Colorado is overflowing with fantastic rock formations to climb. From Garden of the Gods to Red Rock Canyon, Table Mountain to Boulders at Castle Rock, the scenic vistas, fresh Colorado air and moments of being in-tune with nature can be almost overwhelming. To brush up on those rock climbing skills where falls aren’t as scary, practice at Colorado’s amazing indoor climbing facilities.
Paradise Rock Gym
6260 Washington St., Ste. 5
Denver, CO 80216
Price: $10 day pass/$6 bouldering/$40 memberships
Hours: Mon, Wed and Fri – 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tues and Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The first indoor rock climbing gym in the country, Paradise Rock Gym offers more than 9,000 square feet of terrain to sharpen your skills. More than 65 routes afford everything from beginner to expert on the custom wall. An experienced climbers’ running wall is also within the facility, as well as a 12-foot bouldering course. Rental gear is available.
1912 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
Hours: Mon, Wed and Fri – 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tues and Thurs – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: $13 guest day pass/$50 monthly membership
If hanging out is your style, the Thrillseeker’s 12,000-square-foot facility complete with overhangs, a 35-foot great roof, and five arches is just the place to go. Offering a constant challenge to anyone, the plethora of courses and obstacles are only enhanced by the fantastic training and amenities of the facility. Complimentary harness rentals and helmets add to the proshop offerings of the latest gear.
Denver Bouldering Club
2485 W. 2nd Ave. #18
Denver, CO 80223
Price: $15 guest pass/from $55 for six-month memberships
Unique in that members have 24-hour access to the gym, Denver Bouldering Club gym is home to more than 1,500 square feet of climbing space. With incredible training opportunities including expert climbing instruction and classes, the top-notch center features free Wi-Fi, a 15-foot bouldering wall and a climbing media center.
1416 Platte St.
Denver, CO 80202
Price: $20 lifetime REI membership
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Denver flagship store for Recreational Equipment Inc. is located in the historic Tramway Building along the Platte River. Providing outdoor explorers of all types with top-of-the-line gear and apparel, the central climbing wall is the pride of the location, offering free ropes courses to members. Started as a co-op for climbers, the retail location has everything you need to get started, test gear or take your climbing to the next level.
Rock’n & Jam’n
9499 N. Washington St., Unit C
Thorton, CO 80229
Price: $12 off-hours/$15 prime hours/$60 unlimited monthly membership
Hours: Mon and Wed – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tues and Thurs – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri – 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Just north of Denver Rock’n & Jam’n’s innovative facility to more than meets the needs of area rock climbers. Opened in 1997, the gym has become extremely popular among the climbing community with walls named the front canyon, lead cave, back canyon and boulder. Its sister gym facility, located in Centennial, is a great way to shake things up with three additional courses offered there.
Insider’s Tips: Check out punch cards or 12-month memberships for discounts at these gyms. Some offer free member clinics, special discounts and guest appearances with membership. Members also benefit from free guest days, classes and gear discounts at select locations.
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