• AMGA Certified Guides
  • All Gear Included
  • Adventure of a Lifetime

More Fun and Awesome Views (Ages 5 and Up)

Arguably the most fun course we offer! By choosing an eight-hour Adventure Climbing course, you will get a private day with your guide, and have the opportunity to climb some of the more exciting and larger formations in our area, such as the Cathedral Spires. During an eight-hour Adventure Climbing course, our climbing guides will meet you at the South Dakota Outdoor Shop in Custer, South Dakota. Your guide will outfit you with all the necessary climbing equipment for your day, and talk to you about your experience, skill level, and desired outcomes for the day. After your guide selects a climbing destination that best matches your skills and desires, you will then travel to one of several different climbing locations located in Custer State Park or Mount Rushmore National Memorial (transportation not provided). For Adventure Climbing courses at Devils Tower, meeting arrangements will be finalized in advance.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to climb more summits than any of our other course offerings. Our eight-hour Adventure Climbing course also allows more time to hone your technical skills, such as lead climbing or self/partner rescue.

Ages 5 and up, parent or guardian MUST be present!


Custer State Park
The Needles of Mount Rushmore
Devils Tower


Skills Review
Routes Tailored to Ability
Longer Routes + Better Views
Learn to Rappel

Climbers Per Guide

3:1 maximum


Custer State Park or
The Needles of Mount Rushmore
1 climber = $400
2 climbers = $335 / climber
3 climbers = $315 / climber
4 climbers = $335 / climber
5 climbers = $315 /climber
Groups 6+ = $300 / climber

Devils Tower (Non Summit)
1 climber = $500
2 climbers = $425 / climber
3 climbers = $400 / climber


All Equipment is provided.
Ages 5 and up, Parent or guardian MUST be present!
For parties of 4+ or for Devils Tower trips please call to book your adventure.

Your Adventure Awaits

  • Schedule

    1. Schedule

    Book online or call us to schedule the perfect adventure.

  • Instruction

    2. Instruction

    Feel confident with certified instructors.

  • Climbing

    3. Climbing

    Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!

5 stars

My husband and I used Sylvan Rocks climbing school for a lesson at Palisades State Park. We had limited climbing experience, but our instructor, Jeff, did an amazing job. My husband and I had different comfort levels on the rocks, but Jeff was still able to keep us both engaged. He pushed our limits without making us feel uncomfortable. Jeff's passion for the sport is evident and only surpassed by his passion to teach it. You 'rock' Jeff 😁! I cannot recommend enough!


5 stars

Great experience, the instruction felt personal, and time on the rocks was maximized. Shoutout to the incredible instructors, Shankar, Carissa and Taylor; they were relaxed, down to earth and cool. They were thorough with safety and technique, and I felt confident with the basic knowledge I left with.


5 stars

Chris Spellmeyer and Shankar found the perfect balance of challenging and encouraging us. The instruction was excellent. The trip was very well organized and the selection of climbs just right for our group. We really appreciated the team's sense of humor and comfortable guidance. The gear was top notch and we wasted no time in transit- we were climbing from start to finish.


American Mountain Guides Association

The Highest Standards

Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association

As the only AMGA Accredited Guide Service in the area, we are committed to a high standard of climbing professionalism. The AMGA is an internationally recognized association offering courses, exams and certifications designed to certify guides and instructors as well as accredit businesses.

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Our Friends

  • South Dakota Outdoor Shop
  • Black Hills Basecamp
  • Custer Chamber of Commerce
  • Granite Sports
  • Black Hills Climbers Coalition

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