Climbing has been a popular activity in and around the area known today as Rocky Mountain National Park since the 1800's. The wide variety of peaks and granite rock formations in the park provide excellent opportunities for a wide spectrum of climbing including traditional alpine climbing, big wall, bouldering, snow and ice, and mountaineering.
A climbing permit is not required for climbing and mountaineering, but climbers on overnight trips must have a backcountry camping permit to camp or bivouac. Contact the Wilderness Office at 970-586-1242 for information on permit procedures, backcountry conditions, and climbing regulations. For information on the west side of the park, call the Kawuneeche Visitor Center Wilderness Office at 970-586-1521.
To enter all areas of Rocky Mountain National Park from May 27 to October 10, 2022 a Timed Entry Permit Reservation is required in addition to a valid park pass. For all details and for links to RMNP's Recreation.gov page, visit the park's Timed Entry Permit webpage.
All visitors who climb in RMNP are asked to take personal responsibility for the care of the fragile resources we all love. To accomplish this goal, please adopt this code of ethics for low impact climbing and share it with your fellow climbers:
Mountain conditions are often vastly different from those in the valley. Snow often stays in the mountains until mid-July. Afternoon storms can pop up without warning and bring lightning, rain, and hail to the peaks. Rockfall can quickly change a route. Conditions in the mountains can change suddenly.
For more information on lightning safety when climbing, visit theLightning Safety page
Chaos Canyon Debris Slide Area Closure- Areas West of Lake Haiyaha Remain Closed:
Chaos Canyon is a popular area for bouldering. On June 28, 2022, a large rockslide event occurred on the south slope of Hallett Peak, resulting in sliding rock falling into Upper Chaos Canyon. Learn more about the rockslide event and view a closure area map on the park Current Conditions webpage.
Guiding and Concessionaire Activities
If you are interested in learning climbing, advancing your knowledge or would like a guide, several concessionaires are authorized to lead trips in Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit the park's Commercial Use Authorization webpage for information
Last updated: August 18, 2022