New Climber Adventures

  • Discover

    4 hours

    Locations

    Custer State Park
    Palisades State Park

    Agenda

    Learn Basics of Climbing
    Climb Multiple 50-foot Routes

    Pricing

    $80-$150 / climber

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  • Explore

    6 hours

    Locations

    Custer State Park
    Palisades State Park

    Agenda

    Learn Basics of Climbing
    Routes Tailored to Ability
    Learn to Rappel

    Pricing

    $175-$300 / climber

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  • Adventure

    8 hours

    Locations

    Custer State Park
    The Needles of Mount Rushmore
    Devils Tower (Non Summit)
    Devils Tower Summit (more info)

    Agenda

    Learn Basics of Climbing
    Routes Tailored to Ability
    Learn to Rappel
    Longer Routes + Better Views

    Pricing

    $250-$500 / climber

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  • AMGA Certified Guides
  • All Gear Included
  • 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!

Google

5 stars

We were a group of 8 with varying skill levels and our guides were amazing. They worked together to ensure that we all felt comfortable on the wall, set up multiple routes, instructed those that needed it and trusted those that didn't. We all had a great time and learned a lot! I would say this is a must do activity if you are spending any time in Custer State Park.

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5 stars

My son and I did an introductory climbing day a couple of years ago with Sylvan Rocks. That day made my son fall in love with climbing. Last week, we returned for a three-day climbing session, and it was even better than the first. Our guide Shankar gave us three amazing days that culminated in my son's ascent of Spires 2 and 3 of the Cathedral Spires in Custer State Park. He was patient, good-humored, and laser-focused on safety while dealing both with my beginner's mistakes, and with my son's need for technical training. While he pushed me to stretch my limits, there was never any point at which I felt it was inappropriate. And, we got to the top of the "Aquarium." On top of all that, Shankar's just a really cool guy. I feel that we got more than our money's worth out of this experience, and we will be back to climb again with Sylvan Rocks.

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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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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!

Everything Is Included

  • Shoes

    Shoes

  • Rope

    Rope

  • Helmet

    Helmet

  • Harness

    Harness

  • Anchor Gear

    Anchor Gear

  • Knowledge

    Knowledge

Our Friends

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

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