• 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 = $375
2 climbers = $300 / climber
3 climbers = $275 / climber
4 climbers = $300 / climber
5 climbers = $275 /climber
Groups 6+ = $250 / climber

Devils Tower (Non Summit)
1 climber = $500
2 climbers = $350 / climber
3 climbers = $325 / 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

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  • Instruction

    2. Instruction

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  • Climbing

    3. Climbing

    Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!

5 stars

Went with three kids (9, 8, 7 years old) and husband. Shankar was FANTASTIC! Got all three kids to the top, and both adults. None of us had any previous climbing experience. This was by far the highlight of our trip to SD. Best way to experience Custer Park!


5 stars

We booked a 6 hour lesson with Brandon and Chris in early September, 2020. We are a family of 5 with kids age 11, 9 and 6. This was our first outdoor rock climbing experience and it was amazing! We thought we would be getting to scale some large boulders outside. In the end, three of us climbed to the top of Rhinoceros Rock, a mountain in Custer State Park that is 130 feet high! Brandon and Chris were great guides and teachers. They worked extremely well with the kids, including helping my 6 year old not be afraid of heights and feel safe. They were very thorough, safe and fun. I highly recommend using Sylvan Rocks Climbing School if you are anywhere close to the area. It was the highlight of our trip to the Black Hills.


5 stars

Our first "outdoor" climbing adventure - Custer State Park in the Black Hills. Brandon matched us to routes that were challenging but not so difficult we couldn't finish. His knowledge of the sport and the area are second to none. We summited 4 routes - and I was even able to "try" a 5th route graded at 5.11 a/b that was awesome. We are planning on returning next summer - hopefully with a few friends from our indoor gym. Haven and I recommend Sylvan Rocks without question!


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

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