Rock Climbing

Arkansas Rock Climbing and Ozark Mountains Rock Climbing

If extreme is what you're after we have just the thing for you. The scenic Ozark Mountains are a rock climbers paradise with many challenging faces for the climber to scale.

These climbs are not for the faint of heart as you climb for the skies where only the American Bald Eagle dares to soar. But once you rise to the challenge and reach the peak, you get that overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and the breathtaking Ozark Mountains reward you with the most spectacular views of the peaks and valleys Northwest Arkansas has to offer.  There are far too many rock faces both climbed and unclimbed to name, but below you will find a brief list of popular rock climbs in the Ozarks.

Popular Climbing Locations

Sam's Throne

Location: From Harrison Arkansas, take US 65 East, turn slight right onto US-62/US-412/US-65/, continue to follow US-65, turn right onto AR 123 to Mt. Judea

Sam's Throne is one of the oldest climbing areas found in the Ozarks. The climbs range from short bouldering to 60' - 75' pitches. Sam's Throne is perfect for beginners, while most routes are in the 5.7 to 5.10 ranges and are easily top roped. They say in the 1820's, a buffalo hunter named Sam Davis, who was in search of his sister who he claimed had been kidnapped by Indians, climbed the sandstone outcrop and preached sermons to the settlers who lived below. Davis claimed to have gold hidden on his rock and blocked the path to the formation to keep out thieves. This is how the rock got its name, Sam's Throne.

Cave Creek Canyon

Leaving Harrison on South Highway 65, 5 miles to intersection US 62, take US 62 through Yellville, Cotter, & Gassville into Mountain Home.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Location: 19 miles south of Harrison on Scenic 7 Byway, turn on Hwy 74 W in Jasper and follow until you see the Horseshoe Canyon Ranch sign.
Phone: 1-800-480-9635
Web site:

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is a 350 acre ranch and is sure to cater to your climbing expectations. It has approximately 300 bolted routes for you to choose. They offer classic traditional routes and some of the best cracking climbing in Arkansas. You don't have to be a professional rock climber to visit the ranch; they have beginner routes and climbing instruction for your safety. The ranch hosts over 150 routes, and also offer guest ranch packages including horseback riding, canoeing, shooting, cookouts, disc golf, lodging, and climbing.


Elevate Sports Gym

Location: 805 Cottonwood Rd
Harrison, AR 72601
Phone: 479-422-5148

Harrison's premier indoor facility with fun for all ages! Elevate Sports Gym offers five hundred square feet of indoor climbing space, obstacles, monkey bars, calisthenics training, American Ninja Warrior Obstacles, and body-weight challenges. Beginners are welcome and no experience is required.

Daily, monthly and annual passes available as well as school, church, birthday and other group rates and packages.



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