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Sylvan Rocks Climbing School

Hill City, SD 57730
+1 605-484-7585
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Exhilarating Fun Bucket List Fulfilling Day

What a fun day. Chris was an excellent guide who spent time with us to understand what we wanted... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dave E
Suamico, Wisconsin
via mobile
An amazing 6 hours rock climbing!

I have been climbing in a gym (top roping and sport lead climbing) for the last 2 and a half years... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ottawa, Canada
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Don't let you Black Hills vacation be boring. Go rock climbing with us! Adventures for ages 5+(with a participating adult). No experience needed. All rock climbing gear is supplied. Join us at Custer State Park, South Dakota. Call for a reservation and we will meet you at Sylvan Lake for your guided rock climbing tour. Locations at Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower, WY for more experienced climbers. Please reserve as far in advance as possible so that we can best plan to serve you.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Hill City, SD 57730
+1 605-484-7585
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a fun day. Chris was an excellent guide who spent time with us to understand what we wanted out of the day. We practiced and got comfortable with gear and shoes for about an hour The on to the climb. About 300 feet up...More

Thank Dave E
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been climbing in a gym (top roping and sport lead climbing) for the last 2 and a half years and just recently started climbing outside. While planning a 4-week summer road trip through many states, including South Dakota, I booked a private 6-hour...More

Thank Nathalie_and_Denis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family had never climbed outdoors before. Only on an indoor rock wall. This was a great place to learn and climb. We chose the private climbing (6 hour rock climbing course) and were able to climb as much as we wanted. Daryl and Chris...More

Thank amaurer15
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a fantastic day with the Sylvan Rocks team. Taylor was a great guide, working well with my 7 yo and got us some great views from some of the peaks in Custer State park.

Thank Julie N
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Can't say enough good things about our climbing experience. Our guide (Shankar) was patient, professional and very personable. Really wonderful experience, and now I want to come back next year with my kids to climb in South Dakota (with Sylvan, of course).

Thank baralurgess
Reviewed 25 July 2017

I had an incredible experience with Sylvan Rocks Climbing School. From the first phone conversation with Daryl booking the climb, to the repel down from the top of Devil's Tower, everything went very smoothly. From beginning to end, dealing with Sylvan Rocks was easy and...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We tried the 4-hour Discover Climbing as something new. My children, 5 & 8, had the best time. There was another family with a younger girl, too. The guides were great at teaching the basics to get you started and helping you find footing on...More

Thank RoadTrippingGal
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

We took our 10and 12 yr old grandsons on vacation to the Black Hills area. Our first time rock climbing ( Nana and Papa are 57). Our guide Nick was so great with us all. A great adventure for all ages!

Thank Kizeka
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

At ages 62 and 57, there was a bit of "nervous excitement" in spending the day rock climbing, but the 25 year old in the group was rarin' to go. We could not have been happier with Sylvan Rocks, and in particular, our guide, Chris!...More

Thank 4548ring
Reviewed 16 July 2017

My son and I had been climbing indoors for nearly a year and were looking to climb real rock. We'd heard about Sylvan Rocks on earlier visits to the Black Hills and signed up with them for two 6-hour guided sessions. The first day we...More

Thank Martin C
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