The safety and convenience of having an instructor and being removed from the harsh elements of the outdoors may be the perfect way to perfect your skills.
We’ve scoured the Front Range for you, and have selected our top picks for indoor climbing.
1912 S. Broadway
Denver, Colo. 80210
For both beginners and experts, Thrillseekers in Denver may be the perfect place to start your climbing exploration, with climbing walls of all angles, including 90-degree ceiling climbing.
Introductory lessons cost $50 (a sliding scale is implemented for groups of two or more) and include rental gear, an introduction to safety skills, and the rules and language of climbing. Lessons last approximately one hour, followed by two hours of practice. Daily admissions are $13. Member rates are also available. Children under 12 with an adult can climb free or pay $12 if alone. Gear rental price is $7 for shoes and harness.
Thrillseekers is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; and the first Sunday of November to the last Sunday of March, noon-8 p.m.
Rock’n & Jam’n 1, Inc.
9499 Washington St. Unit C
Thornton, Colo. 80229
Rock’n & Jam’n 2, Inc.
7390 S. Fraser St., Unit E
Centennial, Colo. 80112
Rock’n & Jam’n has two locations in Thornton and Centennial, and offers a large indoor climbing space. They also host fundraisers (such as The Summit for Someone which benefits at-risk youth), group events, summer camps and competitive meetings.
Lessons cost $35 per person, which include two-hour instruction, rental gear and practice climbing. Daily rates are $15 per person for prime hours (3:30-9 p.m.) and $12 for youth and off-hours. Monthly passes and punch cards are also available. Gear rental rates are $4 for a harness, $6 for shoes, $1 for belay hardware, or $10 for the gear package.
Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Total Climbing Boulder Rock Club 2829 Mapleton Ave.
Boulder, Colo. 80301
No one can deny that Boulder – with a name that brings to mind climbing craggy cliffs and scaling giant rocks – is one of the best places in the state to go for indoor climbing, as well.
Total Climbing Boulder Rock Club and Colorado Mountain School offer both indoor and outdoor instruction. Memberships include free yoga and fitness classes, massage sessions, skills clinics and buddy passes.
The gym features a newly remodeled 10,000-square-foot building. The club claims to provide a “total climbing experience, one that offers something for everyone…”
Rates are $15 for day passes, $12 for students, $8 for youth (6-12) and $5 for kids (up to 5, including gear). Rental gear rates are $6 for shoes, $4 for harness, $1 for belay device, or $10 for the gear package (50 percent off for youth and students with valid I.D.). Memberships and punch cards are also available.
Hours are Monday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
CityRock Colorado Springs
21 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, Colo. 80903
16240 Old Denver Road
Monument, Colo. 80132
Head south to Colorado Springs for a pleasant day-trip exploration of more of Colorado’s best climbing walls.
CityRock in Colorado Springs and Monument offers indoor and outdoor climbing and instruction. Guests also may rent a portable, 20-foot high climbing wall to bring the thrill of climbing to their next fun-filled event.
CityRock’s unique ClimbFit classes squeeze in the benefits of cardio training with instruction centered around climbing. Classes are different each week.
Rates are $14 for a day pass ($12 before 2 p.m. at Colorado Springs location only), or $30 for family climb (Monument location only). Rental prices are $5 for shoes or harness, or $7 for both. Memberships and student or senior discounts are also available.
Hours are Monday through Friday, 4-10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
1416 Platte St.
Denver, Colo. 80202
7970 Northfield Blvd.,
Denver, Colo. 80238
Free climbing is always a good alternative for those seeking fun on a budget. Denver outdoor megastores REI and Outdoor World both feature sizeable climbing walls to attract outdoor-enthusiastic shopping crowds.
Outdoor World’s climbing wall is free and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. REI’s 45-foot climbing wall is free to members ($20 lifelong membership includes other various store benefits) and their immediate families.
Derek Hedden is a journalism major at Metropolitan State College of Denver.