This is the Climbing category.

All climbers must register for their intended climb through the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center before ascent.

Graduation Boulder

No topo.  Bouldering from the roadside!  A few highballs scale the steep, creekside of the boulder on slopey, polished edges.  Classic V0 warm-ups face the road.
Approach by driving 0.7 miles past the canyon’s mouth and park next to Graduation Boulder.
Directly across the creek and 30 feet uphill lies another boulder with several excellent challenges, including the full right-to-left lip traverse, Tough Guy (V7).
River Rumble

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The Pinnacle (North Face)

This crag rises directly south above Graduation Boulder.
Approach by driving 0.85 miles past the canyon entrance to a pullout on the right (west) side of the paved road.  Cross the road and a stone bridge over the creek.  A rough trail works up the eroded hillside to the base.
Routes are listed from right to left.
2. Cheyenne (5.11b)
3. Chivalry (5.10c)
4. The Shiiter (5.12a)
5. Balance (5.8)

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Sun Slabs (The Pinnacle, East Face)

This is the lower, east-facing wall around the buttress from The Pinnacle, North Face.
Approach from the northfacing wall, hike southeast around the corner and downclimb to an old prospect hold filled with water below a vertical wall.
Routes are listed right to left.
14. Slant Eye (5.9) Liebacks, jams and face climbing.  Gear: Stoppers and small to medium cams.
15. RopeKill (5.7). A short first pitch leads

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Creekside Wall (The Pinnacle, Lower West Face)

No topo.
This 40-foot-high, west-facing cliff rises directly above the creek, south of the footbridge opposite the parking area.  A fun place to top rope.  Most climbers sling trees on top of the cliff for anchors.
Routes are listed right to the left from the right side of the big roof.
17. Karo in Your Gas Tank (5.10a) Pull over two roofs, then head up and right

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West Face (The Pinnacle, Big West Face)

No topo.
Approach by scrambling up a gully below the obvious, left-facing dihedral and slab.
27. The West Face (5.0) Wander at will, aiming for the large tree on the cliff-top.  Downclimb or walk off south to a scree gully.
28. Crack Parallel (5.7) Two pitches up the steep slab left of an obvious, left-facing corner system on the west flank.  Scramble up to the base of

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The Amphitheater

A cliff-lined cul-de-sac southwest of the Pinnacle on the abrupt north flank of Mt. Cutler.  A variety of good sport routes are found on the solid granite and its shaded aspect makes it a good summer retreat.
Approach from the parking area at 0.85 miles, about 150 feet up-canyon from the bridge, look for a trail on the left (east) side of the road.  Follow

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The Flying Buttress

A prominent buttress west of The Amphitheater with two excellent, moderate, multi-pitch lines.
Approach from the base of the steep gully into The Amphitheater, look on the right for a faint trail marked with a cairn.  Hike west on this trail following switchbacks uphill to the base of the buttress.  Scramble east over broken ledges to a pine tree.
Routes are north-facing.  Ten-minute approach.
37. Hanging Gardens

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Fly Cave Wall

No topo.  A cave with steep, highball boulder problems.  A good spot is a must and a pad is recommended.  Three problems scale the wall, listed left to right.  To approach pull into a large dirt pull-off on the north side of the road, about 2.3 miles up-canyon.  Cross the creek on a fallen tree bridge and walk 30 feet to reach a 15-foot-high,

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