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Shared By: Nathan Hill on Oct 20, 2007
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Denver City Parks has completely out done themselves!

With the opening of the new Central Park came a new bouldering area. There is a 30 foot long 8-12 foot tall artificial rock wall that is padded at the bottom with fall cushioning wood chips. I have not been rock climbing for very long and broke my ankle, I have been using this area to make sure that my foot is strong enough to go back out to the cliffs. I do not know much about bouldering, so I can not comment on the difficulty, but there is plenty to make you sweat!

Getting There

Central Park is located east of Quebec on Martin Luther King Blvd. in the new Stapleton area. There is no approach other than the 30 seconds it takes to walk from the parking lot. I know this might not be the best thing out there for climbers, but it is awesome for me to run out to on my lunch hour and get in a quick climb. For all you fanatics living in the downtown area who are always frustrated with the travel times to scratch that itch, this is the perfect answer.

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Brendan Leonard
Denver, Hollarado
Brendan Leonard   Denver, Hollarado
Hey, this place is pretty legit, if you don't mind bouldering while a bunch of kids are playing around next to you. I think the traverse is around V2, at least as far as I could flounder across it. The boulders were made by Monolithic, in Boulder, who makes some pretty cool stuff. I wrote a short piece on my blog: denver.yourhub.com/DenverNo… Nov 7, 2007
An island in the sea of: $999 fine & 180 days in jail!

(btw - another good article Bren) Nov 7, 2007
evergreen , co.
ropeless420   evergreen , co.
What is Mark talking about? Explain please? Nov 9, 2007
Mike Morin
Glen, NH
Mike Morin   Glen, NH
It is illegal to climb anything in City of Denver Parks, the fine in $999 and/or 180 days in jail. Nov 12, 2007
So they built this, but it's illegal to climb on? Can or can't you climb here legally?

Has anyone been ticketed or know of confrontation? Are there signs that say no bouldering or climbing on the climbing structure? Aug 11, 2009
Mike Morin
Glen, NH
Mike Morin   Glen, NH
It's in the middle of a play ground, it's legal to climb on. Aug 31, 2009
Brother Numsie
Brother Numsie   AnCapistan
I wonder if this sets up a precedent we could exploit. But then Denver denies Sanctuary status and just flat out ignores the voters with the tow-away bill, so law is an arbitrary matter. I guess that makes them a regime. Aug 31, 2009
David Eric Harnish
Boulder, CO
David Eric Harnish   Boulder, CO
Visited this area today...tons and tons of kids... like Brendan said, really cool formation, but I couldn't take it seriously with all those little buggers!... I'm 25, not an old man or one to dislike children, but this is a playground! Jan 25, 2010
The left kneebar to tongue grab to right kneebar in the first photo above is not to be missed - probably V4 and an area classic!
Hazards include: landing on small children as well as that highly uncomfortable feeling of being the only adult on a playground. May 17, 2011
Chris Barker
Denver, CO
Chris Barker   Denver, CO
You can climb here. On the Stapleton website under the top 12 things to do, it lists the following as number 6.

6. Stapleton has a skate park, dog park, climbing wall, and sledding hill. Plus, four neighborhood pools, 25 miles of trails, 24 parks, and one spectacular community garden. View amenities map.

The wall is obviously a playground type structure. The law that Mike refers to is probably intended to cover naturally occurring rock or structures/buildings that are not intended to be climbed on.

Like Brendan said, you just have to deal with all the kids. Mar 28, 2012
Noah Yetter
Lakewood, CO
Noah Yetter   Lakewood, CO
Note that these boulders face southwest and become untouchably hot on summer afternoons. Sep 27, 2015
Dean Moriarty   Provo
This place is so rad. My buddy and I hit up the playground right after he picked up from the Denver airport. With kids running around and adults giving us odd looks, we decided to get a good warm up. The holds are pretty legit and a real challenge. Mar 22, 2016
Brad Williams
Golden, CO
Brad Williams   Golden, CO
I have only been climbing/bouldering for a couple months now and am currently laid up with a sprained ankle thanks to a funky fall bouldering. This place seems pretty ideal for testing out my ankle when I'm ready. Can anyone speak to the landing area? Are crash pad(s) still needed? May 21, 2016
Ken McVicker
Aurora, CO
Ken McVicker   Aurora, CO
I have bouldered here a few times but not for the past 3 years. It does get really hot in the summer, burn your hand hot. Morning in the summer would be best or fall, winter, or spring. The landing is in wood bark. Plan on wearing shoes or flip-flops the whole time, and be ready to pick bark out of your shoes. If I remember, one side is a bit more shadier, but the routes were not great. Kids would come over try a move, then go back to the playground. I was pretty much left alone the few times I climbed here. Jun 8, 2016
sean barb
winston salem, north carolina,
sean barb   winston salem, north carolina,
I visited these park boulders while riding bikes with my kids, and we had a great time. For park/playground boulders, these are pretty legit. Given Denver traffic, these boulders offer a nice option for the time crunched climber. Mar 23, 2017