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Welcome to the Rockies! Spanning across Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, and Southern Idaho, this Region is absolutely full of climbing. You name it, it’s here. There are more AAC members in this Region than in any other. So get out there, meet some climbers, get involved, and have a great time!
It's easy to get in touch with your Regional Coordinator, or the Club.
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Email the Club's offices in Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer in the Rocky Mountain Region
Join the crew of AAC Volunteers in the Rockies! Get involved, join the fun, and help us support our local climbing communities.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Jenn Flemming.
The Utah Section of the American Alpine Club spans across this great state - from the desert towers and splitter cracks of Castleton Valley and Indian Creek to the bullet limestone of St. George to the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. The Section has around 450 members.
Wyoming has innumerable amazing climbing destinations. Alpine, sport, bouldering, trad—whatever your chosen discipline. Check out the newly developed cliffs in Ten Sleep, the stunning cracks of Devil’s Tower, or the burly offwidths at Vedauwoo. And then the Tetons! A trip up the Grand is a rite for any aspiring alpinist, and the hundreds of other routes and peaks are equally incredible. And don’t forget Sinks Canyon, Wild Iris, and the Wind Rivers! Come to Wyoming, there is a lifetime's worth of amazing stone to sample!
The Front Range Section covers the Eastern half of Colorado, containing historic climbing areas like Eldorado Canyon, the Flatirons, Lumpy Ridge, Rocky Mountain National Park, Shelf Road, and hundreds more. The Section has around 1,200 members and hosts various climbing-related activities up and down the Front Range.
The Western Slope Section of the American Alpine Club covers all of the fantastic climbing of Western Colorado—though Members are certainly not opposed to sneaking into the Northern Rockies Section and climbing in nearby Indian Creek. The Section has around 400 Members.
New Mexico, like its neighboring states, is absolutely filled with rock—enough to last many lifetimes. The 100 local members commonly check out the granite of the Sandias, the huge multi-pitch routes near Las Cruces and Chama, or cruise into one of hundreds of sandstone or volcanic canyons scattered across the state.
Benefits in the Rockies Region
Live in the Front Range? Traveling to the Front Range? Be sure to take advantage of these member resources:
Chris “Haliku” Pruchnic Wilderness First Responder Training Grant: Chris Pruchnic died ice climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2010. He was the AAC Front Range Section Chair and an avid adventurer passionate about climbing, SCUBA diving, and foreign travel. The purpose of this grant is to encourage and support climbers to obtain a Wilderness First Responder certification in an effort to increase their independence and knowledge of safe practices, provide help to those in need and promote safety in general to fellow climbers. Read More…
Rocky Mountain Region Live Your Dream Grant: Application Period March 21-May 1.
The Live Your Dream Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support. For the Rocky Mountain Region, the Live Your Dream Climbing Grant seeks to support climbers from a range of ages and experience levels, as well as a range of climbing disciplines (sport climbing, bouldering, traditional rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, etc.). Climbers from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah are eligible and grants are typically between $300 and $1000.
Download the Rocky Mountain Application.
• Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch: Members can stay at the legendary GTCR for just $14 per person per night. Check out the AAC website for even more information.
• Mountain Studies Institute at the Historic Avon Hotel: Located in Silverton, CO, minutes away from Eureka Ice Climbing and Silverton Mountain ski area in the heart of the San Juan mountains. The hotel has 15 rooms ranging from $25-30 during the off season and $30-35 during peak season (show your Membership Card or other proof of AAC Membership). Call 970-387-5161 for the details, or visit mountainstudies.org.
• Colorado Mountain School: Located in downtown Estes Park, CO only 10 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and three miles from Lumpy Ridge, the Colorado Mountain School sleeps 18 and has hot showers. Call 970-586-5758 or visit totalclimbing.com.
• Exum Mountain Guides offers a 10% discount for 1 climber and 15% discount on 2 or more climbers booking day climbs. Members must book a private or semi-private climb. No overnight Grand Tetons, Wind Rivers or Rock Springs Buttress. The entire Teton range is open…all rock climbs and even 1-day Grand Teton climbs with approval from a guide. Clients will also receive a Marmot tech-tee with the AAC & Exum Mountain Guide logos. Call 307-733-2297 or visit exumguides.com.
• Jackson Hole Mountain Guides is owned and operated by professionals who live and breathe the mountain life! Their philosophy is simple: enrich people’s lives by providing exceptional service and unforgettable experiences. AAC Members receive a 10% discount for 1 climber and 15% discount on 2 or more climbers booking day climbs. For more information, call 307.733.4979 or visit jhmg.com.
• Total Climbing runs Colorado’s largest guide service (Colorado Mountain School) and indoor climbing gym (Boulder Rock Club) and holds the exclusive permit to provide technical climbing services in Rocky Mountain National Park. They offer indoor and outdoor courses and climbs, avalanche education, backcountry skiing and international expeditions. The organization has been highly supportive of the AAC’s mission and events through the years. AMGA Accredited. Call 970-586-5758 or visit totalclimbing.com.
• Alpine World Ascents, with its AMGA/IFMGA trained/certified guides, offers a broad variety of instructional and guiding services for all levels: rock climbing, alpine mountaineering, ice climbing, ski/snowboard backcountry touring, via ferrata, canyoneering, hiking, trekking, peak bagging and expeditions, expedition training, wilderness navigation, self-rescue for climbers, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, and avalanche safety courses. Though they call Boulder, Colorado home, their work spans the globe: Europe, Canada, Central and South America, Himalayas, New Zealand, Africa to name a few, and of course, throughout the USA including Alaska. Check out alpineworldascents.com or call 303-350-0366.
• San Juan Mountain Guides is the only year-round guide service in Ouray, Colorado, aka- The Local Experts. They offer personalized, professional instruction and guiding in Ice climbing, Rock climbing, Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Training, Alpine Mountaineering, and International Expeditions. Visit ourayclimbing.com or call 970-325-4925 for details.
• Southwest Adventure Guides (formerly Southwest Adventures) has been conducting domestic and international trips and courses since 1989. All of their Senior Guides are either American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified or Trained. See mtnguide.net or call 1-800-642-5389 for further details.
Discounts vary—please call or stop by each gym for the latest details!
The Spot Bouldering Gym
Annual Pass: $460 / Monthly Pass: $60 / $45 Monthly EFT
3240 Prairie Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
Boulder Rock Club
10% off on day passes, month passes, or Paid in Full
memberships for AAC members
Rock'n & Jam'n 1
9499 Washington Street
Thornton, CO 80229
Rock'n & Jam'n 2
7390 S Fraser St Unit E
Centennial CO 80112