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Climbing Gym Information

The CU Outdoor Program is excited to offer a wide variety of bouldering and route climbing terrain for all skill levels in its 7,000+ square ft. climbing gym. The Climbing Gym boasts various top-rope and lead climbs as well as diverse terrain for bouldering. The teaching area has shock rock (real looking and featured rock texture) and will enable the offering of lead, anchor building, and multi-pitch clinics to take place in the climbing gym.

General Requirements

  • Rec Membership is required (day passes accepted).
  • A day or semester Climbing Gym pass is required.
  • Climbers must be 12 years of age or older to climb. All participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Climbing Gym Orientation must be completed every academic year.
  • Rental climbing shoes are available.
  • Loose chalk is not permitted. 

Roped Climbing Requirements

  • Outdoor Program staff are not available to belay.
  • A skills verification request is required prior to being allowed to belay (min. age of 16). A belay class is recommended prior to taking the skills test.
  • A belay tag must be worn at all times indicating if you are a lead or top-rope belayer.
  • Harnesses and belay devices are available to check-out at no extra charge.


Climbing Gym Passes

Semester Passes: 
Spring Semester Pass: $25
Spring Shoe Rental Pass: $20

Semester Pass Schedule chedule:
Spring 2019: January 1 - May 31
Summer 2019: June 1 - August 18
Fall 2019: August 25 - December 31

Semester Pass Requirements:​
Must be a Rec Center member.
Must be at least 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult if under 16.
Must be at least 16 years of age to become belay certified.

Purchase Semester Pass


Day Passes:
Single Day Pass: $7

Day Pass Requirements:
​Must be a Rec Center member or eligible to purchase a day pass to the Rec Center.
Must be at least 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult if under 16.

Purchase Day Pass

* Refunds are not permissible and passes are non-transferrable. Please review pass limitations and requirements prior to purchase. 


Climbing Gym Rentals

The Climbing Gym can be rented out to CU Boulder student groups and Rec Center members for special events during the following hours:

  • Saturdays, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Sundays, 10 am - 12 pm

Group Rental Pricing & Climbing Options (PDF Download)

Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation to use the Climbing Gym. Please contact recrequest@colorado.edu to make a reservation.