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Rock Climbing in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Join Jayson, an IMFGA-certified guide, for a day or more of remarkable rock climbing at Black Canyon of the Gunnison in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.

Mountain RangeRockies
Duration1+ day
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • See one of the most geologically remarkable climbs in the United States.

  • Complete a high-profile ascent with a safe and certified guide.

  • Enjoy the incomparable American West and its unique beauty.

  • Progress as a climber and develop your technical climbing skills.

  • Cross “climbing out of the black” off of your bucket list.


Climb your way out of the black and experience the thrill of rock climbing in the infamous Black Canyon of the Gunnison! With exciting routes and unmatched vistas, this classic Colorado climb will give you a guided program you will never forget and leave you wanting more!

The Black Canyon is a bucket list experience for climbers all over the world. Set in the illustrious Rocky Mountains of Colorado, its remote location and evocative landscape is truly unique. Carved over centuries by the Gunnison River and the preceding geology, this canyon goes so deep that some areas within the gorge receive less than an hour of sunlight in a day. You will literally be climbing out of the black.

Its location, while remote, is easily accessible from many of the regional hubs for outdoor sports and activities, including Denver. The approach is enjoyable, thus allowing you to feel the immense power of the terrain and landscape. If you are looking for a true wilderness climb, look no further than this astounding geological masterpiece.

Your program will give you practical climbing experience with challenging obstacles so you can improve your skills. It is a great way to advance as a climber and to become an expert in the sport. The excitement is compounded by your surroundings, therefore, once you complete the program, you will feel capable of anything.

There are ample routes in the Black Canyon, with big wall climbs starting at a climbing grade of 5.9. The thrilling climbs have the unusual feature of ascending from the depths of the canyon into the light, something you will not find in many other places. It is as intimidating and immense as it is stunning.

Watching fellow climbers take on this daunting region is inspiring. I will ensure a safe and satisfying experience that you will talk about long after you make it out of the black. Our goal is to always have an absolute blast without compromising our safety and security. Together we will cross this extraordinary climb off your bucket list.

You should have some rock climbing experience for this program, so a high level of fitness is necessary. You should have the mental fortitude to withstand the challenges that a steep climb like this can possess.

Book this one of a kind rock climbing program NOW and discover the outstanding feeling of climbing out of the black in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison!

If ice climbing is more your speed, we can take a winter trip to Ouray Ice Park near Silverton for guided ice climbing! Or we can take our talents to the Strip and go rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon!

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If you are interested in a multi-day rock climbing adventure, let me know and I would be happy to create the perfect program just for you.

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About the guide

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I am the owner of Lotus Alpine Adventures and have a long career in the guiding industry. I started out working in Outdoor Education in Colorado, where I also received a degree in Outdoor Education from Ithaca College.

From 2007 to 2014, I owned and operated Crested Butte Mountain Guides. Throughout those years, I also worked through the AMGA training curriculum and eventually became the 95th American to obtain IFMGA certification, the most rigorous international certification available in the industry.

Throughout my career, I have worked for and built partnerships with many of the main mountain guiding agencies in the US and it is thanks to these partnerships that Lotus Alpine Adventures can now offer programs in very varied spots across the US, including: Crested Butte, Boulder and Eldorado Canyon in Colorado; Moab and Castle Valley in Utah; Red Rocks in Nevada; Valdez in Alaska; Jackson Hole in Wyoming; and the Cascades of Washington.

All of my experience and expertise ultimately results in a truly professional guiding service and a great trip experience for you and your group, regardless of your level or activity.

The world´s mountain ranges are not only our playground but also our office and our classroom. Let us guide you and share with you some truly unforgettable moments!

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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

USD 439 each

Group of 2

USD 284 each

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