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We know, we know-—you’d rather be outside. But since the weather in the Mile High City doesn't always allow for that, sometimes you’ve got to take your climb indoors. Luckily for us, Denver is full of climbing gyms to help train you for your first or your thousandth climb.
We’ve compiled a list of the best places in the city for some indoor climbing. Belay on!
Movement’s original Denver gym in Baker and newer Denver gym in RiNo have joined the Earth Treks and Planet Granite family, meaning your membership gives you access to all three Movement + Climbing Fitness gyms. Movement’s massive and modern spaces offer state-of-the-art climbing and a schedule packed with fitness classes designed to get and keep you in shape for all of your adventures within and outside the walls of Movement. From climbing fitness to interval training, and indoor cycling to yoga, Movement builds some seriously well-rounded athletes.
Give the ropes a rest, and try your hand at bouldering. Denver Bouldering Club gives you access to 11,500 square feet of bouldering space and more than 250 problems maintained daily at the Central location, and 7,500 square feet and more than 150 problems at the South location. Denver Bouldering Club also helps you take your indoor practice outside by offering a meet-up near Denver on the second Saturday of each month. And since we all need some balance in our lives, DBC hosts (free!) yoga; just check their website calendar because days and times are different for each location.
Mountain Strong is more than just rock climbing—it’s a CrossFit gym with rock climbing classes and a bouldering wall. Here, you’ll challenge yourself beyond the WOD with conditioning centered around climbing, skiing, and mountaineering fitness. All of the strength you gain in Mountain Strong’s classes can be applied both during classes on the wall, as well as when you're outdoors on your own. After all, this is Colorado, and we’ve got mountains to climb.
With its original two locations in the Denver area and the addition of Movement Climbing + Fitness to the family, Earth Treks does not disappoint. The multifunctional space is designed for anyone from a newbie to a pro. Whether you take a lesson or just open climb, you’ll love the welcoming vibe. And Earth Treks understands that you need more than just climbing to stay in great climbing shape—they have a dedicated in-house yoga studio and a large strength training and conditioning room.
Rock’n and Jam’n rocks and jams daily in both Thornton and Centennial. Both facilities are designed to challenge and excite the whole family — kiddos are not only welcome but encouraged to join the fun. Boredom isn’t a problem at Rock’n Jam’n since they have the highest turnover of routes and problems in Colorado. Lessons are offered for all ages and levels, and climbers can keep it balanced with one of the fitness or yoga classes.
This über-cool indoor climbing crag is a welcome addition to the already-awesome fitness scene at Stanley Marketplace. In addition to its 16,000 square feet of vertical climbing walls, Übergrippen has a 15-foot-tall boulder wall, ten auto-belay stations, a long lineup of yoga classes, and a seriously decked out fitness floor. And the name? The folks at Übergrippen say it’s for that intense feeling of relief when finding a jug or good handhold after a difficult crux. We feel you, Übergrippen.
A favorite for bouldering in Boulder, The Spot opened another, well, spot in the Golden Triangle Creative District. The Spot is over 19,000 square feet at the Golden Triangle and mimics the vibe of the Boulder gym with more-modern walls that don’t top out. Keep an eye out on their calendar for community events, like their Final Fridays featuring art, music, drinks, food... and of course, climbing!
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