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Rocky Mountain National Park Touring

Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Touring Information


Skiing and splitboarding in Rocky Mountain National Park is usually best between the start of the New Year and early Summer. While it's possible to ride all year round the summmer and fall may be less than enjoyeable.

Guided 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.

Rocky Mountain National Park is generally approached from the town of Estes Park which is roughly an hour and a half from Denver International Airport.

Typical Meeting Location:

With terrain all along the Continental Divide and the remains of an abandoned ski area this is a great location for learning and finding some of the best descents.

Descent Descent Description
Banana Bowls With mellow turns and an easy approach this can be a great location for those new to backcountry riding particularly in hazardous avalanche conditions. Cotton Mouth
Sherman Route (WI4, 6 pitches) Just above the old Sherman townsite this obvious route looms over the valley. Fed by a large avalanche bowl this climb comes in earlier and more reliably than other climbs in the area. When avalanche conditions allow a full ascent to the summit can be a demanding alpine route while a variety of variations on the first pitch can make for a number of topropes before the ice park has opened. Sherman Route
Open Casket (WI5, 4 pitches) A stout climb with a stout approach is reserved for the dedicated ice climber. With a south facing aspect and other variations nearby this is a great area to spend a few days ski touring and climbing deep into winter. Open Casket

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.

The beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park is just as enjoyeable in the winter. With terrain that never seems to end you can find