Rappelling, in simple terms, is used to describe the act of descending a mountain on a rope that is attached to an anchor at the top. Rappelling is most commonly used in outdoor rock climbing as well as canyoneering. It is a thrilling adventure, allowing you to descend as quickly or slowly as you wish.

rappelling down cliffside

This awesome activity allows you to not only experience breathtaking views, but also allows you to have an excitement filled trip while experiencing some of the best climbing in Colorado. I have put together a list of some of the top rated companies to try out when looking to partake in this particular excursion.

For beginner or intermediate climbers, AVA Rafting & Zipline offers guided rock climbing tours on our rock climbing course in Buena Vista! Our experienced guides will determine the best course for your group, yet both of our routes are top rope climbs, with opportunities to climb, belay, and rappel. You will climb high into the Granite Gorge Cliffs with stunning views of the Arkansas Valley and the Collegiate Peaks within the San Isabel National Forest.

man rock climbing

Denver Climbing Co. is at the top of my list. It is located about 20 minutes away from Denver and overlooks Golden, CO. This company offers an amazing beginners rappelling course which lasts about 4 hours total and includes complimentary photos with every trip. This specific trip offers gorgeous views of the town of Golden and is a great experience for those who new to rappelling in Colorado.

Not only does Denver Climbing Co. offer awesome beginners courses, but they also offer more in depth courses for those more advanced climbers, including a climbing course in Boulder’s Flatirons and which teaches the skill of building anchors and equipment involved.

Climb the Boulder Flatirons

I additionally recommend Kent Mountain Adventure Center in Estes Park, CO and on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park. Not only does this company offer rappelling and climbing excursions, but they also offer climbing camps for guests of all climbing experience levels, even some camps that are divided by gender!

They offer part-day and multi-day trips in traditional or multipitch climbing, where climbers ascend (and descend) a stretch longer than one rope length. They also offer the unique experiences of alpine climbing in the high peaks with snow and ice year-round winter climbing. If you’re looking for amazing guides, great reviews, and many activities to choose from, this is the place for your group.

ice climbing

With locations in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Moab, Utah, The Front Range Climbing Company is another great option. In the Denver area, they provide private, guided trips in a variety of areas including North Table Mountain, Boulder Canyon, and the Flatirons and also have opportunities to learn and try ice climbing!

Choose a trip in Moab, Utah for a unique canyoneering (rappelling into and travelling across canyons) experience. This is a place to go for climbers of all skill levels, especially if you’re looking for more one on one time with a guide.


It’s safe to say that there are a ton of options to choose from when it comes to looking into a Colorado rappelling experience. These are just a few of the many amazing places to check out in the area. Be sure to do your research beforehand and prepare for a fun trip you will remember for a lifetime!

Written by Allison M., AVA Sales Team Member

Edited by Rosa Canales, Marketing Specialist