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Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing

It is important to be familiar with technical rock climbing regulations before beginning a climb. While technical climbs do not require registration, it is your responsibility to make sure someone reports your absence if you happen to be overdue.  The Park closes at sunset, no night climbing is permitted.  Bolts, pitons, and other fixed gear are not maintained by the Park.

A valid State Parks pass is required to enter the Park every day.  Passes may be purchased at the self-service station at the east end of the park or at the Visitor Center at the west end of the Park.  Commercial use (climbing instruction, photography, filming, etc.) requires a permit - call 303-494-3943.

In case of serious injury call 911, and report the incident to Park staff at the entrance station or visitor center (telephone 303-494-3943).

Top Roping and Sport Climbing

Top ropes and exclusively bolted leads are rare in Eldorado. Eldorado sport routes start at 5.11. Top ropes can be set on the north face of Supremacy Rock (5.6 - 5.9). The south side has a 5.11 crack that can be top roped. Other top ropes include: Kloof Alcove routes (5.11 - 5.12); Breakfast of Champions (5.11) at the lower west side of Redgarden Wall; the lower east side of Redgarden Wall to the right of The Bulge (5.9 - 5.11); and NIC to Over and Out on Rincon Wall (5.6 - 5. 10). Several of these routes can be top roped from trees with long slings; others require gear for anchors. The first pitch of March of Dimes (Bastille) can also be top roped from fixed anchors.

A nearby top rope alternative is the Brick Wall (5.9 - 5.11), four miles up Boulder Canyon. Sport climbing (5.7 - 5.12) can be found at Golden Cliffs on North Table Mountain, 18 miles south on Highway 93 off First Street in Golden. For more information consult one of the area's many guidebooks available for sale at the Visitor Center or in local climbing shops.

  • Minimize Your Impact Every Time You Climb

  • Make a conscious decision to minimize your impact every time you climb:

  • Pack out all of your empty bottles, wrappers, and cigarette butts!

  • Pets must be kept on a six foot leash and under control at all times, pets may not be left at the base of multi-pitch climbs! Don't allow pets on loose slopes where scrambling causes erosion and rock slides.

  • Use minimal chalk.​

  • Use the park's restroom facilities whenever possible. If you must, bury feces and paper in an 8" deep hole and at least 200 feet from water runoff areas and trails.

The Action Committee for Eldorado (ACE) is committed to protecting Eldorado Canyon State Park and promoting environmentally responsible climbing. ACE is a non-profit corporation comprised of climbers from local and national climbing organizations as well as other volunteers.