Climbing near Gunnison Colorado - Half Day


Gunnison, Colorado

Group Size

4 people per guide


4 hours


Easy, Intermediate, Hard

Gunnison, or 'Gunny' to the locals, is the major mountain town west of Salida between the resort area of Crested Butte and the quiet town of Lake City where we do some amazing ice climbing in the winter. It's also the gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.  One of the local areas, Hartmann Rocks has a wide variety of granite domes all over the high desert sagebrush. Because of the altitude this makes a great summer and fall location and particularly for beginner climbers or those who want to learn to sport lead. Because of the geology the climbing features many quartz crystals and chickenheads that make for enjoyable climbing. With all the climbing around it may be hard to notice but this is also a great destination for mountain biking and nearby rafting as well. Farther out of town is The Gate a notch carved in the rock by the Lake Fork of the Gunnison. With a variety of cracks that extend from the ground to the summit there is some multi-pitch climbing or just some space for anyone who wants to learn to crack climb. Further south in Lake City there are a number of granite domes on the Alpine Loop and if you get tired of rock climbing check out our spring and winter outings on the beginner 14er ascents we offer there.