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Rock Climbing in Bend, Oregon

Known as a “bona fide climbing town,” according to National Geographic Magazine, rock climbing in Bend, Oregon is full of world-renowned rock, routes, epic scenery, and state-of-the-art indoor gyms.

Whether you want to solve a puzzle on the bouldering wall or you’re looking for an introduction to climbing with less risk you will find rock climbing options at one of Bend’s indoor climbing gyms. Bend Rock Gym has three gyms, all in one location, that offer infinite possibilities. Their state-of-the-art facilities make it easy for all levels with classes, day passes, or punch cards, and they offer yoga for a relaxing cool-down. The Circuit Bouldering Gym provides 20,000 square feet of climbing paradise with 200 routes and 25 new routes set every Friday. And when you’ve had enough, enjoy a full bar because you’re in Bend, and beer goes with everything.

Ready to head outside to play on some rocks and soak up stellar Central Oregon views?

Climbing at Smith Rock State Park offers some of the most cutting-edge climbing routes in the world. It’s an international destination filled with renowned routes and climbing areas such as Monkey Face, Mesa Verde Wall, and the Dihedrals. Only 30 minutes north of Bend, Smith Rock is widely considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, with over 1,500 established routes and challenges to choose from for all skill levels. Climbing guide services are available through the pros at Smith Climbing School and Chockstone Climbing Guides. They offer climbing instruction for all abilities and ages, so if you have some adventurous kiddos, then why not send ‘em up a wall.

If you need climbing gear rentals, retail, and local intel, head over to the experts at Mountain Supply.

Not up for a climb? How about a hike? Hiking trails such as Misery Ridge, Wolf Tree, and the Crooked River Trail offer spectacular views of the surrounding area, including the Crooked River. And don’t forget to look up; you might see the next Alex Honnold scaling Monkey Face.

Smith Rock is a year-round climbing destination, with spring and fall being the most popular climbing months. Parking at Smith Rock costs $5 for the day, or yearly permits are available for $30. Parking does fill up quickly, especially on warmer days, so plan ahead and make sure to only park in designated areas. Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash at all times.

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