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Red Rocks

Indian Creek
September 4, 2017
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
September 5, 2017

Custom Rock Climbing Adventures

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside of Las Vegas, NV is arguably one of North America’s finest multi-pitch rock climbing destinations. There’s a lifetime of climbing to do at Red Rocks, and the quality of the routes will keep you coming back year after year. Located approximately 30 minutes from The Strip, Red Rocks offers routes for climber’s of all ability and experience levels. It’s a great place to learn how to climb, or tackle a multi-pitch classic you’ve had on your wish list of classic climbs to do.

We offer guiding and instruction with IFMGA Mountain Guides & AMGA Certified Rock Guides, insuring you receive the most thorough and competent guiding available. We hope you’ll join us this fall for an unforgettable experience in the Nevada desert. Our Red Rocks programs can be scheduled according to your preferred dates and objectives. Get in touch with our office to start planning your trip!

Red Rocks Select Routes

rexerEpinephrine (IV, 5.9)
rexerUnimpeachable Groping (III. 5.10)
rexerGinger Cracks (III, 5.9)
rexerSolar Slab (IV, 5.7)
rexerDream of Wild Turkeys (III, 5.10-)
rexerCrimson Chrysalis (III, 5.8+)
rexerAnd many many more!

2020 Dates

By Private Arrangement

Please call for Custom Dates & Pricing


$499 for 1:1

$349 for 2:1

rexerNo Hidden Fees

  • Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
  • All rock climbing gear (harness, helmet, rock shoes, etc.)

Desert Crack Camp Itinerary

Day 1

Meet your guide at 0800 at the entrance to Eldorado Canyon State Park. Your Course Leader will give you a quick briefing, help you fill out a couple forms, and fit you in whatever demo equipment you might need.

A short hike will take you to the rock climbing venue where you will begin the days instruction. We’ll start with an introduction to basic climbing gear (helmets, harnesses, carabiners, rock shoes, etc.) and move straight into knots and belay/rappel setups. The day will progress with plenty of climbing and “hands on” application of the topics for the course. The day will finish up no later than 4:00 pm.

Day 2

Course participants will meet at 0800 at the entrance to Eldorado Canyon State Park. Review fundamentals from Day 1, then the group will move into the topics of anchoring, top rope setups, additional knots/hitches, and of course – plenty of rock climbing. At the conclusion of the course, your instructor will give you personal feedback regarding your potential next steps in the climbing progression.

We have honed our curriculum and itinerary through many years of ice climbing instruction. These courses offer a great way to introduce yourself to the sport of rock climbing in a fun, more affordable group atmosphere.


Rock Climbing Equipment List

BackpackDescriptionGuide's Pick
The Osprey Mutant 38 represents an excellent all around performer for Ice Climbing trips in the Ouray Ice Park and surrounding San Juan backcountry.
Water BottlesDescriptionGuide's Pick
We recommend wide mouth Nalgene (or similar) water bottles for the majority of our programs. Two 1 liter bottles is the standard for days in the mountains.
Personal FoodDescriptionGuide's Pick
Lunch begins when breakfast ends and ends when dinner begins. Bring what you like to eat and consider the length, relative difficulty, weight, and other factors when deciding what to bring in the mountains with you. A variety is always best. Don't be afraid of Mr. T.
SunscreenDescriptionGuide's Pick
Essential for all of our programs. SPF 30 would be our minimum recommendation. Typically a 4 oz. bottle will suffice but consider trip length when deciding how much to pack.
Belay DeviceDescriptionGuide's Pick
A belay device is a required item on any of our technical climbing or mountaineering courses. While not necessary to have the Guide ATC specifically, we think owning one of these offers additional versatility as you progress and gain additional knowledge about the various levels of functionality provided by a device of this type.
HarnessDescriptionGuide's Pick
The BD Aspect Harness is a great all around performer for all types of climbing - ice, rock, alpine etc. The adjustable leg loops and integrated ice clipper loops make this a solid investment as your do-all harness.
Locking CarabinersDescriptionGuide's Pick
We recommend at minimum 2 - 3 personal locking carabiners on our climbing courses and any technical private guided program. We prefer classic screw gate carabiners over other types of locking mechanisms.
Climbing HelmetDescriptionGuide's Pick
A versatile, hybrid-shell helmet for lightweight protection in any discipline, the Vector features excellent ventilation and a ratcheting adjuster.

Training & Follow Up Climbs

As always, being in excellent 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 climbing trip.

Specific to Rock Climbing – it is a great idea to experience rock climbing in a gym first prior to your first experience outside!

Before Your Trip

Familiarity with basic climbing principles such as knots, belaying, rappelling, and other climbing techniques can be very helpful for our Intro Course participants.  Though not required, prior gym climbing experience will help you to acquire and assimilate the information covered in our rock climbing course progression as quickly as possible.

Follow Up Climbs

  • Intermediate Rock Climbing Course
  • Private Rock Guiding
  • Intro to Alpine Rock Climbing Course
  • Intro to Ice Climbing

Red Rocks, Nevada: Getting There

Red Rocks Nevada is located in the SW Nevada Desert, just outside of Las Vegas, NV.  Las Vegas is a hub for all kinds of outdoor adventure, from mountain biking and rafting, to hiking and jeeping.  Yes, jeeping.

plane-icon The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Las Vegas, NV. Many airline options exist, and because Las Vegas is a major airline and travel destination there are typically many one-way flights to choose from.


suv-icon You will likely need a to organize a rental car to drive to Las Vegas to Red Rocks. Many options exist and you will coordinate directly with your guide regarding meeting places.


hotel-icon-2 There are a number of great hotels in the Las Vegas area, but we strongly urge you to consider camping at one of the many local campgrounds.  A great addition to the experience of spending time in the Nevada desert.  Plus there really aren’t that many rattle snakes out there.

Program Policies

Registration & Cancellation

Advance Registration is required for this program.  You have the option to either call our office and register via phone 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.


  • Guiding and Instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
  • All rock climbing gear (harness, helmet, rock shoes, etc.)



  • Transportation to Las Vegas, NV
  • Hotel costs before, during, or after the program
  • Guide gratuity
  • Lunch food or snacks
  • Personal hiking/climbing clothing
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance (recommended)
  • Costs associated with weather delays or other variables beyond the control of San Juan Mountain Guides

Book This Trip!

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  2. Select your Program dates
  3. Enter your Info and Payment


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