Rock Climbing Basics

Location Red Rock

Season Fall

Difficulty Easy

Duration 2 Days


Learn to rock climb on the warm sandstone of the  Red Rock from an AMGA Certified Guide. This 2 day clinic will provide you with the knowledge to carry you into this dynamic sport with a very solid foundation that has been vetted by the American Mountain Guiding Association. All technical climbing gear will be provided for you.  Rock climbing shoes can be rented at a cost of $10 per day.

Season Fall

Minimum Age 18

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Day 1: Equipment sizing and selection
        *anchor types and fundamentals
        * Basic rock climbing movement
        *safety protocols
        *communication between climber and belayer
        * lead and top rope belaying
        * rapelling
        *crack climbing technique
        * passing gear
Day 2: refresh all skills learnt on previous day and focus on climbing as much as possible.

Group Pricing $300 Per person

Individuals will be responsible for paying the fee to be admitted into the recreation area.

Rock climbing shoes can be rented at a cost of $10 per day.

October 15-16, 2017

Our Red Rock office is located at 8221 West Charleston Boulevard, Suite 102, inside Desert Rock Sports. Las Vegas Airport is the closest and cheapest airport we recommend to clients. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call our Las Vegas office at 702-254-0885 or email


Red Rocks’ climate is typical of the Mojave Desert, in which it is located, marked with hot summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine year-round, and very little rainfall. Highs in the 90s are common in the months of May, June, and September and temperatures normally exceed 100°F for several days in the months of July and August, but there is very low humidity, making the temps not feel quite so hot. The hottest temperature ever recorded is 117°F set twice, on July 19, 2005 at McCarran International Airport and July 24, 1942 at present-day Nellis Air Force Base.

Showers occur less frequently in the Spring or Autumn. July through September, the Mexican Monsoon often brings enough moisture from the Gulf of California across Mexico and into the southwest to cause afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Although winter snow is usually visible from December to May on the mountains surrounding Las Vegas, it rarely snows in the city itself.Winters are cool and windy, with the majority of annual 4.5 in of rainfall coming from January to March. Winter daytime highs are normally around 60°F and winter nighttime lows are usually around 40°F. The coldest temperature ever recorded is 8°F set on January 25, 1937 at present-day Nellis Air Force Base.

Upper Layers
Bottom Layers
  • Sun Hat – Baseball of full brimmed
  • Water – Water bottles or hydration bladder
    • (May-Sept) Minimum 3 Liters
    • (Nov-April) Minimum 2 Liters
  • Food: Energy Bars, fruit, sandwiches, trail mix. Bring Enough!
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/ Lip balm
  • Bandana
  • Headlamp (For long routes)
  • Warm Weather – (May-Sept) The sun is intense and hydration is vital!.  Hydrate the night before your climb/ hike.  Consider freezing your water bottles or putting ice in them.  Light colored  and loose fitting clothes will help keep you cool.
  • Cold Weather – (Nov-April) Bring gloves and a warm hat that will fit under your helmet. Bring extra layers like long underwear and a heavier winter jacket to keep warm when the sun ducks behind clouds of dips below the canyon walls.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please contact our office for gear questions.  Rock shoes can be rented at JHMG.

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Do I have to pay a fee to get into Red Rock?

To date, there is only one fee area, the 13 Mile Scenic Drive / Visitor Center. On the days you climb with JHMG, you do not have to pay an entrance fee. Most climbing is accessed via the one-way 13 Mile Scenic Drive.  When you return to Red Rock on your own, a day pass is $7, annual pass is $30 and they honor the America the Beautiful Pass ($80).

How far is Red Rock from the Strip?

The entrance/fee booth to the Red Rock 13 Mile Scenic Drive and Visitor Center is a quick 20-30 minute drive from the Neon Jungle.

Is it always hot and sunny in Red Rock?

Definitely not. Red Rock is in the Spring Mountain Range and most of the climbing is located between 4000’-6000’ above sea level (Vegas = 2000’). Temperatures can vary from well below freezing in winter to well above 100(f) degrees in summer. During winter months, it is not uncommon for Red Rock to be covered in a fresh blanket of snow (2”- 8”). Fortunately, most of the snow melts within a few days.

Is Red Rock a State Park or a National Park?

It's neither.  It is a National Conservation Area that is operated and administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the western U.S. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is almost 200,000 acres of your public lands.

Will I need any special clothing or shoes for the Red Rock?

Typically, any comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and a pair of tennis shoes will be all you need. Weather conditions can vary wildly within a few days and your clothing selection should reflect the weather forecasted for your day of climbing. Multiple light layers are the best option and lightweight (low-top) hiking or tennis shoes are fine. Open-toed footwear (flip-flops, Tevas, etc) are not recommended.


  • I’ve climbed with multiple guides from JHMG over the years, and every one was a solid partner and enjoyable companion for the day.   For me, hiring a guide for Red Rocks is a great way to leverage a trip to Las Vegas and get in some climbing when I don’t have a partner available.  It’s great to have a partner that has all the beta, so that I can just focus on the climbing, and not worry about the route finding.  I’ve been able to climb some big routes with JHMG, and always learn something from my guide.

    — Andy Welter
  • If you want to climb safely with confidence and learn about WHAT you are actually doing and climbing…Pick JHMG.  Hands down the best guys for the job!  YEARS of experience and professionalism are very obvious from the moment you step inside the shop.  Nice guys, well trained and fun to climb with!

    — Darren Davis
  • My experiences with JHMG have been uniformly outstanding.   Each guide that has worked with me over the years has taken a genuine interest in helping me advance my climbing.  The levels of professionalism, expertise, and interest in teaching among the guides I have worked with has been top-notch.

    — David Matthews
  • I would highly recommend taking the time to rock climb in Red Rock Canyon with JHMG service. It will be a trip to Vegas you won’t forget. The guides at JHMG are knowledgeable, experienced and will show you the best of what Red Rock has to offer.

    — Mike Eneix

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