Ouray & Durango Rock Climbing
Private Guided Trips and Courses
The flexibility of our Private Rock Guiding and Instruction makes this one of our most popular trip options in the summer. There are a wide variety of rock climbing areas in Ouray and Durango, as well as a few classic multi-pitch climbs on which to test your ability.
Rock climbing in Ouray and Durango is a great option for anyone looking for some high adventure! No experience is necessary, and we have access to exceptional climbing terrain for people of all ages and ability levels. We offer discounts for families and organized groups of 4 or more, so please call ahead to book your rock climbing trip with us while you’re in Ouray or Durango!
Expert, Certified Guides
We offer guiding and instruction with AMGA Certified Rock Guides, insuring you receive the most thorough and competent guiding available. Our guides have climbed and guided in Durango, Ouray and the San Juans more than any other guide service in Colorado and our expert knowledge of the area and it’s routes is unmatched.
Just to let you know; you guys came highly recommended by several sources. So much so, that no other business was even mentioned. Your professionalism in the business, community service, quality of service, and safety standards were all highly regarded. Thanks for setting the standards higher!” – W. Doucet
Ouray Climbing Options
Rotary Park Wall
The Rotary Park Wall is a family-friendly crag with many options. Located just minutes from out office; this area will be sure to make your rock climbing experience in Ouray a memorable one!
The Pool Wall sits right above the Hot Springs Pool in Ouray. It is home to loads of great climbs for every ability level. We climb there a bunch with families and individuals looking for excellent climbing in a beautiful setting with a short approach. The main wall sports lots of harder bolted routes, but also a handful of more moderate traditional climbs.
Durango Climbing Options
Beginner – Intermediate Level Climbing
Perfect for those who possess little or no outdoor climbing experience, as well as those who do. This is a great venue to learn the basics of rock climbing and have a lot of fun in the process. Half day climbs start at 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. Full day climbs start at 8:30 am.
Intermediate – Advanced Level Climbing
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, then the East Animas climbing area is for you. The climbs are longer and have a wider array of difficulties, and we even have a few multi-pitch climbs to really give you that airy feeling! Half day climbs start at 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. Full day climbs start at 8:30 am.
Rock Climbing Equipment
- Clothes: for warm weather
- Water: 2 liters or more/ person
- Closed-toe shoes: for the approach hike; we will provide your climbing shoes
- Rain jacket
- Food & snacks
- Backpack: to put all this stuff in, plus the harness, helmet, and shoes we provide you
Can you climb a ladder? Are you excited to try new things? This would be awesome for you!
+Follow Up Programs
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed climbing with Pat on Saturday and Sunday. We got a lot of hard routes in on both of those half-days, and I had a ball. More importantly, Pat is a great guy; I really enjoyed our time together. – N. Subashi
Ouray, Colorado: Getting Here
Ouray is located in the SW corner of Colorado, approximately 30 minutes south of Montrose. Known as “The Switzerland of America”, the town of Ouray is a vibrant outdoor oriented community. All local businesses are very friendly to the ice climbers who flock each winter to climb in the Ouray Ice Park and surrounding areas.
Flights: The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Montrose, CO. Many airline options exist, and most connections originate from Denver, CO. It is also possible to fly into Durango, CO, Telluride, CO, or Albuquerque, NM. It may be necessary to rent a car and drive to Ouray if you’d like to fly into one of either of these airports.
Driving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Ouray. 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.
- Montrose, CO: 45 mins
- Durango, CO: 2 hours
- Denver, CO: 6 hours
- Albuquerque, NM: 4.5 hours
- Salt Lake City, UT: 6 hours
Hotels: Ouray 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 suite you best for this trip!
- Box Canyon Lodge
- Ouray Chalet
- San Juan Chalet
- Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
- All climbing gear
- Round-trip transportation to and from climbing area and our office
- Not Included:
- 5% land use surcharge
- 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.