[SolStock/Creative Images via Getty Images] When it comes to rock climbing near Denver, there are plenty of opportunities to reach new heights, both outdoor and indoor. Whether you are looking to add to your winter fitness routine, join a local climbing community, or work on some of those gnarly moves you aren’t quite yet ready to test outside, find your hold at these indoor rock climbing gyms in and around Denver.
Denver Bouldering Company
Offering both beginner and experts a state-of-the-art climbing experience and facility, the Denver Bouldering Company originally began as a co-op to help build and encourage the climbing community in Denver. It has now grown into two locations, one in Englewood and the other in downtown Denver. Hailed as one of the most inclusive gyms around with their proud statement of “all are welcome” this is a climbing community that invites everyone to join. Beyond a welcoming community of climbers, they also have one of the highest turnover rates for routes in the area, resetting their routes once a week.
From beginners to pro athletes, Mountain Strong believes in “breaking you down, to build you up stronger.” A blend of both a workout gym and a climbing gym, Mountain Strong, located in RiNo, offers plenty for the athlete who is looking to gain peak physical performance. The space provides a bouldering wall plus a myriad of cross-fit-like equipment set up with rowers, plus Olympic and powerlifting weights. They also offer climbing and ski training camps that are designed to take your sports to the next level with professional athletic trainers on staff.
Moving in and taking over the Sports Authority headquarters in Englewood, Earth Treks is Denver area’s newest and largest indoor climbing gym. Offering over 53,000 square feet of climbing space packed with bouldering and roped terrain, yoga, and group fitness classes, plus private training areas for those looking to learn a bit more about the sport, this gym seems to have it all. And while you might see plenty of people at the gym, its large space ensures you almost always will have a spot on the wall. They also offer another facility in Golden.
Movement Climbing & Fitness
With three different locations in Boulder, Baker, and RiNo, Movement Climbing and Fitness is one of the largest and most popular climbing gyms to choose from. Their climbing facilities offer world-class routes, a youth climbing program, and various competitions including the IFSC World Cup and USA Climbing Sport & Speed National Championships. While their gyms are climbing focused, they do also offer fitness and yoga classes, including cycling, plus a fitness training area with various cardio equipment. To keep you on your toes, the routes are changed out every six to eight weeks by highly certified and experienced setters. With personal training, special programs, and childcare, Movement provides the best of both in the fitness and climbing world.
Note: RiNo location is a strictly bouldering facility.
Rock’n & Jam’n
A long-time favorite among Denverites, Rock’n & Jam’n is one of the original indoor rock climbing gyms in the Denver metro area. Opening its doors in 1997 their Thornton location was the original and expanding to open a second location in Centennial in 2004. Their gym features some of the steepest and tallest overhanging climbing terrain with bouldering, top rope, lead climb, and auto belays all available. In addition to their massive climbing walls, they also provide climbing-specific training equipment and cardio machines as well. And for those who are looking to go beyond their normal gym routine, they also offer a non-competitive climbing league.
Ubergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag
“Ubergrippen: The intense feeling of relief when finding a jug or good handhold after a difficult crux” and also a super cool climbing gym located in northeast Denver. Bringing the climbing community together, of all ages, Ubergrippen offers climbing, bouldering, yoga and fitness programs, plus a community patio and garden with a slackline and other games. The Climbing Hall has over an over 40-foot tall roped climbing area with new world-class routes set every six weeks. The Alcove is their family-friendly climbing zone for those just getting started, plus with their 16-foot tall bouldering wall, this gym seems to have it all.
Note: They have recently announced their second location to open in Castle Rock to better serve the southwest part of Denver.
The Spot, as the OG in Colorado as the state’s first bouldering facility, keeps its cool with its friendly atmosphere and its epic freestanding boulders. Their first location opened 2002 in Boulder and recently opened a second location in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. Their Boulder facility offers 10,000 square feet of freestanding boulders all modeled after some of the most famous boulders in the world including Fontainebleau and Yosemite. Plus, after hitting it hard at the gym you can enjoy a cold one from their selection of Avery beers.
Boulder Rock Club
Voted the best indoor climbing gym in Boulder for 15 years running, the Boulder Rock Club is one of the first to hit the scene in the Denver/Boulder area. They provide a combination of 200 high-quality routes and boulder problems. And with their three-times-a-week route updates and no route over two months old, you will always have something new and challenging waiting for you. Their newly remodeled facility offers 10,000 square feet of weight lifting and cardio equipment, personal training areas, plus yoga and group fitness classes.
EVO Rock & Fitness
With several gyms across the United States, Evo Rock & Fitness in Louisville, CO is their largest gym with 25,000 square feet of top rope climbs, bouldering, and lead climbing. In addition to their epic climbing walls, they also offer a relaxing yoga space, weight, and cardio equipment. A focus for the gym is to transition climbers to the “real thing” with their Gym-to-Crag program. As their popularity grows, they now have plans to open two new facilities, Evo Kids in Louisville – strictly for youth, and Evo Bouldering in Golden – strictly for bouldering.
With plenty of options to get your hold on, there really are no more excuses to hit the gym!