Montrose Rock Climbing

Montrose is known as the home to world-class climbing in the Black Canyon. But there are also some secret cracks and quality sandstone climbing within minutes of town.

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Montrose, Stay Here Climb Everywhere!


The climbing around Montrose lends itself to any number of skill development opportunities. There is amazing, beginner friendly, top-roping at Dry Creek with all types of sandstone climbing; cracks, slabs, and, face climbing. The world-famous Black Canyon has an endless supply of massive multi-pitch trad climbs.

Montrose rock climbing is “undiscovered”.

Far from the crowded climbing areas of the Front Range of Colorado, climbing on the Western Slope offers a laid back atmosphere. Despite the limited number of climbers there is absolutely MORE climbing here than anywhere in the Colorado!

Part of the Ultimate Rock Pass

Montrose is part of our Ultimate Rock Pass,  Our best value for 1 on 1 instruction and guidance, a punch pass for multiple days with a private guide at the cost of a group enrollment program. This pass is good anywhere we offer rock climbing “day trips”.

A Connection to Progression


This video was filmed at Dry Creek, our favorite secret sandstone climbing area! Dry Creek is on of the best crags for learning to climb, there is slabs, cracks, and face climbing, plus a good varity of difficulty.

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Best Climbing Areas Near Montrose


The Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park Climbing

In between Montrose and Gunnison, Colorado The Black Canyon is Colorado’s world-class multi-pitch climbing destination. Massive humbling climbs on sheer Granite walls combined with accessible entry-level classic climbs like Mayden Voyage and Dragon’s Tooth.

This is the perfect place to experience the adventure of multipitch trad climbing.

The Black Canyon is perfect for:

  • Preparing for big wall climbing in Yosemite
  • Learning advanced multi-pitch trad climbing
  • Experiencing big multi-pitch climbing

Dry Creek

Just outside of Montrose, Dry Creek is a little-known sandstone crag with perfect short pitches of all types of climbing. This is our favorite place for teaching rock climbing, the climbing here lends itself to a perfect day for all climbing abilities and styles.

The spot is perfect for:

  • Learning to lead sport climbs
  • Learning trad climbing
  • Beginner rock climbing
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Program Details


Time and Place

This trip meets at the Ridgway Office, 160 Liddel St. #C3. Details will be coordinated with your guide.

Equipment List

All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
View equipment list as PDF

Group Size

This is a private program, no one else will be paired with your party. If your group is larger than 4 for toproping, we apply a group discount and additional guides are added to keep the guest to guide ratio at 4:1 or lower. Multi-pitch climbing is a maximum ratio of 2:1.

Refund Policy

You may cancel and receive a refund of a Program for events out of your control such as an injury or family emergency. This refund will be less credit card fees. Transfers (or change of date) are allowed at no cost pending availability. You may not receive a refund if do not to show up to a Program without notice.

Give us a call, our guides will craft the perfect trip for you.


Really, just call or text! We specialize in getting to know you and planning the best trip possible with our partner, you.

Contact Us

The Peak Guide House
311 Main Street | Ouray CO 81427

Peak Mountain Guides, LLC
160 Liddell St. #C3 | Ridgway CO 81432
PO Box 2051 | Ridgway CO 81432

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.