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Know Before You Go...

The PPCA is your community resource for information on regulations, closures, and best practices for climbing in the Pikes Peak region. This page provides an overview of what you need to know before you go out climbing. But please remember to obey all posted signs and closures, even if not listed here, and always use common sense and climb within your ability to keep you and your climbing partners safe.

On this page:

- Raptor Closures

- Garden of the Gods Climbing Regulations

- Wet Rock Considerations

- Leave No Trace and Best Practices

- Free Skills and Safety Clinics

- Bolting

Raptor Closures

Some climbs and regions in Colorado Springs and the South Platte are closed at certain times of the year to protect nesting raptors and other species that can be disturbed by climbers. Especially during summer months, be sure to check whether the area you are climbing in is not closed!

Garden of the Gods Climbing Regulations

As both a Colorado Springs city park and very popular area for both climbers and tourists alike, this area is subject to some unique regulations and protections. Please be sure that you understand these simple regulations prior to climbing in Garden of the Gods.

Wet Rock Consideration

After recent rain or snow storms, sandstone can become fragile. Climbing on it can cause damage to climbs and injury to climbers.

Leave No Trace and Best Practices

Learn what  you can to do to keep our local crags safe and beautiful!

Safety and Skills Clinics

Want to learn more but not sure where to start? Check out our free clinics on topics such as best practices and basic technical skills for climbing outdoors.