Black Hills Climbers Coalition


Rock Climbing Gyms

Rapid City Athletic ClubDaily walk ins welcome.

Coming at the end of April - High Mountain Climbing Gym in Spearfish

Climbing Guide Services

Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide ServiceDevils Tower Rock Climbing Guides

Climbing Guidebooks

The Needles of Rushmore.  Andrew Busse and Andrew Burr.  Fixed Pin Publishing, 2012.  ISBN 978-0-9819016-4-0.

Spearfish Canyon, The VC & Other Black Hills Limestone.  Mikel Cronin.  Sharp End Publishing, 2012.  ISBN 978-1-892540-75-1.

South Dakota Needles:  The Adventure Climbs of Herb and Jan Conn.  Lindsay Stephens.  Sharp End Publishing, 2008.  ISBN 978-1-892540-56-0. 

Devils Tower National Monument Climbing Handbook.  Lindsay Guilmette.  Devil's Tower National History Assoc.  2004.  ISBN 1-880667-01-7.

The Needles - A Climbers Guide to the Black Hills Needles.  Zach Orenczak and RachAel Lynn.  Published by Extreme Angles, 2006.  ISBN 978-0974653280.

Devils Tower Climbing.  Zach Orenczak and Rachael Lynn.  Published by Extreme Angles, 2006.  ISBN 978-0974653273.

Recommended Climbing Routes in the Needles of Custer State Park in The Black Hills of South Dakota - by John Page - Available from Sylvan Rocks

Mount Rushmore National Monument Climbers Guide by Vernon R Phinney - available at Granite Sports

Rock Climbing Guide to Spearfish Canyon Limestone in the Black Hills of South Dakota by Bruce Junek - available

Climbing Gear

Granite Sports in Hill City on Main Street - (605) 574-2121

High Mountain Outfitters, Spearfish (605) 717-2982  and Custer (605) 673-4050

Land Managers

Please know where you are climbing and respect the rules of each area - a short over view can be found here.

Black Hills National Forest - Manages Spearfish Canyon, parts of the Rushmore Climbing Area, The Black Elk Wilderness Climbing, Norbeck Wildlife Area Climbing. 

Mount Rushmore National Memorial- Manages most of the Rushmore Climbing Area.

Devils Tower National Monument  - Manages Devils Tower Climbing

Custer State Park - Manages the climbing at Sylvan Lake, along Needles Highway, Cathedral Spires and everything else in Custer State Park.