Rock Climbing South Dakota

Rock Climbing South Dakota

Rock Climbing
South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming

Rock Climbing South Dakota has granite rock, first accent possibilities, easy approaches and world-class rock climbing. There is a little of everything for every type of climber.

Take a road trip to the Black Hills and Devils Tower.

South Dakota travel tips and recommendations for your rock climbing destination:

Where to go:

Hill city or Spearfish, South Dakota
Devils Tower, Wyoming
When to go:


Note: the month of June is a very sacred month at devils tower, I would recommend not going during June out of respect.

And Sturgis (1st full week in August) is a really busy and FUN time to be in the hills, just book your place to stay in advance.
How long to stay:
Minimum 4 days

Include travel time because this is a road trip destination


Where to stay:

Closest to the Mount Rushmore routes and the cheapest (FREE) pull in to the climber’s campground on your way to Mount Rushmore, pull off is Wrinkled Rock. No water, no electricity, no fires and fault toilets but it is FREE and the scenery is beautiful.

Closest to the Custer State Park routes is Sylvan Lake campground, cabins or lodge

In Hill City – try the Best Western Golden Spike Inn or Black Hills Trails End Cabins & Motel

In SpearfishBell’s Motor Lodge Motel or the Best Western Black Hills Lodge

In Devils TowerDevils Tower Lodge – a climbing retreat where you can book a room & a guide


Get your Climb On

Find all the rock climbing South Dakota areas/routes on Mountain Project.

Custer State Park with Sylvan Lake and The Needles – traditional climbing on granite rock

Mt Rushmore National Memorial with South Seas and Chopping Block- sport routes, bouldering

Falling Rock & Victoria Canyon near Rapid City

Spearfish Canyon – limestone rock, beautiful area

Devil’s Tower – one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas

Need a climbing guide while you are here – check out Sylvan Rocks

Find the guidebooks you need here for rock climbing South Dakota. – Rock Climbing Gear


Get your Bike On

Rent a motorcycle and drive some of the most scenic drives in the country. Then check out sturgis!

Note: Sturgis is usually held the first full week in August.

Biking (non-motorized style) – the George S Mikelson Trail is 109 miles long


Get your Hike On

Hike to the tallest point in South Dakota – Harney Peak
Hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon


Get your Grub On

There is nothing like a meal at the Alpine Inn in Hill City to top off a climbing day.
They have only one thing on the menu – bacon wrapped filet mignon either 6oz or 9oz with baked potato, toast, wedge of lettuce and ranch dressing for $9.95 or $11.95

Stop at the Crow Peak Brewing Company in Spearfish


Have fun rock climbing South Dakota!

Travel to Thailand

 Koh Phi Phi Islands

Adventure Travel to Thailand

Travel to Thailand for some great adventure climbing and amazing Thailand beaches!

Southern Thailand was made for climbing with the huge rock formations jutting out of the ocean.  Thailand is the friendliest and most accommodating country I have ever visited, they love farangs (foreigners)!

Here are some travel tips for an amazing adventure travel trip to Thailand:

Where to go:

Krabi Province, Thailand

Includes Tonsai, Railay, Koh Phi Phi Island

When to go:


How long to stay:

Minimum: One week

Where to stay:

Check out Railay site for recommendations and even help with booking a place to stay.

They list all types of accommodations for every budget and traveler.

Where to climb:

Railay – limestone, bolted routes all along the beach and back in the jungle
A few of the climbing areas on Railay = Pra-Nang Beach, Escher Wall, Candlestick, Thailand Wall, Low Tide Wall, 1,2,3 Wall, The Keep, Maui Thai
Climbing areas on Tonsai Beach = Dum’s Kitchen, Cat’s Wall, Tonsai Wall

Climbing areas on Phi Phi Islands = Hua Ling wall, Pile Wall, Hin Taak, Ao Ling, Tonsai Tower, Maya Bay

Other climbing areas nearby =

LoaLiang island

Koh Yao Noi


Other Adventure Options:

Deep Water Soloing  – day-trips to Tonsai/Railay, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Lao Liang

Bouldering – on Tonsai Beach and Phra Nang Beach

Kayaking around Krabi

Elephant Trekking tours in Ao Nang

Jungle Treks in Railay

Area Climbing Guides – contact King Climbers Guidebooks Rock Climbing in Thailand and LaosThailand: A Climbing Guide, or King Climbers Edition 51wMgOuokeL._SL110_.jpgThailandSam Lightner Jr.Best Price $13.24
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Travel to Thailand Tips:

Grab a bite to eat anywhere along Tonsai beach or Railay Beach.

If you are staying on Tonsai (due to low tide you can’t get there at night) make your way along the beach and enjoy all of the great bars, each one is unique and a guaranteed good time!

Railay West has some great restaurants along the beach and inland too.

Enjoy the Rock & Fire International Competition which is held yearly in the winter.

Just remember this is island time and no one is in a hurry. They don’t know what ASAP means so relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. It is amazing!

Bring bahts with you, not many places available to exchange money here.

Everything is really inexpensive for a beach location.

Use backpacks for luggage since you are getting in and out of boats and there are no docks at most of these locations.

Make sure to lookup the immunizations needed before traveling.

Stock up your first aid kit and bug spray before traveling.

And remember, you are in the jungle, lots of crawlers and bugs and monkeys everywhere.

Lastly, don’t forget your climbing gear!


Enjoy your travel to Thailand! I promise you will go back again.