Rock climbing is increasingly popular among outdoor enthusiasts and extreme sport practitioners. Technical advances in equipment and climbing techniques have made it popular to climb ever-steeper rock faces. Along with breathtaking scenery, America’s national parks provide some of the best rock climbing available in the world.
While rock climbing is possible in many areas across the United States, the best rock climbing requires steep cliffs and high altitude. Not surprisingly, many rock climbing locations are located in the western part of the country, where the rugged Rockies are a prominent feature of the natural landscape.
1. Joshua Tree National Park, California
There are more than 4,500 established rock climbing routes contained within the 100,000 acres of Joshua Tree National Park. More than 1,000,000 people visit Joshua Tree every year, producing trash and contributing to vegetation damage and soil erosion. Nonetheless, park rangers are committed to maximizing the enjoyment of all visitors to the park, including rock climbers.