Rock Climbing

Our topography makes Wisconsin the perfect destination for your next midwest rock climbing adventure, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Take turns climbing up boulders and crags or belaying for a family member or friend. The view and the memories made are well worth it.

Location, Location, Location

There are plenty of picturesque rock climbing spots found in Wisconsin, from Baraboo to St. Croix Falls. 

The quartzite bluffs found at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo — 35 miles northwest of Madison — attract climbers from all over the country. With a wide range of climbing and bouldering routes to choose from, over 1,000 to be exact, as well as scenic lake views, this park is perfect for every climber, no matter your skill set. 

Another awe-inspiring locale is Interstate State Park in St. Croix Falls. As Wisconsin’s oldest state park, Interstate features a deep river gorge called the Dalles of the St. Croix and unique basalt rock formations, making up over a dozen solid climbing spots. 

For some of the best fall foliage views, take your climbing adventure to Grandad Bluff, a city park in La Crosse. Check the Wisconsin Fall Color Report for the best times of year to see the color change. 

Safety First

Before you set off on your rock climbing adventure, keep in mind that state parks and most other outdoor spaces don't maintain climbing routes. Everyone climbs at their own risk. 

While not required, a professional guide can be an invaluable asset to help your rock climbing excursion go smoothly and safely, especially if there are beginners in your group. Companies like Apex Adventure Alliance and Devil’s Lake Climbing Guides help ensure a successful trip and provide rental equipment if necessary. 

Ice Climbing 

Interested in trying something new? Sounds like it’s time to check out ice climbing. After all, who wouldn’t want to scale a frozen waterfall or cliff? A sibling to rock climbing, ice climbing offers a new set of exciting challenges and the chance to master additional skills.

Destinations like Wyalusing State Park in Bagley and Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville are popular with ice climbers. You can even take classes to learn the basics from guides via companies like Vertical Adventure Guides based in Baraboo or Vertical Illusions in the Wisconsin Dells. 

Rock climbing or bouldering in Wisconsin is just as much about the journey as it is the destination. Reach new heights on your next getaway with family and friends and enjoy spectacular views, which will be etched in your memory forever. 

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