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With names like the Mudwall, Dead Horse, the Neighborhood, the Slab and Quartzite Wasteland, climbing fans won’t run out of routes anytime soon in Glenwood Canyon. For a quick climbing fix on a safe and proven route, head to the east side of the Glenwood Springs Tunnels. Known as the Puoux (pronounced “pukes”), this limestone sport crag offers good Colorado rock climbing year round and is divided into four sections: Roadside Wall, Main Wall, Upper Levels and Fault Wall. Each section has a number of climbing routes with varying degrees of difficulty.

Climbing at Rifle Mountain Park

Located 25-minutes west of Glenwood Springs is some of the most mythical limestone climbing in North America. Rifle Mountain Park is considered to be the birthplace of Colorado sport climbing and is home to an astounding 400 climbing routes, many rated in the sweet spot between 5.13 -5.14. The Park is considered to have the highest quality concentration and a variety of climbing routes in the world. Enthusiasts from around the globe clamber for the opportunity to test their skills on the Leadville limestone. High profile routes include the Arsenal, the Wasteland, and the Anti-Phil. When rock climbing at Rifle Mountain Park, keep in mind there is a day use fee and limited parking.

Start your Colorado rock climbing adventure today! Explore all the things to do in Glenwood Springs; there is something for everyone and a new adventure to be had every day!

Glenwood Climbing Guides

Glenwood Climbing Guides


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Reservations to hike Hanging Lake are released on a weekly basis every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. 

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.