Colorado hosts some of the best rock climbing in North America. When the lower elevations get too hot to climb during the summer months, the mountains provide the perfect climate. The areas surrounding Breckenridge have fun Bouldering and sport climbing for all levels. With grades ranging from 5.7 to 5.13+ the single pitch sport climbing areas around Montezuma are the most popular in Summit County. This area provides a fun scene during a bluebird summer day with friendly dogs and their owners hanging out around the crag.

For those die-hard climbers, we suggest a short trip to Independence Pass for a day full of glorious sport and trad routes on heavily featured granite and metamorphosed gneiss. With over 500 routes to choose from, secluded surroundings, and easy access, Independence Pass gets our vote as one of the top places to climb during a hot Colorado summer.

To pick up a current version of the Summit Climbing Guidebook or purchase rock climbing gear check out Mountain Outfitters in Breck 970.453.2201 or Wilderness Sports in Dillon 970.468.5687.