Colorado Rock Climbing

Colorado rock climbing is synonymous with beautiful wilderness settings and world class mountaineering.

Join Apex’s professional guides and climb in the wilderness surrounding Red Cliff, enjoy a private family outing near Vail, climb basalt columns of Table Mesa near Denver, or test yourself on the challenging steep routes of Rifle Mountain Park.

If you are looking for a loftier objective, try an exciting 1000′ ascent of a Flatiron in Boulder or an overnight adventure on Colorado National Monument’s Independence Tower.  Apex also has an abundance of climbing courses that includes beginner classes focused on teaching the basics of climbing on real rock and advanced clinics aimed at taking your climbing to the next level.

Apex has more AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) trained guides than any other guide service in the area, making us the go-to source for professional instruction.  With a wide variety of climbing options and some of the best weather in the country, Colorado is a perfect summer destination.

Rock Climbing Trips

Vail Rock Climbing

Whether you’re a first-time or experienced climber, Vail offers an excellent selection of routes ranging in height from 50 to 100 feet tall within minutes of your hotel. Exciting and challenging climbing await all age, ability and fitness levels. Beginners welcome.

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Beaver Creek Rock Climbing

Just minutes from Beaver Creek, these rock climbing areas offer a multitude of routes on various rock types and heights. Our climbing guides are ready to provide a challenging and fun experience for climbers of all ability levels. This outing includes all equipment and a private guide, and beginners through advanced climbers are welcome.

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Breckenridge Rock Climbing

Just a short drive over the pass from Breckenridge is an abundance of outstanding quality rock climbing. Routes ranging from 50-100 feet tall are available to suit all ability levels, beginner to advanced. This exciting outing is an excellent adrenaline boost for your family and friends, and includes a private guide and all equipment.

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Group Rock Climbing

Challenge yourselves and connect with family, friends and coworkers on a group rock climbing outing. Our professional mountain guides share this exciting outing with your group, and can even build in techniques to encourage group trust and improved communication skills if you wish. All ages, abilities and fitness levels are welcome.

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Flatirons Climbing

The Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado offer outstanding multi-pitch climbing to both beginner and intermediate climbers. This is a true alpine climbing experience, and a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you’re looking to learn to multi-pitch, or just looking for an unforgettable climbing outing, the Flatirons deliver.

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Multi-Pitch Climbing

From beginner to advanced climbers, everyone can enjoy the exhilaration of multi-pitch climbing on some of the most celebrated routes in Colorado. Skills practiced include various knots for multi-pitching, placing and removing gear, building anchors and climbing efficiently. If you’re looking to strengthen your knowledge and skills in climbing, a multi-pitch adventure is an excellent learning environment.


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Multi-Pitch Overnighter

Climb a remote desert tower with one of Apex’s professional climbing guides. Relax on the summit as your guide prepares a delicious evening meal, then climb into your bag and spend the night sleeping where few humans have traveled, let alone spent the night. Wake the next morning for a beautiful sunrise and descend for your hike out. Unforgettable. Definitely.


Indoor Climbing

Indoor climbing is a great introduction to rock climbing for beginners, as well as a great opportunity to progress climbing skills for intermediate and advanced climbers. This facility is a state of the art climbing gym, and offers bouldering, top rope climbing and lead climbing. Instruction from a private climbing guide and equipment is included.

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This exciting outing is available as rappelling alone or can be combined with rock climbing for even more fun. A unique adrenaline rush, rappelling continues to gain in popularity. Start at the top of a cliff and abseil down a sheer rock wall, all while being backed up by our professional guides. All ages and ability levels welcome.

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Rock Climbing Courses

Beginner Rock Climbing

Learn the fundamentals of rock climbing in this beginner rock climbing course with Apex professional climbing guides. Knots, belaying and moving on rock are just a few of the topics. We provide all equipment and an environment in which you can learn climbing skills and have a fun time doing it.

Intermediate Rock Climbing

Raise your skill level in this intermediate rock climbing course. Apex’s professional mountain guides build on your existing skills and introduce you to new techniques specific to your goals. Topics may include top rope anchors, face and crack climbing techniques and efficient body positioning.

Advanced Rock Climbing

This advanced rock climbing course is an excellent way to fine tune your technical skills and raise your climbing grade, opening up new doors in your climbing pursuits. Place gear, build anchors and learn advanced climbing technique.

How to Lead Climb

Learn how to lead climb with Apex and take to the sharp end. Our professional mountain guides instruct climbers in the fundamentals of leading on both sport and traditional routes, including clipping technique, evaluating bolts and gear, and assessing your risk tolerance. Previous top rope rock climbing experience is required.

Building Climbing Anchors

In Apex’s “building climbing anchors” course, our guides teach how to evaluate and build climbing anchors, from natural to bolts, and teach how to place your own gear. These skills apply to top roping, lead climbing and multi pitch climbing, and are crucial in advancing your climbing pursuits.