Tucson's sunny, dry climate and easy access to thousands of traditional and sport climbs make the Old Pueblo a mecca for rock climbing in Southern Arizona. The five mountain ranges surrounding Tucson offer endless opportunities for climbers of every skill level, from beginners to seasoned, wall-crawling veterans.
Rock Climbing on Mt. Lemmon
One of the top rock-climbing destinations is Mt. Lemmon in Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains. Rising more than 9,000 feet above the Sonoran Desert floor, Mt. Lemmon has more than 2,700 climbing routes, ranging from single pitch clip-ups to multi-pitch traditional routes, and the mountain's steep, craggy walls are ideal for gravity-defying thrills at the end of a rope.
Bouldering in Tucson
Climbers looking for un-roped adventure will have a blast scrambling up and over the short, steep boulders in the foothills surrounding Tucson. These clusters of boulders make great practice sites for beginners who want to hone their skills. Our bouldering areas are popular also with more advanced climbers looking to work on technique.
Tucson Rock Climbing Gyms & Guides
Rocks and Ropes, Tucson's indoor climbing gym has two locations where experts teach climbing and safety skills to anyone and everyone out for adventure, even absolute beginners. Their certified instructors also lead outdoor climbing trips featuring bouldering, top roping, lead climbing and multi-pitch routes. Southwest Trekking is a Tucson guide service that also takes residents and visitors into remote areas of Southern Arizona for rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.
Note: Consistent with safe rock climbing in any destination, climbers of all levels are advised to climb with a partner and check weather reports before venturing into the mountains, as any time of year can bring unexpected weather.
Southern Arizona Associations & Coalitions