​The 5 Best National Parks for Rock Climbing

23rd Jan 2020

​The 5 Best National Parks for Rock Climbing

What makes for great climbing? High altitude and steep cliffs are definitely two components that drive climbers to them, which means most people go to the Rockies to climb.

1. Yosemite National Park

You just can’t beat the views at Yosemite! In addition it has some of the best climbing of all National Parks. One of the most popular climbs is a challenging climb titled El Capitan. The first time this climb was completed was in 1958 by a team led by Warren Harding. It now is frequently completed in a little over 4 hours. A few other popular climbs are the crack climbs of Merced river canyon and the Tuolumne domes.

2. Rocky Mountain National Park

Of course we had to put Rocky Mountain National Park on this list. Lumpy Ridge and Longs Peak draw climbers from all over the World! Climbing has been a popular activity in this park since the 1800’s.

3. Arches National Park

This one may surprise you since the climbs are so sandy, however there are some great climbs especially if you are an experienced climber with appropriate technical equipment. If you plan on staying the night, you will need a permit.

4. Grand Teton National Park

Nothing compares to the majestic views of the Tetons. Since it is easily-accessible and has high-quality rock, it is a great place to go if you are a novice climber. You can even rent equipment from Jenny Lake Ranger Station between June and September!

5. Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree may be last on our list, but that doesn’t mean it is the least popular at all! This is a go-to spot for climbers with more than 4,500 established rock climbing routes. This is great for an ameature climber.