It’s a sunny day in Boulder, one of 300 a year on average.  You’ll find the City of Boulder nestled exactly where Boulder Creek exits Boulder Canyon.  Go south and you’ll find yourself in Denver, the State Capitol.  Go west and you’ll be heading-up into the Rocky Mountains.

Imagine yourself breathing in the fresh mountain air as you look down upon the scenic Boulder Canyon, the faint rush of the creek in your ears and the scent of vanilla ponderosa pines heavy around you.

How did you get here?

You rock climbed of course. Boulder is a mecca for modern day rock climbers. Located at the foot of the renowned Flatirons, Boulder provides access to wide swaths of wilderness and alpine environment. With over 400 routes (Route Map) in the nearby Boulder Canyon alone, there’s a variety of climbing for both new and advanced climbers.

Not only that, but there are all types of different routes as well, including traditional climbing, top-rope climbing, lead rope climbing, sport climbing, and (of course) bouldering. For those of you looking to pursue an active lifestyle who have just started to climb, Boulder is the place to be. Not only is it easy to gear up, but there’s a thriving community of advanced climbers and climbing organizations that host classes, training camps, and a friendly environment in which to become more skilled.

Make a quick stop by one of the many active-wear clothing and equipment stores such as REI, Patagonia, prAna, North Face, etc. and check out the local climbing gyms! World-class athletes such as Chris Sharma, Alex Honnold, and Dean Potter have trained in the gyms in Boulder, and there are a few to choose from.

The most notable rock climbing gyms include: Movement Climbing + Fitness, The Spot Bouldering Gym, Boulder Rock Club, The CU Rec Center, and Eldorado Climbing Walls.

If you’re looking to get the full Rocky Mountain experience, climbing in Boulder Colorado is a must-try. There’s nothing quite like the rewarding feeling of standing on top of a cliff with the wilderness below, sun setting in the background, and a light breeze cooling you. It is then you feel on top of the world  — and, in-fact, you are!