Climbing a route in the Black Canyon

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

Just a 2 hours country drive south of Aspen lies the north rim of the Black Canyon. This canyon is one of the deepest, steepest and narrowest canyons in North America. The walls of the North Rim host some of the best moderate climbs in the Canyon. Accessed by steep gully descents, sometimes via rappels. We climb up and out of the famed Black Canyon, with the Gunnison river roaring below us, making for a wild, scenic and memorable experience.

Some of the classic Black Canyon IV & below climbs are Maiden Voyage (5.9), Casual Route (5.8), Casually Off Route (5.9), and Leisure Route (5.9 R). A couple of the classic Black Canyon V & above climbs are Journey Home IV (5.9) and the ultra classic Scenic Cruise V (5.10).

The Black has long been a favorite venue for Aspen Expeditions guides’ personal climbing adventures. We are very excited to recently add this amazing venue to our guided offerings, right out our back door. Let us introduce you to the adventure of climbing in the Black!

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


Your guide will contact you the day before at the phone number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. You will go over necessary gear to pack and meal planning.

Rock Climbing

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