It’s not surprising that Wyoming, a state known for otherworldly rock formations like Devils Tower and Vedauwoo, draws rock climbers from near and far. Take advantage of the geological wonders at the Wyoming climbing sites listed below, just a few of many located throughout this rock-strewn state.

1. Vedauwoo Recreation Area

Nearest city: Laramie or Cheyenne

Most common route types: Trad, Bouldering

Average difficulty of routes: Class 5.6 to 5.13

Known to the Arapaho Indians as “Land of the Earthborn Spirit,” the rock formations between Cheyenne and Laramie that make up Vedauwoo (pronounced vee-da-voo) are rumored to boast more than 700 climbs. While this Wyoming rock climbing site is popular with dexterous crack climbers, less audacious visitors can also choose from a mix of bouldering and sport climbing. If you’re looking for a guided climbing trip, wanting to learn how to rock climb or interested in brushing up on your climbing skills, experienced guides such as Wyoming Mountain Guides are around to help.

Insider tip: Vedauwoo’s climbing season stretches from mid-April to mid-October. You can also camp in the Vedauwoo Campground and hike or mountain bike the area’s trails. While in the area, be sure to spend time in the surrounding cities of Laramie and Cheyenne. Laramie is home to Wyoming’s only state university, and Cheyenne is the state capital. Both are vibrant cities offering plenty to do when you need a break from the crag.

2. Sinks Canyon & Wild Iris

Nearest city: Lander

Most common route types: Sport

Average difficulty of routes: Class 5.6 to 5.14

Sinks Canyon is located near the climber-friendly town of Lander, which hosts an annual International Climbers’ Festival in July. The Canyon’s holey sandstone and granite walls are ideal for sport climbing. Mountaineers have reported more than 300 climbs in the area for varying abilities. making this a must-experience Wyoming rock climbing destination. Wind River Climbing Guides are available for guided sport climbing lessons. For even more scenic sport climbing, head to Wild Iris at Limestone Mountain. Located just 24-miles southwest of Lander, climbers dig Wild Iris’ white limestone pockets.

Insider tip: For the most ideal weather and smaller crowds, try climbing Sinks Canyon in the winter months. Most routes receive full sun for most of the day, meaning your ideal send temps might actually be in January. If you need to take a climbing break, explore the trails within Sinks Canyon State Park, which also offers camping.

3. Devils Tower National Monument

Nearest city: Hulett or Sundance

Most common route type: Trad

Average difficulty of routes: Class 5.6 to 5.13

Wyoming’s first national monument is a must for lovers of classic crack climbing. Hundreds of parallel cracks divide Devils Tower into hexagonal columns of varying width. These cracks can be up to 400 feet tall and usually run perfectly up and down. Since most routes on Devils Tower are traditional (trad) routes, climbers need a good amount of gear to take on this classic Wyoming rock climbing destination. But don’t worry: Local climbing guides such as those at Above All Climbing School or Devils Tower & Needles Rock Climbing Guides can help you have the experience of a lifetime on this majestic rock.

Insider tip: All climbers must register for free with park authorities and check in after their climb. Devils Tower, or Bear Lodge as it is better known as by local tribes, closes during the entire month of June out of respect for Native American traditional cultural activities that occur throughout the month.

4. Ten Sleep Canyon

Nearest city: Ten Sleep

Most common route types: Sport

Average difficulty of routes: Class 5.6 to 5.14

Just six miles east of the ranching town of Ten Sleep, this canyon’s more than 800 sport-climbing routes help support its title as one of the nation’s top summer climbing destinations. This Wyoming rock climbing hot spot features limestone with pull pockets, flakes and other fun holds between closely-spaced bolts. Climbers love the seemingly endless number of routes with extra-playfully names (check out “Slightly Toasted Cracker” or “Burl Ives is Dead”) and the area’s mild summer weather.

Insider tip: The climate in Ten Sleep Canyon is often cooler than the recorded temperature in the town of Ten Sleep. The summer’s longer days offer plenty of sunlight in the canyon for full days of climbing. Also, bring your angling gear. Nearby Ten Sleep Creek and Meadowlark Lake supply fantastic fishing opportunities. When you’re done playing outdoors, head to Ten Sleep Brewing Co. for a delicious microbrew.

5. Grand Teton National Park

Nearest City: Jackson

Most common route types: Bouldering, Trad

Average difficulty of routes: 5.6 to 5.12

Grand Teton National Park has it all: sport climbing, bouldering and alpine mountaineering. The area you choose to climb depends on your mood and skill. Cascade Canyon is a popular area for traditional and alpine climbers, while Blacktail Butte is known for its sport climbs. Grand Teton, which bears everything from moderate scrambles to mixed day climbs, is on the bucket list for many climbers.

Insider tip: Hook up with Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch, a facility providing affordable lodging for climbers visiting the national park. Enjoy a hot shower, read up on mountaineering in the ranch’s library and bond with other climbers in the dormitory-style rooms.

6. Fremont Canyon

Nearest City: Casper

Most common route types: Sport, Trad

Average difficulty of routes: 5.6 to 5.10

Fremont Canyon is a stunning destination that caters to beginners and seasoned climbers. Not only do you get to climb the stunning walls above the North Platte River but there is plenty of other outdoor opportunities waiting after your climb. From fishing, hiking and camping to name a few this area will draw you back in time and time again with its beauty and challenge.

Insider tip: Stop in at Sloan’s General Store and the Inn at Alcova to gather supplies for your climb. They have hot food to groceries and camping supplies. They also have cabin rentals for an extended stay.

7. Steamboat Point

Nearest City: Sheridan

Most common route types: Sport

Average difficulty of route: 5.10

With panaramic views of the area Steamboat Point gives climbers a one in a lifetime experience. Close to Highway 14 this open area has developed a moderate sport crag featuring 16 bolted pitches of great quality. This area while still being developed is the perfect spot for those wanting to leave the crowds and explore a newer location.

Insider tip: Spend a night out on the town after enjoying your day of climbing. Sheridan’s main street is full of shopping, delicious food and you won’t want to miss out on visitng the oldest bar in Sheridan, The Mint Bar.

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