A Guide To Rock Climbing In North Texas

October 19, 2010 2:04 PM

Texas is a state that practically begs residents to take advantage of its vast outdoors for fitness or fun. More and more Texans, particularly those living in North Texas, are searching for alternative forms of exercise. Rock climbing has increased in popularity and there are a handful of resources in the city to help climbers, from amateur to professional, pursue this hobby. These places serve as a guide to rock climbing to DFW. – Meredith Barnhill 


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Rock climbing lessons are available at REI. (credit: REI.com)



4515 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 490-5989

Want to start climbing, but don’t have the gear? The knowledgeable staff at REI can help you out. This chain store specializes in equipping customers for the outdoors and offers a full range of climbing gear. They even have equipment specially sized for kids, so the entire family can enjoy an excursion in the mountains. Along with equipment, the REI store in Dallas has a small indoor climbing wall if you’re unsure about a climbing hobby. They offer beginning climbing classes with certified instructors and host climbing competitions for the more competitive climbers.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Learning to climb at Dallas Rocks. (credit: dallasclimbing.com)


Dallas Rocks

9201 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 231–7625

If you want all the experience of climbing, but don’t want to purchase your equipment, Dallas Rocks has facilities and equipment for you. Dallas Rocks is set up like a traditional gym, but with workout equipment geared toward climbers, not to mention the impressive climbing surfaces (over 14,000 square feet, according to their website). Monthly membership fees give climbers unlimited access to surfaces and equipment, as well as pricing discounts on gear. They offer day passes, kids passes and activities for groups and parties, in addition to yoga classes, outdoor guiding trips and lock-ins. Dallas Rocks is also host to the Southern Rock Climbing Team, which regularly participates in climbing tournaments.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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One of the walls at Exposure Rock Climbing. (credit: exposurerockclimbing.com)


Exposure Rock Climbing

2389B Midway Road
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 732-0307

Exposure Rock Climbing offers indoor climbing that has new climbing routes every week. Climbers don’t have to commit to a full 30 days of climbing and can opt to pay by the day or get a punch card that offers ten trips to the facilities and doesn’t expire until all the spots have been used. Exposure Rock Climbing has free climbing classes every Wednesday and books parties and group events. They even have special discounted events for students, since rock climbing can get pricey. For those who want to climb outdoors, but don’t have the space, Exposure rents out its portable climbing wall for events or team building activities.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.