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Palisades State Park Climbing

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Woman rock climbing at Palisades State Park near Sioux Falls.

Rock climbing in Palisades State Park is the best outdoor activity near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The pink quartzite found there is very unique.  It is similar to the rock at Devils Lake in Wisconson.  Hand holds and foot holds for climbing come in the form of angular edges, ledges, and cracks.

Palisades climbing is a great summer adventure suitable for families and anyone interested in learning to rock climb outdoors.  Jeff is our sole instructor for the area and also happens to be the guidebook author so he knows his way around the place better than nearly anyone.

We offer our Discover Climbing Adventure which is a half day of top rope climbing, as well as our 6 Hour Rock Day which is designed to cover the basics of how to set up your own climbing systems.

As with all of our courses, all the climbing gear is provided for your time on the rock with us.

Climbing is offered during most of the summer season.  Reservations are required, and weekdays preferred as Palisades is a busy place on the weekend.  Call (605)484-7585.

Discover Climbing at the Palisades (3-4 hours):  A perfect way to try rock climbing.  This Top Rope Climbing course will cover basic climbing movements, and proper belaying will be taught.

  • Party of 1 = $115  (only set up if there is a group already on the calendar that you can be added to)
  • Party of 2 or 3 = $90 per person
  • Party of 4 to 6 = $85 per person

6 Hour Rock Day:  This 6 hour day of climbing is yours to do with as you please, but most people enjoy it as a clinic which covers basic principles needed to set Top Rope anchors for climbing at Palisades State Park.  We will focus more on Top Rope anchor building and building skills than on climbing.  Prerequisite:  Discover Climbing day or similar experience and familiarity with belaying and climbing gear.

THIS COURSE DOES NOT CERTIFY PARTICIPANTS AT ANY LEVEL – IT IS YOUR CHOICE TO DECIDE IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH KNOWLEDGE TO GO OUT AND USE THE SKILLS WE DISCUSS ON YOUR OWN.

All needed climbing equipment will be provided, but bring your own climbing gear if you’d like.  Number of participants per course is limited to 4.

  • Party of 1 =  $265 for 6 hour day
  • Party of 2 – 4 = $175 per person for 6 hour day

Call (605)484-7585 to set up your adventure, or click on the BOOK Your Adventure button above.

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The climbing at Palisades State Park is a great outdoor activity near Sioux Falls, SD.