Our gorgeous state is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast thanks to its diverse geography; from alpine mountains, arid plains and deserts to deep canyons, rivers, lakes and lush forests, Colorado never falls short on places to explore.

And while there are many activities one can partake in, rock climbing is a great way to appreciate Colorado’s outdoors. You’ll get a good workout, have a ton of fun, and once you reach the top, you will have earned the right to bask in some incredible views.

So strap on your climbing harness and get ready to climb, climb and climb this spring!

Here are some of the best places to enjoy the sport of rock climbing in Colorado.

Garden of the Gods | Colorado Springs

The Garden of the Gods really does look like a holy paradise! The garden features 300-foot sandstone rock formations – perfect for your climbing adventure. In addition to rock climbing, visitors can also learn about the history of the rock formations by visiting the museum’s many exhibits. You can also take Jeep or Segway tours and explore the park up close and personal.

Clear Creek Canyon Park | Golden

There are over 700 routes for climbers at all stages so don’t fret about being a beginner. And if you’re an experienced climber, then you’ll have plenty to climb here as well. The grandiose canyon extends from Golden to Idaho Springs. Surrounding this steep canyon is a body of water and a lot of forest.

Rocky Mountain National Park | Estes Park

If you’re looking for the ultimate climbing experience, then try out Rocky Mountain National Park. The park offers climbers three climbing experiences. You can rock climb, ice climb or boulder. And for those who may need some assistance, the park offers guided tours to help you reach the top of your ability.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

If you’re an experienced climber, then you might want to check out Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This park is inside one of Colorado’s deepest and darkest canyons that have cliff walls that rise to 2,722 feet. With over 140 routes to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect one for your level. This is a great place to upgrade your rock climbing skills in one of Colorado’s most challenging rock climbing canyons.

Whether you’re an experienced climber or just trying out the sport for fun, don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone and climb to the best of your abilities!