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Individual permits are available year-round at the park office. Weekends in May and daily Memorial Day through mid-October, permits are also available at the visitor center. Individual climbing permits are also available at the self pay kiosk near the visitor center.
Commercial Rock Climbing Permits (free):
Organized groups are required to obtain a new commercial climbing permit each year. This requires submitting a certificate of insurance with required liability limits and naming the State Of Minnesota as an additional insured party. Application forms are available by calling the park office at 651-539-4500. Requests for new commercial climbing permits should be submitted at least seven days prior to the climbing event to allow time to process the permit request.
Rock climbing is mostly located in the Interstate State Park. This 300-acre area is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is one of the four state parks specifically designated for rock climbing activities. Interstate Park sees a lot of traffic; upwards of 370,000 annual visitors come out to check out the geologic wonders at the park. It's not unusual to be applauded by a large crowd when one finishes a climb in the Tourist Area. Climbers are required to obtain a climbing permit free of charge from the Park Ranger station, and must carry it with them while climbing. The permits are valid for the calendar year.
Interstate Park is a traditional climbing and bouldering area; there are no bolted sport routes.
Head north on I-35E or I-35W (depending on where you are on the cities), continue on I-35 heading north to Duluth. Take US-8 (exit 132) and follow US-8 east towards Taylors Falls approximately 16 miles. At the bottom of a prominent hill is a stop sign. Turn right in to the Interstate Park parking lot. If you get to the bridge over the St. Croix, you've passed the entrance. If you see the welcome to Wisconsin sign... you are on your own.
From Duluth (and points north)
Head south on I-35 towards Minneapolis/St Paul. Take US-8 (exit 132) and follow US-8 east towards Taylors Falls approximately 16 miles. At the bottom of a prominent hill is a stop sign. Turn right in to the Interstate Park parking lot. If you get to the bridge over the St. Croix, you've passed the entrance. If you see the welcome to Wisconsin sign... you are on your own.
From St. Cloud (and points west)
Head east on MN-95, stay on MN-95 until you get to Taylors Falls.
Classic Climbing Routes at Interstate SP (Taylors Falls)
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