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

Where the Fun Really Begins! (Ages 5 and Up)

Take your climbing and fun to the next level! Our six-hour Explore Climbing course is a private, custom course for families with kids, beginners and skilled rock climbers alike. Our guides will tailor the climbing experience to your level! During a six-hour Explore Climbing course, our climbing guides will meet you at the South Dakota Outdoor Shop in Custer, South Dakota at 7:45 am. Your guide will outfit you with all the necessary climbing equipment for your day. You will then travel to Sylvan Lake (roughly 12 minutes, transportation not provided), where a variety of climbing venues are available. Your guide will assess your skill level, and create a customized climbing adventure just for your party. If you want to climb as many summits as possible during your day, your guide will make that happen. Or if you would like to spend your day focusing on hard skills such as building anchors, placing trad gear, and becoming a more technical rock climber, your guide can do that as well. The important thing to remember is that this day is customized for YOU!

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


Custer State Park
Palisades State Park


Skills Review
Routes Tailored to Ability
Learn to Rappel

Climbers Per Guide

3:1 maximum Custer State Park
4:1 maximum Palisades State Park


Custer State Park
1 climber = $300
2 climbers = $225 / climber
3 climbers = $210 / climber
4 climbers = $225 / climber
5 climbers = $210 / climber
Groups 6+ = $200 / climber

Palisades State Park
1 climber = $275
2-4 climbers = $200 / climber


All Equipment is provided.
Ages 5 and up, Parent or guardian MUST be present!
For parties of 4+ 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

Our family of six had a blast with our Sylvan Rocks. They make everyone comfortable and listen to the needs and desires of everyone in the group. A great time for everyone at any level!


5 stars

Hands down our best climbing day with a guide ever. Everyone had an opportunity to climb at their level and also challenge themselves. Our guide listened and asked questions to make sure he was delivering on how we wanted to spend our time and was thoughtful and engaging. We had fun climbing but also just being together as a family having an experience. I'd recommend Doug and Sylvan to any one.


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.


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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