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 wilderness camping permit to camp or bivouac. Contact the park's Wilderness Office at 970-586-1242 for specific 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.
Timed Entry Permits
Rocky Mountain National Park will implement another pilot temporary timed entry permit reservation system beginning on May 26 through October 22, 2023. The reservation permit system will be similar to that used in 2022, with two types of reservations available.
Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability, with no set time for departure. The reservation system will apply to all areas of the park.
For all details, a list of frequently asked quesitons, 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: September 29, 2023