The Black Hills offer abundant
opportunities for rock climbers. Two of the most common types of
climbing are the granite spires in the central hills and the limestone
cliffs throughout the hills.
Rock Climbing & Ice Climbing
Climbing is one of the most popular adventure sports in the Black Hills.
Much of it is centered in the Keystone area with the Needles area being
one of the most popular climbing locals.
Mountaineers say most Black Hills climbs
are short, but very difficult. Free climbing is popular here because the
natural granite, though sharp and abrasive, is almost always sound. The
premier climb is the 865-foot-high of Devil's Tower which has more than
80 routes to the
In the Needles-Sylvan Lake area of Custer
State Park there are nearly a thousand granite spires with the tallest
having assents of 300-feet or more. For more information see "Climbing
the Needles -- Touch the Sky" published by the American Alpine Club.
One noteworthy climb close to Keystone
is the "Little Devil's Tower" in Custer State Park. For novices there's
even a rock climbing school located in Hill City.
Climbs up various limestone cliff faces are also popular throughout the Black Hills.
For more about rock and ice climbing click HERE.