The Vaqueros Sandstone outcrops in Castle Rock State Park have been used for climbing for over 100 years, with a dramatic increase in use in the past decade. The sandstone’s relatively hard exterior and the unique cavernous weathering (tafoni) make these rocks very desirable for rock climbing and bouldering. The rocks in the park represent a unique, limited, and very valuable resource to the climbing community. As a result of changes in rock climbing and increasing numbers of climbers, the Castle Rock Climbers Committee, consisting of volunteers from the local climbing community, works with California State Parks in dealing with park climbing issues. Climbers who have concerns about climbing issues within the park should contact the park for current policies or for questions. The basic philosophy of the climbing community is “Low Impact Climbing”. For more on Low Impact Climbing, click here.
Rock Climbing classes at all levels are available from our partners at REI and other professional outdoor adventure outfits such as adventureout.com, Castle Rock Climbing School, Outdoor Adventure Club, Treks and Tracks, and others.
Map of Popular Climbing areas in Castle Rock State Park
Climbing Rocks in Castle Rock State Park