Crested Butte Colorado Rock Climbing

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Rock Climbing

Between the high-elevation Elk Mountains and the developed limestone cragging in the nearby town of Gunnison, there's a wide variety of quality climbing around Crested Butte.

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  • Most rock climbing is found around the nearby town of Gunnison, which has over a dozen developed areas, including Taylor and Black Canyons.
  • Crested Butte's uncrowded bouldering area, Skyland Boulders, has epic routes on clean rock with great views.
  • Crested Butte climbing guides offer mountaineering trips on local big peaks and instruction on technical rock walls.


Most of the developed rock climbing is closer to Gunnison, a short drive from Crested Butte. There's almost endless mountaineering in the Elk Mountains surrounding the Butte.

Where to go climbing & mountaineering

  • Conundrum, Castle Peak and the Maroon Bells are popular 14,000-foot peaks near Crested Butte that offer many intermediate to extreme mountaineering routes.
  • Skyland Boulders, east of downtown Crested Butte and accessed from Upper Loop Trail, is considered by many to have the finest bouldering in Colorado and unparalleled scenery.
  • The steep walls of the Black Canyon are home to almost 100 trad routes. You should be able to climb at least 5.8 on a top rope and be comfortable placing protection to climb here.

Guided Tours & Rentals

Crested Butte climbing guides can take you to the clouds on top of a local 14er or show you around the best technical climbing routes in one of the most beautiful outdoor classrooms on Earth.

Other Rock Climbing Resources

The American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club is a well known national club that offers information on climbing and mountaineering throughout the country.

The Colorado Mountain Club

A great source for info on climbs, fellow local climbers, and instruction.