Cody Rock Climbing

Location Cody

Season Summer

Difficulty Varies

Duration 1 Day


Steeped in western history Cody,Wyoming is one of the gateways to Yellowstone National Park.This destination offers excellent rock climbing opportunities on single and multi pitch climbs for all abilities. Most rock climbs are located just minutes from downtown in the Shoshone River Canyon. Cody is “the” place for beginners because of easy access and quality rock. Whether it’s sandstone, limestone, or granite, our guides will select the best options to help you get started climbing or further hone your skills. We are here and eager to help you reach your goals.”

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Season Summer

Elevation 5016'

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A relaxed and fun experience on easy to moderate single pitch climbs in Cody’s South Fork Canyon. This is a full day of climbing, whether a series of short routes or a moderately long, four pitch, climb that can be completed in eight hours or less. Routes are chosen based on your ability and goals. Prior climbing experience or prerequisite classes is required.

Because of scheduling, these trips cannot be booked online.  Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your trip.

Start early and climb high in the picturesque South Fork Valley! Routes climbed will be of a more challenging nature, typically over four pitches in length. Your guide will evaluate your experience and suggest routes appropriate to meet your goals. Prior climbing experience or prerequisite classes is required.

Because of scheduling, these trips cannot be booked online.  Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your trip.

Level 1 Guided Rock Climbing Price: $325 private; $185pp/group

Level 2 Guided Rock Climb Price: $375 private; $245pp/group

Because of scheduling, these trips cannot be booked online.  Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your trip.

Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

Cody, Wyoming is located in the northwest quadrant of Wyoming, 52 miles east of Yellowstone Park. Cody is positioned at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14-16-20 and WYO Highway 120. It’s 100 miles from Billings, the closest large airport, and is several hours from Denver. The Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is the closest regional airport. The Cody office is located inside Sunlight Sports at 1131 Sheridan Avenue in the heart of downtown Cody. We are open every day from 8 am to 5:30 pm. The Cody office can be reached at 307.250.0763


Cody, Wyoming, lies just east of the high plateau of Yellowstone National Park and is considered the park’s eastern gateway. Cody is located at the western edge of the Bighorn Basin, a depression surrounded by the Big Horn, Wind River, and Absaroka ranges. At the western edge of Cody, a deep canyon formed by the North Fork of the Shoshone River provides the only passage to Yellowstone’s Eastern Entrance.

The weather in the Big Horns are highly variable. Large temperature swings are always possible. Cold winters can normally bring lows of -40 °F (-40 °C). and hot summers can bring 100 °F (38 °C). The humidity of the air is usually 30% or less, which is fairly dry. Precipitation averages 9 inches (229 mm) of rain per year, making the surrounding area a semi-arid desert. During the summer months of June, July and August, if it does snow, it is usually brief and melts quickly. Such events are not frequent, but there are sudden and drastic shifts in weather conditions.

Wind is almost a constant presence in the Cody area and the Big Horn Basin in general. The air flow in the Basin is turbulent, but during the winter, most storms seem to move in from the north-northwest. During the summer, it is not unusual to see storms move in from the southwest. Throughout a normal day, winds can be experienced as coming from almost any direction, mostly from the north and west, but sometimes from the south and east. The Canyon at the west end of Cody seems to funnel rain and wind across the city from the west. The winds can be quite strong at 30 to 40 mph (50 to 60 km/h) and last for several days.Climbers take note: Cody enjoys about 300 days of sunshine per year.

For your safety and comfort, bring synthetic and or natural fiber clothing for insulation. Cotton is NOT recommended and down must be kept dry. Clothing should be able to layer without encumbering your movement.


Objective Dependent – Salewa footwear is available at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides for rent. JHMG also carries a selection of Five Ten Rock shoes for rent.

  • Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes or Hiking Boots. Trips before mid July and those with extensive snow require a lightweight mountaineering boot (not a plastic boot). Guide Pick: Salewa Wildfire Pro or Salewa Firetail 3
  • Rock Shoes for technical rock routes (Available for rent)
  • Socks: 1 – 2 pair: sized for your boots and blister prevention
Upper Layers
Bottom Layers
  • Hat: lightweight to medium weight warm hat – sleek enough to be worn under a helmet
  • Gloves: one lightweight to medium weight pair – synthetic or fleece material. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Glove
  • Gaiters: only until mid-July

On the Trail

  • Back Pack: internal frame  30 Liter capacity (2000 cu in) Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30
  • Water Bottles (2-3 L/Qt.) Or H2O Hydration system
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Extra Pair Contact Lens
  • Sun Hat or visor
  • Sunscreen (35+SPF)
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent (until early August)
  • Headlamp, Fresh batteries
  • First Aid: minimal – blister care, analgesic, etc.
  • Lunch and Snacks

Optional Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera

Cold Weather Considerations:

Early and late season temperatures require warmer clothing. You may consider additional clothing if you get cold easily or if it is unusually cold or windy.

  • Down Jacket
  • Vest
  • Medium weight long underwear

**Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices, crampons, and ice axes. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please coordinate with our office for gear checks. Backpacks, rock shoes, and boots can all be rented & purchased in our Jackson office.

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Do I need any experience or do you take beginners?

Our specialty is beginners!! There is no better place for a beginner to learn rock climbing than in Cody. Experience is always helpful but certainly not necessary.

Do I need to book a full day or can I do just a half day?

We book a lot of half day climbs for a number of reasons. Our crag is so accessible that you can get a lot of climbing in, in a very short period of time. Unless you are a seasoned climber a half day session is about all most folks can handle.

If I book a class for my kids, can I go along and watch and take photos?

Absolutely! We would have you sign an additional release form at no extra charge but because of the easily accessible location and large staging area at the base of the cliffs there is no better place to hang out and enjoy the day.

Where do you climb?

Our classes take place in the Shoshone River Canyon just minutes to the West of downtown Cody. Typically we go to a place called "The Island" but the entire canyon has easily accessible rock routes to match everyones skills.

Do you have any classes scheduled that I might join in on?

We normally don't have a set schedule for rock outings in Cody but schedule day trips to fit our clients schedules. Rarely is it a problem but it's definitely best to plan ahead well in advance as much as possible.


  • We love JHMG! We try and go once a year to climb with them and it is always a highlight of our year! It’s relaxing, fun, challenging and exciting! Thanks for a great trip!

    — Rachel Soeken
  • Joe and I wanted to again say thanks for an awesome trip. We were put at ease the second we walked into the guide shop on Monday night for a gear check. I would absolutely recommend JHMG to anyone who asks. Every single guide we met was approachable, professional, and fun to be around, making for a great time. I sincerely hope that our paths cross again some time.

    — Steve Widdoss
  • Wow! What can I say? Thank you! I never thought I’d climb again and you guys gave me the confidence and encouragement to do it again. Today’s hike was long, but the view well worth it. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with me. Thanks again.

    — Liz
  • I can’t tell you what a great time we had climbing with you. It was good to get to know JHMG too. I was impressed with its professionalism, focus on safety, and the personal attention that my son Luke and I received from the staff. It’s hard to imagine how you guys can maintain that level of intensity and professionalism all summer long.

    — Craig George
  • 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
  • I have climbed with JHMG multiple times over the last 18 years in the Tetons.  The experience has always been excellent.  What I have found consistently over the years is a group of guides who are accomplished climbers, excellent teachers of what they do, and very enjoyable to be around in a personal sense.  I’m sure there are other guide services that are good as well, but the JHMG staff as a whole seem to really enjoy what they do and genuinely want to share their climbing and outdoor passion with the mortals.  If someone desires to have these qualities in a guide service, JHMG is the one for you.

    — Brad A. Ward
  • 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
  • My two sons had an awesome experience learning more about climbing, the associated terms and interacting with their guide Nate.  They had great stories to tell about the day, and are looking forward to summiting the Grand Teton one day.

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