Approx. 6 Hours | No Experience Required | Suggested 12 or Older
A guided climbing trip on the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado is an adventure for all levels of climbers. The Flatirons offer a variety of routes from beginner to expert, and the experienced guides will help match you with the perfect climb for your skill level. The guides will provide all necessary equipment and instruction, and will be with you every step of the way to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
On this trip, you will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of climbing while taking in the breathtaking views of Boulder and the surrounding area. The Flatirons are a unique rock formation that offers a variety of climbing styles such as crack climbing, face climbing, and slab climbing. The guides will also provide information about the history and geology of the area to enhance your experience. This trip is perfect for those looking to challenge themselves, push their limits and take in the natural beauty of Colorado.
The Boulder Flatirons have been a climbing hotspot for generations. Come experience the reason why all climbers want to visit these iconic rock formations.
First Flatiron Climbing Routes:
Direct Route – One of the most popular routes on the Boulder Flatirons is the Direct Route. Rated at 5.6, many climbers underestimate the challenge of leading this route due to its long run outs and tricky route finding. Climbing with a Denver Climbing Guide is your best option. The climb is a mix of steep slabs, flakes, and nicely pocketed sandstone. The traverse at the First Flatirons peak is exciting and provides the best picture opportunities around Boulder.
Fandango – This climbing route is a great option for beginner climbers on the First Flatiron. The climb traverses across the main face at a difficulty rating of 5.5. This is a great way to see the scenic Colorado views and tour a Flatiron in an easier way than the Direct Route. But note this climbing route is no less exciting!
Second Flatiron Routes
Freeway – This rock climbing route on the second Flatiron is a great choice for first time climbers. The sandstone rock has many features to grip and step on. The views are nonetheless amazing. After reaching the summit, we’ll hike back down to our cars far below.
Third Flatiron Climbing Routes
East Face Standard – The Third Flatiron outside of Boulder, Colorado is closed February through August for bird nesting. But as soon as that cooler weather starts to roll in, you won’t find a more classic climb than this one. With about 800 feet of climbing, this route has been guided since the early 1900’s with many of the same belay stations still in use although the rings have since been replaced. When reaching the top of this impressive spire, multiple airy rappels will provide an exciting end to a great Colorado Rock Climb.
The History of the Flatirons:
The Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado are a unique and iconic landmark, known for their dramatic and towering sandstone formations. The Flatirons were formed over millions of years through a combination of sediment deposition and erosion. The sandstone was uplifted and exposed to the elements, leading to the formation of the distinctive flat, triangular formations that give the area its name. The Flatirons have played a significant role in the history of Boulder, with the indigenous Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes using the area for spiritual and cultural purposes. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Flatirons became a popular destination for hikers, climbers, and picnic goers, and today they remain a beloved and iconic symbol of Boulder’s natural beauty. Learn even more about climbing the Flatirons here.
“My husband and I did a six hour private guided day at the boulder flatirons. Absolutely amazing, Dan made us feel very safe and it was our first experience with multi pitch. I would highly recommend him if you’re coming to the area or if you are a local. He is great for beginners or the experienced climber. He knows the area well. Will definitely return!”
“This is a serious and professional company. I have rock climb twice with Dan and it couldn’t have been better. It exceeded my expectations and then some. I did the beginner climbing course and then the Flatirons. That was tough! But with Dan you feel safe and encouraged. I recommend this company with my eyes closed. Thanks Dan”
Tomer1979 (verified owner) –
My Girlfriend and I did the Third Flatiron climb and rappelling Down with Mark Jamson our guide.
Mark was very safety-oriented and communicated with us prior to the climb and made sure we have the right things for the day.
He got us Rock Climbing Shoes and gear and we were out to the path to the rock.
This was an AMAZING Experience and Adventure and I recommend it to people who love adventures and the outdoors.
We didn’t really know what to expect since it was our first climb, and we both loved it.
I Highly recommend them.
They get the 5 Golden Horns Award
Lisa (verified owner) –
My kids (20, 20, and 18) and I did 2 days of rock climbing, Intro to Outdoor Climbing and Climb the Flatirons. Both days were PHENOMENAL! In the half-day intro class, Dan and Justin covered all the basics to people with a wide range of skill sets and had everyone, even some young children, climbing. The Flatirons were tough! And with Dan and Justin’s expertise and amazing teaching/coaching all four of us made it to the top and repelled off the back! They carefully explain, demonstrate, repeat instructions. An experience we’ll never forget! I HIGHLY recommend Denver Climbing Company – worth every penny!
Karie (verified owner) –
My husband and I did a six hour private guided day at the boulder flatirons. Absolutely amazing, Dan made us feel very safe and it was our first experience with multi pitch. I would highly recommend him if you’re coming to the area or if you are a local. He is great for beginners or the experienced climber. He knows the area well. Will definitely return!
Joshua (verified owner) –
My dad and I took a trip to Denver for a week or two to stay with some family friends and explore the beautiful state. He knew how much I’d gotten into climbing the last couple of years, so he signed us up for a day climbing the Third Flatiron with just us and Dan. This was essentially my dad’s first experience climbing, and he wasn’t quite sure what to expect, or if he’d be able to find success; meanwhile, I had led some easy pitches on trad before, and was hoping to learn a lot from Dan so I could continue my journey with confidence. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide than Dan, as he helped my dad to have fun and be mentally comfortable. Aside from answering my many questions, he let me lead one of the pitches with his gear and gave me critical feedback (and was very patient as I spent a LONG time building my anchor). Now I’m leading steeper pitches on my own gear, and my phenomenal experience with Dan was certainly the biggest turning point for me, confidence-wise. His demeanor throughout the whole experience was such that it felt like we were all friends by the end, though I’ve never had a poor experience with any outdoor adventure guide. Highly recommend for anyone visiting the Denver area who’s looking for this sort of experience!
Dakinemon (verified owner) –
I did the “climb a flatiron” in Boulder in fall of 2019. Dan was a great guide and made me feel comfortable the entire climb. Highly recommend!