Black Canyon of the Gunnison Climb

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

  • Duration 8 Hours
  • Rock Climbing

Climb on the massive walls of the Black Canyon far above the raging Gunnison River

With some of the steepest walls in North America the Black Canyon of the Gunnison offers unparalleled access to large multi-pitch climbing objectives like nowhere else in the Southwest. Boasting a unique approach you and your guide will descend from camp to the bottom of the canyon and the start of your climbing objective. From there, you will scale the massive walls over the course of a full day, ultimately ending up back at the rim and often a short, flat walk back to your camp. Operating exclusively on the North rim of the canyon there are a lot of classic routes to pick from when planning your trip to ‘The Black’.

Climbing in the Black Canyon can be demanding and spending all day on the wall is an adventure many climbers strive to achieve. Join us for an unforgettable experience in one of the most unique climbing experiences in the Southwest.

Trip Details


8 Hours


Some rock climbing experience necessary

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AMGA and AE trained/certified rock climbing guide 
  • All technical equipment (helmet, harness, climbing equipment, ropes, packs, etc.)

Not Included

  • Lunch/snack food & water
  • Travel costs
  • Guide gratuity

Popular Routes to Climb

  • Height 800 ft
  • 8 Pitches
  • Grade 2

Full casual route description

  • Height 400 ft
  • 5 Pitches
  • Grade 3

Full maiden voyage route description

  • Height 800 ft
  • 8 Pitches
  • Grade 2

Full casually off route description

  • Height 600 ft
  • 6 Pitches
  • Grade 3

Full leisure climb route description

  • Height 700 ft
  • 7 Pitches
  • Grade 3

Full escape artist route description

  • Height 950 ft
  • 8 Pitches
  • Grade 3

Full comic relief route description

San Juan Expeditions guest climbing up a corner in the Black Canyon with the Gunnison River below

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