Rock Climbing in Fayetteville, AR

Photo credit: Gideon Haden ChomphosyWith a thriving climbing community and a wealth of great bluffs and boulders, it’s a special time for rock climbing in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Interest in the sport is growing rapidly, and we’re lucky enough to have the passion and geography to make Northwest Arkansas an ideal hub for climbers. Whether you’re a seasoned pebble wrestler or a trying your hand at trad climbing, here’s some information for anyone interested in rock climbing in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Learning the ropes and getting in the community

Rock climbing gyms are the place to learn the sport, build climbing strength, develop technique, and join the climbing community. Gyms usually offer day use options for those trying to get their feet wet as well as monthly or annual memberships for those looking to train.

There are a few climbing gyms near Fayetteville.

  • La Casa Pollo offers bouldering and sport climbing out near Lake Sequoyah.
  • Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale help you hone your bouldering skills.
  • University of Arkansas UREC climbing wall and bouldering wall. UREC Outdoors also hosts climbing clinics and trips.

Pulling on real rock

Once you make some climbing buddies and you know the difference between a crimp and a jug, there are lots of great places to go rock climbing near Fayetteville, AR. Northwest Arkansas has it all – traditional climbing, sport climbing, and bouldering.

  • For quick day trips without driving too far there’s rock climbing at Lincoln Lake, Area 74, Desoto, and Fern.
  • Longer day trips and weekend trips get you to the good stuff. Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Cowell, and Sam’s Throne all offer world-class rock climbing, and there are many more great climbing areas just a short drive from Fayetteville.
  • Cole Fennel’s second edition of Rock Climbing Arkansas. Can provides directions to these areas as well as a bounty of great beta for the routes when you get there.

Get your climbing gear

There are several stores that sell rock climbing gear in Fayetteville. Stop by Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters for rock climbing gear including climbing ropes, rock climbing shoes, chalk bags, quick draws, rock climbing harnesses, and more. Stop by and pick up the guide book while you’re at it!

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