Aspen is home to a great variety of premiere rock climbing routes, from Independence Pass down to Riffle. The area is great for experienced climbers and beginners alike. For the closest rock climbing to Aspen, check out Independence Pass. As you drive up the road to Independence Pass in the summer, you’ll likely see climbers scaling the many cliffs scattered on either side of the valley. The Pass offers a great variety of climbing, from traditional multi-pitch routes to cutting edge sport climbs. It is also possible to put a top rope up on some of the routes if you prefer not to lead.
As you head down the Roaring Fork Valley, several other areas are great for climbing, from Basalt, to Carbondale, and all the way to Rifle. Check out the Crystal River Valley for recently developed routes close to Carbondale. The Narrows and Coal Creek are mostly sport climbing areas with Coal Basin providing good bouldering.
Glenwood Canyon is home to a wide variety of crags with the Puoux and No Name being the most frequently climbed. In the spring and fall, Glenwood Canyon is a great place to climb with milder weather than Aspen and Independence Pass, however, it can get quite hot in the middle of the summer.
If you are an experienced climber looking for a challenge, check out Rifle Mountain Park. This climbing area contains most routes in the 5.10+ range and is world renowned. For more information on the climbing down valley of Aspen, check out the Western Colorado Climbing site.
New to climbing? There are several guide services in the Aspen area that will take you out for a great day of climbing and ensure that you are safe in the process.
Aspen Alpine Guides – Serving Aspen since 1987, Aspen Alpine Guides offers rock climbing courses and individual instruction.
Aspen Expeditions – Also offers rock climbing guiding and specializes on the rock of Independence Pass.