Climbing Gyms

In the Pikes Peak Region

The Pikes Peak Region is home to iconic rock climbing areas such as Garden of the Gods, Shelf Road, and Turkey Rocks. In order to climb in these spectacular areas, you must learn safe climbing practices, climbing etiquette, and technical rock climbing skills. Learn the ropes at one of the local rock climbing gyms.

Forms of climbing that can be practiced in indoor climbing gyms are bouldering and sport climbing.

Getting Started

Bouldering is done without the use of ropes, at low heights over safety mats. Sport climbing can be top rope, where climbers are attached to a rope anchored at the top of the wall, or lead, where the climbers clip their rope into bolts pre-placed on the face of a wall.

Some climbing gyms also have auto-belays, a partner-free clip-and-climb mechanical system that caters to beginners wanting to give climbing a try, or for experienced climbers looking to get in mileage.

Check out the F.A.Q.’s for Climbing Gyms Below! 

Climbing gyms also offer climbing related activities such as introductory classes, adult and kids programs, yoga, fitness, competitions, and birthday parties.

Pro Tip

A great way to start your indoor climbing experience in the Pikes Peak region is to take to the web to search for Climbing Gyms. Pick the one you would like to visit first. A day pass is the best option for your first visit. Bring family or friends and have fun!

Be Prepared

If you are new to climbing, you can learn the basics by taking a sport climbing or bouldering introductory class.  Sport climbing classes teach belaying, basic knot tying, and basic climbing movement. Bouldering classes teach how to fall, how to spot, and basic bouldering movement. Introductory classes are designed to give beginners the skills needed to climb independently and enjoy their climbing experience.

If you are visiting a climbing gym for the first time, you will have to fill out a waiver. Sometimes these waivers are available on the climbing gym’s website. Children under the age of 18 need a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Filling out your waiver online will save you time when you arrive at the gym. Expect to watch an orientation video or receive staff instruction upon arrival. You will also get fitted for equipment. This process can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the number of climbers in your party.

Wear comfortable clothing that can move with you as you climb, and that feels comfortable underneath a harness. If you don’t have your own climbing gear, no problem! Climbing gyms have rental equipment available for all ages and sizes.

Outdoor Ethics for Climbing Gyms

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  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

In popular areas

  • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
  • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

In pristine areas

  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

Gear & Services


Yes. Orientation videos and a tour of the facility are usually part of the first time visit. The climbing equipment can be included in the day pass or rented. Climbing gyms have systems in place to help you start climbing.

Stretchy athletic clothing that allows you to move on the wall (ex: what you’d wear to yoga) is preferred. Long shorts are better than short shorts, as they protect your legs from the harness straps. Some gyms allow the use of regular running shoes (or sneakers), or you can rent climbing shoes (socks optional). Barefoot climbing is not allowed. Avoid hoop earrings or jewelry that could get caught on the wall. Even wedding rings should be removed and stored somewhere safe. Long hair should to be tied back.

Yes. Everyone who enters a climbing gym must fill out a visitor agreement. Some gyms also require a waiver for observers. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a visitor agreement signed by the parent or legal guardian.

Usually, yes. Some gyms have a specific area for them. Some gyms allow children to climb with their parents or guardians. Check with the gym you’re visiting for their rules regarding children.

Constant supervision is always required. Climbing can be dangerous!

A helmet is not required, and most climbers do not wear them indoors. If you wish to bring a climbing helmet you are welcome to.

No. You can climb as high as you are comfortable with. One step at the time. Enjoy your climbing experience.

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