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Climbing & Via Ferrata

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).  If you want a taste of climbing but not ready for a full blown entry into the sport, try climbing the Via Ferrata instead. Meaning "Iron Road" in Italian, this route has become popular in Telluride and requires minimal equipment: helmet, harness, ropes and carabiners. 

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:

Via Ferrata Guided Tours

 Ophir Wall

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.

Cracked Canyon

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).

Ames Wall

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.

Telluride Cliffs

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.

Bilk Creek

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.

 


Mountain Trip

Local and international mountain guides.

Local and international mountain guides, leading trips in Telluride, including Via Ferrata, rock climbing, trekking and backpacking in the summer, ice climbing and backcountry skiing in the winter, and international mountaineering, including Denali, Everest and the other "Seven Summits," year round.

(970) 369-1153
135 W. Colorado Ave
Unit 2A
Telluride,  --
United States

San Juan Outdoor School

Summer and Winter Guiding Since 1981

Telluride's Premier Source for Mountain Adventures Based out of Telluride since 1981

(970) 728-4101
223 East Colorado Ave.
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Telluride Climbing

Rock Climbing in Telluride

The Telluride region has excellent year-round rock climbing. From high-altitude conglomerate and granite routes to sun-baked sandstone, Telluride has it all.

Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States
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