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Red Rock Rock Climbing - American Alpine Institute

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Courses offered every day, September 1st through mid-May
As the fall temperatures and wet weather start to overtake the more temperate rock climbing areas in the U.S., rock climbers begin their annual migration to the desert southwest in search of the sunny skies and warm rock found there for most of the winter months. Our season in Red Rock gets started towards the end of September and will continue through the spring, well into May in most years. The shortest days of the year (December) can be brisk in the deeper canyons but there are plenty of sunny options for climbing in the many cragging and lowland areas at Red Rock.

On the walls of these canyons and on the towers and summits which lie between them, you will find some of the longest and best non-granitic climbs in the country. The exceptionally hard, high quality sandstone of Red Rock offers long continuous crack lines and steep, exposed face climbing on fine desert varnish. The canyons and cliffs of Red Rock have retained a true wilderness feeling. There are very few established trails in the area and most of the approaches involve easy cross-country travel, often up isolated, narrow canyons lined with juniper and shaded by the many-hued rock walls which rise above.

In addition to hundreds of one-pitch sport climbs, Red Rock boasts an unusually large number of very long, high quality routes of moderate technical difficulty. Many fine climbs of grade III or IV in length lie in the 5.6 to 5.8 range. Some of the harder routes with a difficulty of 5.9 or 5.10 can only be described as desert classics. To take full advantage of the fine climbing these superb, long routes have to offer we recommend a maximum client to guide ratio of 2 to 1.

A climber on the Panty Wall in Red Rock. Jason Martin

How to Register for a Rock Course

Because we run so many rock courses and because we are so flexible about dates, we don't publish a course schedule. To register, simply call our office and discuss the dates that you want. If you want to climb with one or more other climbers, we will work to match you up with others who are at a similar level of experience.

Have questions? Contact our Program Coordinators at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 1-800-424-2249!

Courses and Programs Offered in Red Rock
Rock Camp - learn or review basic techniques and advanced systems
Learn to Lead - An Introduction to Traditional Rock Leadership
Warrior's Way Falling and Commitment Camp - with Arno Ilgner
First Ascents Program - Climb and name a new route in Red Rock Canyon
Aid Climbing and Big Wall Technique
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification Course
Corporate Programs - for groups of four to forty
Red Rock Rendezvous March 30th - April 1st 2012!
Sale on courses and climbs the week before and after Rendezvous. Call for details.

Climbing The Fox, a one-pitch 5.10d. Andy Bourne

Private Course Rates
Half-Day Courses & Climbs

$300 - Private
$190 - (per person) 2 people
$140 - (per person) 3 or more people
Available for Beginner and Intermediate level courses. Participants can meet their guide at the parking lot outside the entrance to the Red Rock Scenic Drive, or at any hotel within two miles of the Las Vegas Strip. Pick up time is 11am; return to the hotel by 6pm.

Full-Day Courses & Climbs

$325 - Private
$235 - (per person) 2 people
$190 - (per person) 3 or more people
Available for Beginner, Intermediate, and Master's level courses. Participants can meet their guide at the parking lot outside the entrance to the Red Rock Scenic Drive, or at any hotel within two miles of the Las Vegas Strip. Pick up time is 8am; return to the hotel by 6pm.

Multi-Day Courses & Climbs

$300 - (per day) Private
$210 - (per person, per day) 2 people
$170 - (per person, per day) 3 or more people
Available for Beginner, Intermediate, and Master's level courses. Participants can meet their guide at the parking lot outside the entrance to the Red Rock Scenic Drive, or at any hotel within two miles of the Las Vegas Strip. Pick up time is 8am; return to the hotel by 6pm.


Andy Bourne climbing in the Sandstone Quarry area, Red Rock, NV.
Matthew Anderson

Red Rock Classic Routes
Cat in the Hat: Grade III 5.6
Olive Oil: Grade III, 5.7
Frog Land: Grade III, 5.8
Crimson Chrysallis: Grade IV, 5.9
Epinephrine: Grade V, 5.9
Rainbow Buttress: Grade IV, 5.9
Refried Brains: Grade V, 5.9
Black Orpheus: Grade IV, 5.9+
Dream of Wild Turkeys: Grade III, 5.10
Triassic Sands: Grade III, 5.10
Eagle Dance: Grade V, 5.10, A1
Course Levels
For a complete description of beginner, intermediate and advanced course levels, see Rock Climbing Courses- Levels 1,2,3.

Camping, Lodging, Shuttle Service, and Directions
For a listing of places to camp, hotels (near Red Rock Canyon and also in Las Vegas), and directions to Red Rock Canyon, download our Red Rock Canyon Camping, Lodging, and Directions brochure (PDF).

Shuttle Service: We are able to provide transportation to and from Red Rock Canyon from McCarran International Airport, hotels on the strip, hotels Downtown, or hotels west of the Strip. This service costs $25/person if there are two or more climbers, and $40/person if there is only one climber.

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