Climbing Guide for Red Rocks in Las Vegas

Climbing Guide for Red Rocks in Las Vegas
As you cling to a rock face hundreds of feet above the ground, the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas will seem thousands of miles away, not a mere 17 miles to the east. The world-renowned rock-climbing destination of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers a welcome respite from crowds on the Strip. Hiring a professional climbing guide provides a safe way to experience Red Rocks' vertical terrain, even for first-time rock climbers.


American Alpine Institute (AAI) offers daily guided climbs in Red Rocks for all levels of rock climbers from September through the middle of May. AAI has half-day, full-day, and multiday climbing courses, as well as the option of hiring a climbing guide for a specific Red Rocks climb. AAI also organizes rock-climbing excursions for corporations.

American Alpine Institute
1515 12th St.
Bellingham, WA 98225


Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (JHMG) provides a full range of climbing classes and adventures in Red Rocks. For beginners, JHMG recommends its Introduction to Rock Climbing class, a full-day course covering rock-climbing basics. JHMG's climbing guides will also lead experienced clients up particular Red Rocks climbing routes. Additional options include personalized climbing outings for families, corporations, clubs, and other groups.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
P.O. Box 7477
Jackson, WY 83002


Moab Desert Adventures (MDA) offers guidance for experienced rock climbers up some of Red Rocks' most coveted rock climbs, such as Solar Slab (5.6), Crimson Chrysalis (5.8), and Dream of Wild Turkeys (5.10). Appropriate for intermediate to advanced rock climbers, MDA's Red Rocks climbing adventures take place in late October and early November.

Moab Desert Adventures
801 Oak Street
Moab, UT 84532

Mountain Madness

Ranked by "National Geographic Adventure" as one of 2009's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth," Mountain Madness provides single and multiday Red Rocks rock-climbing courses for all levels of rock climbers. Immersion courses in Red Rocks include such extras as lead climbing and rescue training. Mountain Madness also crafts customized family and individual rock-climbing excursions.

Mountain Madness Inc.
3018 SW Charlestown Street
Seattle, WA 98126

Mountain Skills

Mountain Skills Rock Guides (MSRG) lets inexperienced rock climbers dive right in with all-day Red Rocks guided climbing trips for beginners. Intermediate and advanced rock climbers can hire a climbing guide for individual multipitch rock climbs or take a climbing lesson to improve specific skills. MSRG also offers corporate team-building Red Rocks climbing adventures.

Mountain Skills Rock Guides
P.O. Box 206
Arroyo Seco, NM 87514

Article Written By Alli Rainey

A professional writer since 1997, Harvard graduate Alli Rainey has written several books, including "Wyoming: An Explorer's Guide." Her articles have appeared in "Climbing Magazine," "Rock & Ice," and "Men's Fitness," among many others.

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