The World’s Best Rock Climbing Places Near You

Whether you’re a seasoned rock climber, or you’re interested in trying out for the first time on your travels, you’ll get so much more enjoyment out of the sport if you visit one of the world’s best rock climbing spots. Here they are:

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Located in Stanton, Kentucky, the Red River Gorge is a beautiful place for a spot of rock climbing. There are numerous routes you can take, which cater to all experience levels and if you during the climbing season, you’ll meet a lot of like-minded individuals who are also there to climb in beautiful surroundings.

El Potrero Chico, Mexico

In Nuevo León, Mexico you will find El Potrero Chico – an incredible National Park consisting primarily of impressive limestone rocks that are just prime for climbing thanks to their 2000 feet spires and high overhangs. There are lots of jagged rocks around too, so you’ll need to watch your step if you want to avoid getting a ride from the airvac company in one of their special air ambulances! While you’re there, you should make an effort to try out Timewave Zero – North America’s longest sports route – for size. Will it beat you?

Otter Cliff, Maine

Nestled in the Acadia National Park, Otter Cliff is an 110-foot high giant of rock with a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most beautiful sea cliffs in the country. Again, Otter Cliff has routes suitable for all levels, and is, in fact, probably of the best rocks for new climbers that there is. If you take a trip to Otter Cliff, keep a look out for the Spindle rock formation which the waves hide from view, and which is marked by a buoy. It is that spindle which killed a famous French adventurer, Samuel de Champlain, back in the 1600s!

Gibraltar Rock, California

This Santa Barbara rock benefits from fantastic weather, many impressive crags that are prime for exploring and the most amazing views out over the area. The only downside to visiting is that it can get VERY crowded on weekends and holidays but just don’t go then!

El Capitan, California

Another Californian cliff – El Capitan – is probably one of the most famous it he world and deservedly so because not only is it one of the most impressive cliff faces you’ll ever see, but it is also has a summit of 3000 feet, which as I’m sure you’ll agree, presents a pretty serious challenge to even the most experienced rock climbers amongst us. If you can make it up this monster’s granite face, you know that you’re bona fide rock climbing legend.

Kalymnos Island, Greece

Situated on the Dodecanese Islands, this Greek cliff island is one of the most impressive climbing destinations in Europe, and the world, thanks to its safe routes, a wide variety of climbs and the sheer number of friendly climbers who always seem to be on hand to offer help and support. The best time to visit this cliff is during the Kalymnos Climbing Festival, which takes place there each year.


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