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Rock Climbing in Parks

The towering rock formations in the Colorado Springs area have been a climbing destination for decades.  Each year, over 7,500 technical climbers receive a free annual permit to ascend rocks that were formed millions of years ago.  Technical climbing on these ancient rock formations is managed to help protect the resource while providing for the enjoyment and challenge of the sport. Climbing is an inherently dangerous activity. Technical Climbing is at your own risk. The City of Colorado Springs does not install, inspect, nor maintain the fixed protection devices. Your safety is your own responsibility. Rock Climbing is governed by City Code 9.9.104 as well as administrative regulations and guidelines set forth by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director.  Technical climbing is only permitted in the Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, North Cheyenne Cañon Park, and Ute Valley Park.

Apply online for a rock climbing permit

There are currently no seasonal rock closures in place. Temporary closures possible with specific routes posted onsite.