You can still climb in CO in the winter!

A-Lodge staff member, Chris Bisch, cranking down on the fine limestone at Shelf Road.

Shelf Road is an amazing Colorado climbing destination in the winter and the summer!

This wild spot in the middle of nowhere is only 3 ½ hours from Boulder. The Shelf Road climbing area is to the west of Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pike’s Peak. I took my last weekend off to spend a few days camping out down there. I won’t lie; it’s chilly at night… but super warm during the day. In the middle of winter you can be climbing shirtless by 10am, making Shelf Road the rare area to get a tan this time of the year. You’ll find fun routes and areas for every level of climber. Quality limestone and good friction make this a special place that to climb and get away from the noise of the city in the winter.

It’s easy to make friends before leaving the camping site, which is  only about a 15 minute trek from the climbing. You’ll meet almost everybody in front of the only toilet for the morning chore.  Standing in line is the perfect time to find partners for new projects and old classics. Stop by the front desk at the A-Lodge for our favorite routes and suggestions!


— Chris Bisch, A-Lodge Staff


Check out the link to Mountain Project below to see some of our favorite routes in the area: