Cody Rock Climbing: Incredible Variety, Unbeatable Access
Cody, Wyoming is arguably one of the best places to visit in the country if you’re looking for a wide variety of world class rock climbing experiences with easy access and difficulties ranging from beginner to expert. Located just an hour away from Yellowstone National Park, Cody has over one thousand sport and trad climbing routes on limestone, granite, sandstone, and volcanic conglomerates. We are permitted by the BLM and Forest Service to guide both educational rock climbing programs and custom rock climbing trips near Cody in several breathtaking venues including Shoshone Canyon, the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River, the North Fork of the Shoshone River, and many others. Whether you’re looking for a first time climbing experience on your way to Yellowstone or if you’re an experienced climber and you want to push yourself to the next level, we can tailor a rock climbing experience in Cody just for you.
Climbing in Cody at a glance:
All types – sport, trad, single pitch, multipitch, and bouldering
All levels – Beginner through advanced with lots of moderates for developing climbers
Pocketed limestone, techy granite, featured sandstone, cobbly conglomerate
Spring, summer and fall
Morning and afternoon
Hotels, BnBs, western lodges, and developed campsites
Hiking, biking, trail running, swimming, fishing, rodeo
Guided rock climbing programs available in Cody:
Our Intro to Rock Climbing Course in Cody is open to all regardless of previous climbing experience or ability. This course is a great option if you’re looking for a safe and supportive first-time climbing experience on fun, accessible terrain. You’ll learn how to stay safe using rope systems and how to move efficiently on the rock to make the most out of your day of climbing!
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Cody is home to several world class trad climbing venues, the most notable of which is the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River Valley. The Clarks Fork has a wide selection single and multipitch trad climbing on some of the best granite in the eastern US Rockies. With granite walls up to 2000′ high, splitter cracks, techy corner climbing, and dramatic scenery, it’s hard to think of a more attractive place to trad climb in the state of Wyoming than the “Clarky”.
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Climb with us on some of the longest sport climbs in the country! We guide custom multipitch sport climbing trips in the Mouth Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River, home to several spectacular long sport climbs up to 22 pitches in length. This trip is a great option for experienced climbers wanting to push themselves to new heights!
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Explore the otherworldly tower climbs between Cody and Yellowstone National Park! The North Fork of the Shoshone River is home to hundreds of 1-4 pitch climbs on free standing volvanic towers that are some of the most unique rock formations in the world. The climbing is moderate but adventurous in nature and unlike anything else you’ll ever climb!
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Our Youth Rock Climbing Camp in Cody is open to youth agest 10-18 who want to explore the incredible rock climbing near Cody, Wyoming. In addition to learning about rock climbing safety and technique, youth camp participants learn about the unique environment of the Cody area and how to help preserve its wild character through Leave No Trace best practices. We offer two sessions of this camp every summer.
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Our favorite places to climb in Cody:
- Shoshone Canyon – Shoshone Canyon is conveniently located only 5 minutes from the town of Cody and is home to hundreds of climbing routes on limestone, granite, and sandstone. Shoshone Canyon features the greatest variety of climbing styles of any climbing area in the region, with world class bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing, single and multipitch routes with difficulties ranging from beginner to expert. If you’re looking for a wealth of easily accessible climbing, Shoshone Canyon can’t be beat. Some of our favorite areas to climb in the canyon include the Bridge Bands, the Lower Canyon, Cedar Mountain, and the Sphinx.
- The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River – The Clarks Fork is home to hundreds of trad climbing routes ranging from single pitch splitters to multipitch climbs up to 2000′ in length on high quality granite. This massive trove of trad climbing is off the beaten path but all the more rewarding given its remote and wild character – and we intend on keeping it that way. Without a doubt, the Clarks Fork is one of our favorite places to trad climb in Wyoming and we love sharing it with our guests in a safe and sustainable manner.
- The Mouth of the Clarks Fork – The Mouth of the Clarks Fork features some of the longest bolted sport climbs in the country. Reminiscent of bolted multipitch limestone climbing in the Alps, the limestone climbing at the Mouth tends to be slabby and moderate in difficulty but adventurous in character with a desert alpine feel. With several multipitch routes up to 22 pitches in length, the Mouth is an incredible venue for climbers who want to hone their efficiency and move quickly on big terrain. Some of our favorite routes to guide in the Mouth include Valley Boys, Colter’s Rib, M11, and Forever.
- The North Fork of the Shoshone River – The North Fork of the Shoshone River near Wapiti, Wyoming is one of the most unique volcanic landscapes in the world with hundreds of free-standing breccia towers that look like they could be in a Dr. Seuss book. Despite their crumbly appearance, many of these towers have very good rock and feature incredibly fun bolted climbs up to 4 pitches in length. If you like adventurous climbing on one-of-a-kind features in a wild and scenic landscape, the North Fork towers are not to be missed! Some of our favorite routes we guide in the North Fork include the Titan, Cinnabear, and Space Bear.
Resources for planning your trip to Cody:
- Guidebooks: Mountain Project, Mike Snyder’s Rakkup Guide, and the North Fork Tower Guide
- Nearby accommodations: Cody Yellowstone Lodging Guide
- Food and drink: Cody Yellowstone Restaurant and Bar Guide
- Rest day attractions: Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill State Park, Cody Nite Rodeo, Yellowstone National Park
Interested in climbing with us in Cody? Send us an email with your name, email address, and brief description of what you’re looking for.