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1 Lead Organization

  • Texas Mountaineers is the lead local organization in DFW for recreational rock climbing. They conduct both classes and climbing events.

2 Rock Climbing Safety & Resources

  • Climbing is inherently dangerous, especially on natural surfaces.
  • Steel versus Aluminum Caribeeners
  • Local Council Resources
  • BSA Council Certification Reciprocity
  • Checking out Gear from Circle Ten Council
  • Checking out Gear from Longhorn Council

3 COPE Courses and Climbing at Scout Facilities

Circle Ten Council

Longhorn Council

Other Councils

4 Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms in DFW

Tarrant County

  • Summit Fort Worth • 2828 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107 • 682-708-3359 •
  • Summit Grapevine • 1040 Mustang Drive, Grapevine, Texas 76051 • 817-421-3888 •

Denton County

  • Summit Denton • 220 West Oak Street, Denton, Texas 76201 • 940-808 1107 •

Collin County

  • Summit Plano • 525 Talbert Dr., Plano, TX 75093 • 972-599 0865 •
  • Canyons Climbing Gym • 7164 Technology Drive, Suite 202, Frisco, Texas 75033 • 214-872-2992 •
  • Wylie Recreation Center • 300 Country Club Rd., Building 200, Wylie, Texas 75098 • 972-516-6340 • • Climbing Wall.

Dallas County

  • Oso Climbing Gyms • 1330 Conant St. Dallas, Texas 75207 • 844-OSO-GYMS / 844-676-4967 •
  • SMU Climbing Wall • Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, Southern Methodist University, 6000 Bush Ave., Dallas, Texas 75205 • 214-768-9917.
  • REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75244 • 972-490-5989 • An indoor climbing wall, not a gym, check schedule
  • Silos Climbing Project • 1003 4th Ave, Carrollton, Texas 75006 • 214-222-9218 • • Old Town Carrollton grain silos.
  • Summit Carrollton •2389 Midway Road Suite B, Carrollton, Texas 75006 • 972-732-0307 •
  • Summit Dallas • 9201 Forest Lane Suite 200, Dallas, Texas 75243 • 972-231-7625 •

Other Unusual Climbing Gyms

  • Summit OKC • 200 SE 4th St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73129 • 405-673-7448 • Climbing both inside and outside of grain silos with views of downtown Oklahoma City.

5 Outdoor Rock Climbing

5.1 Brazos Prairie

  • Tonkawa Falls (private) • Highway 185 toward Crawford, TX 76638 • 254-744-6076
  • Lake Whitney • FM 1244 on Lake Whitney, Whitney, TX 76692 • 254-694-3793 • • Diagonal Crack (5.7 level), Gravity Sack (5.11 level) Nikki’s Flake (5.10 level). Some of these sites may be accessed by hiking, but it is often easier to do a little rafting to make it to these climb-worthy landmarks.
  • Paradise on the Brazos (private)
  • Possum Kingdom Lake State Park • P.O. Box 70, Park Road 33, Caddo, Texas 76429 • 940-549-1803 • Better suited to experienced climbers
  • Eisenhower State Park • 50 Park Road 20, Denison, TX 75020 • 903-465-1956 • bouldering on the lake shore just in front of steeper ascents. Nice view of Lake Texoma.

5.2 Oklahoma

There are four classic rock climbing destinations in Oklahoma:

5.3 Southwest Arkansas

Lots in mountains, including west Ouachita Mountains.

  • Lake Ouachita Cliffs: Do not know if you will get in trouble, but it is climbing up from the lake
  • Mount Magazine State Park: is the most developed site in Arkansas with 90 routes. Near Paris, Booneville & Waldron, Arkansas north of central Ouachita Forest. Also good bouldering at DeSoto, an hour south of Mt. Magazine.
  • Y City & Mill Creek: on private property of the Y City Inn, so you will have to ask permission.
  • Y City: You can hike up the back to set up a top rope. Not far to the northeast of east end of Ouachita Trail west 1/4. 15 miles south of Waldron on Hwy 71.
  • Mill Creek: next door to the Y City rock on the same property.
  • Earthquake Ridge: 3 miles north of Mena on the Talimena scenic drive. Just pull off to the side into the dirt parking lot and hike to the rock. Owned by Ouachita NF.
  • Fiddler Rock: Owned by Ouachita NF. )On the Ouachita Trail (within sight of it if foliage not block the view) a couple hundred yards west of FS Road 274. Access via Hwy 270, Hwy 88, FS 274 to where it crosses Ouachita Trail.
  • Secret Rock: Location not disclosed, but close in this area.
  • Eagle Rock Loop Hiking Trail
  • Little Missouri: Owned by Ouachita NF. Near Little Missouri Falls access road. On the Little Missouri trail a few hundred yards south of the picnic area.
  • Albert Pike: The rock bluffs overlooking Albert Pike Recreation Area. Take the Little Missouri Trail southwest. Owned by the Ouachita NF.
  • Cossatot: Just a couple miles from the Caney Creek trailhead. Owner is Ouachita NF.

5.4 Texas Hill Country

There is a lot of great climbing in the Hill Country of Central Texas, including within the city limits of Austin. Rather than trying to curate a discussion of rock climbing there from several hours away, we will just point you to local resources there.

  • Miller Springs below Lake Belton dam at Temple
  • Roger's Park, Belton - bouldering, no direct sunlight
  • Georgetown Riverside Sanctuary
  • Georgetown Blue Hole Swimming Hole - Bouldering above it
  • Reimer's Fishing Ranch
  • Pace Bend Park on Lake Travis, Austin
  • Lake Travis below Indian Flats
  • Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin south of River along MoPac
  • Bull Creek
  • McKinney Falls State Park on Onion Creek, east Austin in town

And this does not even reach to San Antonio

5.5 West Texas

  • Big Bend
  • Fort Davis
  • Continental Ranch
  • Pecos River Gorge

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