Climbing near Gunnison Colorado

Gunnison, or 'Gunny' to the locals, is the major mountain town west of Salida between the resort area of Crested Butte and the quiet town of Lake City where we do some amazing ice climbing in the winter. It's also the gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.  One of the local areas, Hartmann Rocks has a wide variety of granite domes all over the high desert sagebrush. Because of the altitude this makes a great summer and fall location and particularly for beginner climbers or those who want to learn to sport lead. Because of the geology the climbing features many quartz crystals and chickenheads that make for enjoyable climbing. With all the climbing around it may be hard to notice but this is also a great destination for mountain biking and nearby rafting as well. Farther out of town is The Gate a notch carved in the rock by the Lake Fork of the Gunnison. With a variety of cracks that extend from the ground to the summit there is some multi-pitch climbing or just some space for anyone who wants to learn to crack climb. Further south in Lake City there are a number of granite domes on the Alpine Loop and if you get tired of rock climbing check out our spring and winter outings on the beginner 14er ascents we offer there.

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Gunnison Rock Climbing Information


Climbing in the Gunnison area is available year round weather permitting. Generally weather is pleasant in the late spring, summer, and fall with the occasional warm winter day.

Guided Rock Climbing Trip Rates

1 Guide Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Guest $309 $369 $429
2 Guests $249 $309 $369
3 Guests $199 $249 $309
4 Guests $149 $199 $249
2 guides to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Guests $119 $149 $199

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $259/person for a total of $777. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 8AM starts for most rock climbing May through September to avoid heat, crowding, and afternoon thunderstorms.

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.

Gunnison climbing areas are located near the City of Gunnison which has a small municipal airport that sees few flights.

Flights into Grand Junction are closer and more widely available with a two and a half hour drive while Denver International is more affordable with many more options but is a four and a half hour drive.

Typical Meeting Location:

With a variety of slabs and cracks there is a bit of something for everyone. While Hartman Rocks is the primary climbing area other granite crags scattered around Lake City are worth a visit for more advanced climbers.

Climb Name Climb Description
Beginner Slab (5.6-5.10, single pitch) The ideal area for new climbers to get their introductory rock climbing experience. This area of Hartman Rocks has a range of climbs easing their way up in difficulty on different features making it a great place to learn to climb.
God's Crag (5.9-5.14, single pitch) While the name hints at the heavenly location this area is best for those seriously devoted to climbing. With steep, high quality granite in an alpine location it's a unique place to test one's skills with very little under 5.11 to warm up on.

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.

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