Rock Climbing in Durango, CO with an AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Rock Climbing in Durango, CO

Come rock climbing with Kling Mountain Guides, Durango’s locally owned mountain guide service. We have climbs of every difficulty from low entry level  single pitch to multi pitch classics.  All KMG Guides and Instructors are American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Single Pitch Instructors or have higher levels of training.  We are the SOLE DURANGO BASED GUIDE SERVICE that only hires AMGA trained and certified guides and instructors.  This means you can rest assured that the guide has gone through extensive training with the best organization in the industry.  All KMG guides have medical training which includes wilderness medical training and CPR.

Rock Climbing – X Rock

Beginner to Intermediate Rock Climbing

This is a great deal for the individual or group just looking for some fun on the rock.  It is perfect for the “never have I ever” climber as well as those that have climbed outside before.  Ascend the sandstone cliffs overlooking beautiful Durango. This trip is perfect for the Durango explorer just visiting town! Our half day trips are a full 4-hours. Do you want to push yourself for more than just four hours? Try a full day trip with 8-hours of climbing and instruction!

Rock climbing – East Animas

Intermediate to Advanced Level Rock Climbing

East Animas is the local Durango climber hang out.  From introductory single pitch climbs to more advanced multi pitch classics, East Animas has a rock climb for everybody.  Both the lengths of climbs as well as difficulty vary more than X Rock.  East “A” as the locals call it has a longer approach hike than X Rock, but the views and climbs are worth it!

Price Includes

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide or AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor Guide  (depending on program)
  • Group climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses, all other technical climbing equipment, climbing shoes, first aid kits)

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to Silverton, Colorado from your location.  All private trips are required to provide their own transportation.
  • 5% federal land use surcharge
  • Items of personal nature
  • Individual travel costs, delays, etc.
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal clothing or gear
  • Personal snacks
  • Hotels before and after trip
  • Recommended Travel/trip cancelation insurance.
  • Guide/ Staff gratuity

Climbing Equipment:

We are able to supply all the required equipment for Durango rock climbing trips.  However, you are welcome to bring your own.

  • Harness: This should be a UIAA rated comfortable all day climbing harness with four gear loops. The Camp Laser is our current favorite
  • Climbing Shoes: These should be comfortable all day sticky rubber climbing shoes. While extremely tight sport climbing shoes will work, we recommend the La Sportiva TC Pro.
  • Climbing helmet: This must be a UIAA/CE rated climbing helmet. The Camp Speed is our current favorite.
  • Nylon runner: This needs to be a 48 inch nylon runner.
  • Belay Device: Tube style belay device. We like the Black Diamond ATC Guide.
  • Locking Carabiners: (2)
  • Non-locking carabiner: (2)
  • Small backpack: This should be large enough to carry some food, water, a camera, your extra layer and your approach shoes. If you do not have one, don’t worry. We have packs that you can use. The Black Diamond Hollowpoint works great.
    Approach shoes: These should be comfortable approach shoes. These will be what you wear hiking in to the climb. The La Sportiva Boulder are a great shoe.
  • Comfortable clothing
  • 2 liters of water
  • some snacks


  • Climbers should be in great physical condition.
  • There are dozens of climbs with different difficulties in the Black. Please get in touch with us to talk about what climb is right for you. If need be, we would like to climb with you prior to climbing in the Black to help ensure that you are up to the challenge
  • If you do not possess these skills or need review, we recommend doing a skills course with us in Colorado or Utah prior to your alpine trip to Silverton, CO.


  • Half day climbs are from 8:00 am to 12:0 and an 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Full days climbs begin at 8:00 am and go until 5:00 PM
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your trip to ensure a timely departure.

Registration & Cancelation

  • Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand we have a very strict registration and cancelation policy. We can not transfer you to an other program. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING TRAVEL INSURANCE! We recommend the TravelEx Insurance Travel Select plan with the Adventurer Plus Pak upgrade.
  • To reserve your spot on a domestic climbing or skiing program please fill out the enclosed application and return it to us along witha 50% deposit if applying more than 60 days out. If your trip/ course starts in less than 60 days please submit full payment.
  • Program fees are non-transferable.
    If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the trip start date, you will be refunded your fulldeposit except for a $50 processing fee.
  • If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 59 – 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to the deposit amount will be charged. If notice of cancellation is given in writing less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the program fee will be charged.

Trips Offered

Daily March- Nov. Advanced registration required.

1/2 day to as long as you want

Durango, CO

X Rock Half Day

  • $149 / person 1:1
  • $75 / person 2:1
  • $69 / person 3:1+

X Rock Full Day

  • $295 / person 1:1
  • $149 / person 2:1
  • $99 / person 3:1+

East Animas Half Day

  • $199 / person 1:1
  • $119 / person 2:1
  • $99 / person 3:1+

East Animas Full Day

  • $349 / person 1:1
  • $229 / person 2:1
  • $179 / person 3:1+

Client to Guide Ratio
1:1 up to 6:1

Beginner to expert

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