss which routes are best for you.
- Direct East Face of the First Flatiron (5.6, 8 pitches)
- Standard East Face of the 3rd Flatiron (5.4, 8 pitches )
- North Arete of the First Flatiron (5.4, 5 pitches)
Rock Climbing Equipment List
- Appropriate clothing
- Food & snacks
- Rain jacket
- Belay Device
- Locking Carabiners (2)
- Climbing Shoes
Training & Follow Up Programs
As always, being in good physical shape is an important component of our our programs. A good mixture of cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, and especially core strength will help you to maximize the potential rewards that are possible on a great program.
We offer rock climbing in the Boulder, CO for all ability levels and ages so previous experience is not required to sign up for a rock climbing program with SJMG. That being said, learning or understanding fundamental skills such as belaying, knots, and equipment use/application will help you get the most out of your rock program.
2Follow Up Programs
If and when I decide to tackle the big mountains I will call you guys for sure. I was very impressed with the guides and the service on my last class. Thanks again! – Chris N.
Boulder, Colorado: Getting Here
Boulder, Colorado is located in the Northeastern part of Colorado and approximately 30 minutes from Denver. A mecca for climbing, hiking, cycling, and foodies; make sure you plan to spend some time in town before and after your SJMG trip. Boulder and nearby Estes Park both serve as launching points for all of our climbs in Eldorado Canyon, The Flatirons, and Rocky Mountain National Park.
*If you are planning to combine additional days of climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park then Estes Park, CO is also a logical place to base your lodging for your trip.
Flights: The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Denver International Airport. Multiple airline options exist, and many one-way flights are available direct to Denver from other major cities throughout the country. Estes Park is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Denver by car.
Driving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Estes Park. If you plan on renting a car, please consider the winter weather when selecting your vehicle and at a minimum choose something that offers either front wheel or all-wheel drive.
- Denver: 30 – 45 minutes
- Colorado Springs: 2 hours
- Grand Junction: 4 hours
Boulder has a number of great hotels, suites, and vacation rentals for you to stay in while you’re in the area. Give our office a call at 800-642-5389 if you have any questions about what would suit you best for this trip!
Hotels: Estes Park has a number of great hotels, suites, and vacation rentals for you to stay in while you’re in the area. Give our office a call at 800-642-5389 if you have any questions about what would suit you best for this trip! Below are just a few options catering to different lodging styles and preferences.
- Cost Includes:
- AMGA Certified Rock Guide
- Group gear (ropes, trad gear, etc)
- Not Included:
- Transportation to the Boulder area
- Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips
- 5% land use surcharge
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Lunch Food
- Guide gratuity
- Registration and Cancellation:
- Advance Registration is required for this program. You have the option to either call our office and register via phone, fill out our pdf Registration Form and send it in via fax or email, or utilize our secure Online Reservation System. All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.
In a nut shell Bill is a valuable Demon of a climbing guide with a naturally gifted approach to guiding. I’m looking forward to returning in July for two more days in Eldorado! – J. Edmonds