Whether you’re a never-ever or an expert, the rock climbing scene near Snowmass is pitch-perfect. A variety of local areas allow you to test your mettle against Rocky Mountain granite, and you can explore the options independently or with certified local guides who know the best routes by heart. In the Roaring Fork Valley, favorite local destinations include sections along Independence Pass and the newly reopened Gold Butte climbing area above Aspen. Rifle Mountain Park, a renowned sport climbing area for advanced climbers, is a little over an hour away.
For those looking to learn the ropes (so to speak), local guide services are available for instruction and guided trips.