Denver: Climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park

Posted on October 18, 2011


Located conveniently between the vast wilderness of Rocky Mountain State Park and Denver’s vast urban metropolis, Eldorado Canyon has become one of the most popular day-trip destinations in the region.

Denver: Climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park. Photo:

Denver: Climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park. Photo:

A recreational hub for hikers, mountain bikers and climbers alike, the biggest draw to “Eldo” are the sheer, golden sandstone cliffs that rise dramatically above South Boulder Creek. The canyon is home to over 500 climbing routes, mostly classic trad routes, and the park’s trail system is well-maintained and provides easy access to the walls that reach up to 700 feet.

Due to the park’s proximity to metro areas, not to mention the sheer popularity of the place on its own, you’ll likely never have the cliffs to yourself –even if you’re a local and plan a seemingly perfect approach. If you’re traveling through the area looking for a day on the rock, outfitters like Peak Mountain Guides provide expert knowledge of the routes and all the gear you’ll need for the climb.

There are a ton of outdoor options that blanket the western fringes of Denver, but perhaps the closest –with the best quality classic climbing– is Eldorado Canyon’s sandstone cliffs.

1. Distance to Denver – 35 Miles

2. Length of season – May-October

3. Available Terrain – 500 Routes, 885 Acres

4. Cost for access – $350 (Private), $135 (Group)

5. Expert factor (1 beginner 5 expert) – 2.5