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Cheyenne Canyon Ice Climbing

While it's a great locals spot for rock climbing in the summer once the temperatures drop a few ice climbs form that make for a great opportunity for beginner ice climbers. Tucked up in the pine trees on the edge of Colorado Springs in the southern Front Range the canyon winds up the road to a couple small waterfalls that reliably form once winter solidly sets in. While mostly beginner climbs there are some mixed climbs and a multipitch climb that makes for a good venue to learn to ice climb or improve one's technique and skills.

Owing to low elevation and limited snow this can be a more pleasant location for weather and avalanches are very unlikely to be of concern. While not every climb is reliable in warm or dry seasons there is enough reliable climbing for beginners to learn the basics in any season and more advanced climbers in wet seasons.

North Cheyenne Canyon Ice Climbing Information


Ice climbing in Cheyenne Canyon usually starts in mid to late December and can last til about mid-March. Avalanche conditions are a minimal concern in this area but not every climb in the area is reliable.

Guided Ice Climbing Trip Rates

1 Guide Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Guest $329 $389 $449
2 Guests $269 $329 $389
3 Guests $219 $269 $329
4 Guests $169 $219 $269
2 guides to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Guests $139 $169 $219

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $269/person for a total of $807. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 9AM starts for most ice climbing December through March for best use of time and ice conditions.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

Cheyenne Canyon is located in Colorado Springs in the southern Front Range making Colorado Springs the nearest airport with plentiful flights available while Denver International is frequently more affordable but about an hour and a half away.

Typical Meeting Location:

There are only a few ice climbs to do in Cheyenne Canyon which makes them the best ones just by availability.

Climb Name Climb Description
Silver Cascade Slab (WI2-WI3, 1 pitch) A great climb for new climbers to learn how to ice climb this formation is part of a waterfall in the summer and consistently forms every year. Because the ice spreads across the wall it can yield a few different climbs to do in one area as well as good terrain for learning footwork. Silver Cascade
Hully Gully (WI3+, 2 pitches) In the past the location was a secret and is still quite difficult to find for the uninitiated. The hike down is a little committing but with two pitches of steep, high quality ice, it's worth the walk. Because it is fed by groundwater it may not form in warm, dry years. Hully Gully
The Phantom (WI3 M6, 1 pitch) A stout climb with a stout approach this climb is named for the fact that it's not often in but it's a challenging climb when available. A scramble up unprotectable slabs at the base can make this better approached from above The Phantom

Trips Include

-Group climbing equipment (ropes, carabiners, etc).

-Individual climbing equipment (harness, helmet, climbing shoes, and belay devices).

-Guide with AMGA Training and Certification for climbing and instruction.

Trip Excludes

-Transportation to climbing sites or any sort of lodging.

-Guide gratuities.

-Personal clothing and footwear.

-Personal snacks and water.

-Trip Insurance

-Other costs not associated with services provided by The Colorado Climbing Company.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If for some reason you need to cancel your course or trip outside of 30 days you will receive a full refund less service charges to cover our costs incurred. For trips less than $500 this service charge is $50 and for those more than $500 this service charge is $100 or 10% of the trip cost, whichever is greater. If you must cancel within 30 days of the course or trip a refund of 50% will be given. All balances are due in full before the start of any course or trip and no refunds will be given beyond the course or trip date. In the case of unsafe conditions, weather or other circumstances beyond our control we will do our best to reschedule or issue a credit for a future trip. If this isn't possible you will receive a refund less the previously outlined service charges.