Rock & Ice Climbing | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
Rock & Ice Climbing | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota
Rock & Ice Climbing

Add some adventure to your vacation

Rock climbing in the Black Hills is a perfect way for friends and families to add some adventure to their vacation. Get out, above the trees to enjoy a view from the top. The geological diversity of the Black Hills offers rock climbers of all abilities numerous unique cragging opportunities.

Modern Climbing in Black Hills dates back to 1937 when the famous Fritz Wiessner summited Devils Tower with at party of 3. Since then Devils Tower has been summited thousands of times and thousands of climbing routes have been established in Custer State Park, near Mount Rushmore, and in Spearfish Canyon.

Custer State Park Climbing
Known to climbers as the ‘Needles of South Dakota’, this area is a perfect place to enjoy your first day on the rock. There are also plenty of routes to test your mettle if you are an experienced climber. The beautiful granite spires thrust up out of the ground and provide exciting summits for climbers of all ages and abilities. The maze of rocks in this area has a long proud history of ascents by many of the world’s best climbers. Most recently the rocks of the area were featured in the movie ‘National Treasure II.’ You’ve got to come see it for yourself.

Rushmore Climbing Area
While attempting to climb on the faces of Mount Rushmore will get you arrested, you can enjoy the wild side of this National Monument, by getting off the beaten path and climbing the ‘other’ rocks located in the 1200+ acre park. The climbing there is known for its ease of access and a variety of great face climbing equipped with modern climbing protection. There is currently a guidebook available for the Mt. Rushmore climbing areas.

Devils Tower
The huge volcanic colonnade monolith, protruding up out of the NE Wyoming plains has long stirred the imaginations of climbers from all over the world. Climbers love the continuous cracks and symmetric dihedrals formed by the jointing of the columns that make up the rock mass. Guide yourself or with the right instruction it’s entirely possible that you could climb to the summit with a day or 2 of training and a day for a summit attempt. Wouldn’t that be a great vacation story and photo! There are several guidebooks currently available for Devils Tower.

Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guides offers services for new and experienced climbers.

No matter if you just want to discover what the excitement of rock climbing is all about, or if you have been climbing for years, the Black Hills has a great adventure waiting for you!