Steamboat Springs is a premier location for access to world-class mountaineering and rock climbing year round.
- The Domes are not accessible until mid to late July.
- Many trails require a hike to the actual site. Plan footwear accordingly.
- Certain areas may require payment of day use fees or permits.
Although rock climbing and mountaineering routes are available year round, such routes are amplified in the summer due to easier access and enjoyable, mild weather to perfect the craft of climbing.
Where To Go
Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas offer many options for climbers and mountaineers alike.
Blob Rock is a very popular route very close in location to the town of Steamboat Springs. Located near the Fish Creek Falls Trail, climbers hike to the Uranium Mine Two Track approximately ¾ of a mile to Blob Rock. Facing southeast, the rock offers great top roping and prime views of the Yampa Valley.
A less popular ascent can be found in The Domes. The Domes offers a vast array of climbing options for enthusiasts that range from one pitch to five. To find the area, head east on Highway 40 and turn right on Forest Road 100. Drive approximately 10 miles and begin to hike the approximate 1.5-mile trail marked with a rock cairn.
Rentals & Fees
There are many climbing and mountaineering retail stores within the area of Steamboat Springs. Many of these retail options offer climbing equipment rentals or inexpensive options for casual recreation.
Hire a Guide
Due to the sometimes-extreme nature of mountaineering and rock climbing, hiring a guide is strongly recommended. Not only will a guide be able to ensure the safety of each ascent, by hiring a guide travelers will gain access to lesser-known areas frequented by locals. These off the beaten path options are sure to create lasting impressions of the area.