Rock Climbing in Winter Park

Winter Park Adventure Quest

Welcome the area’s newest thrill-seeking attraction, Winter Park Adventure Quest. Families can now explore the adventures of rock climbing in Winter Park within a safe environment. The best part? There are various courses, indoor and outdoor, for families of all ages. This one-stop local business makes it easy to organize your next adventure in Colorado. Check out their packages below. 

More thrilling than a zip line, more exhilarating than an alpine slide—Winter Park Adventure Quest’s two-story aerial adventure park/ropes course is a blast for weekend warriors, ninja warrior kids, or kids at heart.

Climbers hook into a state-of-the-art belay system that allows you to freely explore and play on 24 separate obstacles all set against a stunning mountain backdrop. Our course is for everyone—from a friendly lower level to a jaw-dropping second story, you choose your level of challenge.


  • 90 minutes of course time
  • 24 separate obstacles 
  • Beginner to advanced Climbers, all ages

Winter Park Adventure Quest is the only permitted rock climbing guide service in the Winter Park area, offering half-day guided rock climbing trips just minutes away in the Arapaho National Forest. Why climb? It’s a beautiful way to experience Colorado outdoors. You’ll challenge yourself, gain new skills, resilience— and muscle.


  • 3-hours adventure
  • All Equipment Provided
  • Beginner to intermediate level outdoor climbs

Enjoy the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains. The hike to Columbine Lake will take you through dense spruce-fir forests into sub-alpine stands and finally the stunning views of the lake and Indian Peaks. Our experienced Guides’ priority is having a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you more to where you are visiting. We hike in small groups that are recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters.


  • Three- to five-hour hikes
  • Alpine picnic lunch provided
  • Must have sturdy footwear

*We recommend dressing in layers to adapt to constant weather changes.

You’re lost in the Colorado Rockies. What could you do with an old soda can, your t-shirt and a piece of parachute cord? How about starting a fire, purifying water, and belaying yourself safely across a ravine… and that’s just for starters. This course gives participants hands-on education in basic wilderness survival and gives groups the opportunity to create a strategy and bond with their team.  


  • Three-hour adventure
  • Education on navigation, shelter building, fire starting, edible plants and more
  • Ideal for small corporate groups, families, and getaways / bridal parties 
Hours of Operation: 10AM-4PM Daily


Whether sport climbing, bouldering or traditional climbs, the Colorado wilderness near Winter Park has countless climb routes and outdoor adventures to enjoy the scenery while, also, testing strength and stamina. In particular, Arapaho National Forest, the Rocky Mountain National Park, or the Indian Peak Wilderness surrounds Winter Park, Colorado making it the ideal destination for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Here are three areas that offer gorgeous landscapes and ample opportunities for rock climbing in Winter Park, with several popular climbs practically in Winter Park’s backyard.

Try your hand at outdoor rock climbing in Winter Park at any of these locations!

Hurd Creek Crag

Hurd Creek Crag

Hurd Creek Crag is a popular climb with locals, featuring four sections and 30 single pitch routes.

You can expect healthy sport climbs out here at the crag, on routes ranging from difficulties from 5.6-5.12. The routes range from 30-60 feet in length and are developed with bolt spacing and anchors. In fact, a rock climbing aficionado in Fraser County maintains these climbs with anchors and bolts. Any rock climbers in the area can buy Jim Shaw’s Fraser Valley Climbs to uncover all the available climbs and help fund the maintenance of the county’s rocky playground!

Fraser County tends to get less precipitation than surrounding areas, so you can expect climbs to be sunny and warm through most of the year. An expert tip: The mosquito and bug presence is also high in the area, so bring appropriate protection no matter the time of year or day to get the most enjoyment out of your excursion.


  • 5.6 to 5.12 climb routes
  • 30 to 60 ft heights 
  • Well maintained anchors & bolts

Berthoud Pass Summit

Berthoud Pass Climbing

The entrance to Berthoud Pass is a scenic landscape that draws many hikers, bikers and travelers to admire its beauty.

It also periodically draws some climbers to the crag on the west side on top of the pass. So far only one crag has really emerged as a climbing location for traditional climbers. Nicknamed Short N’ Stupid by climbers — it’s rated as a 5.5.

The climb presents a unique challenge for climbers as it is undeveloped and has no anchor, so you will need to devise your own. It can be set up for a top rope.
This scenic climb is hit by the morning sun, so if you’d like to hide from the harsh sun, plan to climb in the afternoon.


  • Scenic landscape
  • 5.5 climb route
  • Afternoon climbs are best

Upper Hurd Basin

Upper Hurd Rock Climbing

Upper Hurd Basin is a great Fraser Valley spot for beginners, kids or groups who want to get in a few climbs.

The crag is located in the Arapaho National Forest and features eight climbing routes in total. Six routes are for sport climbing, one for traditional climbing and two for top-roping options.

The difficulty ranges from 5.5 to 5.9 at the crag, and plan to enjoy the morning shade here. Most of the rock makes for an easy climb, but several patches are dirty and moss-covered. The mosquitos also hit this portion of the National Forest hard, so bring plenty of mosquito repellent!


  • Six sports climbing
  • One tradition climbing
  • Two top-rope climbing
  • 5.5 to 5.9 climb routes

Meadow Creek Crag

Climbing Near Winter Park CO

The spot for climbing is fairly quiet and sunny, and even has a smaller outcropping called Ricochet Rocks that is a good spot for bouldering.

Meadow Creek Crag is another great climb for beginners, featuring several traditional climbs on good quality rock. Each climb is approximately 40 feet and fairly easy and each route can be top-roped and walked off. It’s a great rock climbing spot near Winter Park, CO for the entire family as it’s designed for beginners with good holds. Similarly, it offers a wide range of boulder spots. 


  • Ideal for Bouldering
  • 5.5 – 5.7 climb routes
  • Various lines share three good top anchors

Winter Park is an ideal place for adventure and fun, learn more here.