The Telluride region has excellent year-round rock climbing. From high-altitude conglomerate and granite routes to sun-baked sandstone, Telluride has it all, at every angle, type (trad, sport or bouldering), length and difficulty to satisfy the first timer or seasoned hardman (or hard-woman). Not interested in rock climbing? Try a hike through the San Juan mountains during your next Telluride vacation.
Below is a list of some of the most common climbing areas in and around Telluride.
The Via Ferrata
Translates literally to "Road of Iron". This climb/traverse is quite an adrenaline rush that has you moving horizontally over 200+ ft. cliffs, just across the valley from the Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride. Beautiful views of the box canyon! Check out this video:
Though not directly in Telluride, the Ophir Wall is pretty close. Hosting a number of single and multipitch slabs (often with fixed pro) and a grade range of 5.6-5.10, the Ophir Wall is a great place to visit again and again. For those looking to improve their aid climbing game (possibly in preparation for Yosemite's El Cap) the Ophir Wall offers a few aid routes.
The East Buttress
This is generally the descent route for those topping out the Ophir Wall. However, the East Buttress hosts a few one to two pitch routes from 5.3-5.10.
Also located near the Ophir Wall. Cracked Canyon contains nearly 100 routes (so you can come back again, and again and again). Most routes here are trad or a mix of trad and bolts in the 5.7-5.10 range, however 5.3s and 5.13s are here as well (Note: Cracked Canyon is a lycra-free zone).
Located just behind town of Ames, is known for its wildly striated stone (it's a mix of granite, sandstone and shale). Note: This one to two-pitch area is spooky.
This crag is located just above the Telluride School and is easily accessible from Aspen Street. These sandstone routes are short (20-55 feet) and can be easily top roped.
The BilkCreek Wall can be found by driving west out of Telluride towards the San Miguel County Sherriff’s office. There are some great climbs on this wall for anyone from absolute beginners, to climbers looking to work on their 5.9 -5.10 routes. You can set up top rope here, something that is hard to find in Telluride. Located on a small dirt road alongside the creek, this is a great spot to spend the day.
Where To Stay During Your Climbing Trip
Looking for a comfortable place to rest your head during your Telluride climbing trip? Telluride.com has over 300 vacation rentals and hotel rooms to choose from. You can easily search availability and book online right here at Telluride.com. If the season is right and the budget is tight, check out our Telluride camping recommendations.