Rock Climbing in the Garden

The towering formations in the Garden of the Gods are the rock climbers nirvana.  Over 7,500 technical climbers enjoy this sport here each year.  The balancing act here is the enjoyment of the visitors and the protection of the park for the ages.  Here I’ll explain a few of the rules for technical climbing.  But be sure to check out all the rules HERE.

Some of the rules . . .

Annual registration is required.  It is free and can be done online HERE.  Make sure to keep a copy of your permit with you when you climb.

Scrambling - which is defined as climbing more than ten feet above the base of the rock without climbing equipment - is not allowed.

Technical climbing - in parties of two or more, with the proper equipment is permitted. There is fixed protection already in place for the numerous routes in the garden. Ropes, carabiners to clip in to the fixed protection, and whatever removable chocks or camming equipment is what you’ll need to climb here. 

Sport rappelling is not allowed in the garden.  Bouldering is permitted with these exceptions: Sentinel Rock, Red and White Twin Spires, Signature Rock, and on the South face of North Gateway Rocks.

It’s important that you do not place additional permanent protection in the rocks unless absolutely necessary.  You may use a chalk substitute that doesn’t discolor the rock but calcium carbonate isn’t allowed.

Seasonal Closures

There are seasonal closures to climbing in the garden in certain places - mostly for protection of raptor nesting sites.  Closed routes are marked.  You can information on seasonal closures  here.

To get all the rules for climbing in the park and to get your free permit, go HERE.

And most of all - be careful.  Don’t want the CSFD to have to come rescue you.

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