It might feel like a let down to be driven indoors from Eldo or the Flatirons.
But it’s no reason to get too bummed. This town has one of the best indoor climbing scenes around.
Whether you want to hit the bouldering scene at the Spot or squeeze in an auto-belay sesh at the Boulder Rock Club, you’re covered when it’s too hot or too cold to climb outside.
One of the best ways to score some climbing deals around town is to join the CU Alpine Club. Members get discounts at three of Boulder’s gyms (Movement, the BRC and the Spot), plus Neptune Mountaineering and Outdoor Divas. The club plans trips to climbing destinations around the state most weekends. Go to colorado.edu/studentgroups/alpineclub for more info.
Rates shown are for students.
1 The Spot Bouldering Gym
3240 Prairie Ave.
Returning students might be in for a shocker when they walk back into the Spot this fall. The mostly-bouldering gym turned itself upside down after the Battle in the Bubble competition at the Boulder Reservoir in May (remember that for next May), moving the new comp walls in and rearranging the others.
The result? New fun at the Spot.
For some bonus antics at the Spot, try the slackline. It’s the only gym in town where you can learn to balance on the line — while watching the regulars attempt outrageous tricks.
For: Bouldering, slacklining.
Cost: Drop-in $15; monthly membership starts at $43 per month; 10-punch cards $129
Info: thespotgym.com, 303-379-8806
2 Boulder Rock Club
2829 Mapleton Ave.
The BRC is a deal. They have low rates and everything you need — bouldering, roped climbing and auto belays (for a solo mission).
The BRC also has a weight room and fitness classes. In fact, be warned: The fitness classes are some of the toughest conditioning sessions in town. They don’t call it the “Cry in the Dojo” series for nothing.
Joint membership with the Spot is available, too.
For: Climbing with a friend or solo and fitness.
Cost: Drop in $12; monthly membership starts at $45 per month (for 2 years); 10-punch pass $100; three months $150
Info: totalclimbing.com, 303-447-2804
3 Movement Climbing and Fitness
2845 Valmont Road
The latest addition to Boulder’s gym scene, Movement boasts the town’s highest indoor walls — and stadium seating from which to people-watch.
If you’re not giving those viewers something spicy to look at, Movement has bouldering, too, plus a weight room and a slew of fitness classes.
A few stand-out offerings: It’s the only climbing gym that offers indoor cycling classes, and their wide variety of daily yoga classes includes Aero Yoga (for those who like being slightly airborne).
For: All-around climbing, plus spinning and yoga.
Cost: Drop in $12; monthly starts at $62; 10-punch pass $110; three months $170
Info: movementboulder.com, 303-443-1505
4 Colorado Athletic Training School
2400 30th St.
CATS is where a lot of the big guns of bouldering go to train. No climbing ropes here — CATS is mostly a gymnastics facility, but it is also home to an intense collection of bouldering walls designed for upper-level training. S
tick with it and you’ll get strong so fast you’ll forget that you wanted your mommy on your first visit.
For: Bouldering V-hard.
Cost: $5 drop in; $30 monthly; 10-punch pass $45
Info: catsgym.com, 303-939-9699