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Address: Hill City, SD 57730
Phone Number: +1 605-484-7585
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Don't let you Black Hills vacation be boring. Go rock climbing with us!...

Don't let you Black Hills vacation be boring. Go rock climbing with us! Adventures for ages 5+(with a participating adult). No experience needed. All rock climbing gear is supplied. Join us at Custer State Park, South Dakota. Call for a reservation and we will meet you at Sylvan Lake for your guided rock climbing tour. Locations at Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower, WY for more experienced climbers.

Please reserve as far in advance as possible so that we can best plan to serve you.

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Amazing Way to Experience the Natural Beauty of the Black Hills!

I wanted to give my 2 older teenaged kids a memorable experience while we vacationed in the Black Hills, and they got it with Sylvan Rocks Climbing School! I hiked back to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2011
St. Charles IL
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St. Charles IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2011

I wanted to give my 2 older teenaged kids a memorable experience while we vacationed in the Black Hills, and they got it with Sylvan Rocks Climbing School! I hiked back to the rocks with the group and took lots of pics while they climbed for about 2 hours. Reggie, our guide, was an incredibly nice guy, very encouraging and... More 

Thank creekwalk17
Shell Lake, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

My wife and I (some climbing experience) did the Discovery Program behind Sylvan Lake with a mother and her two daughters (8 & 11) - none with climbing experience. Tony was our guide and did a superb job of meeting individual needs. Basic skills were taught (reviewed) and four different courses of varying challenge were set up. You can't miss... More 

Thank Roger S
Evanston, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2011

I have been researching where to get an introductory course on rock climbing for a couple of years now and I finally discovered Sylvan Rocks Climbing School on my recent trip to South Dakota. My only regret is that I waited until age 56 to have this very extraordinary adventure. My instructor, Chris, made this an extremely positive experience for... More 

Thank quietknight2
Rapid City, South Dakota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2011

August 29th, 2011 This was our second time up with Sylvan and this time our guide was Chris. It was obvious that he was tremendously experienced as well as personable. Our party consisted of myself, my 14 year old daughter, and my ten year old son. Chris did a superb job of helping my son make it to the top... More 

Thank david b
Blaine, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

My husband and I spent 8 hours climbing with our own guide (Chris). It was incredible. Our guide was excellent at evaluating our abilities and providing helpful instruction. As first-timers, we felt perfectly safe but also challenged. I strongly recommend this operation (and Chris) to anyone brave enough to give this a try!!

Thank AdventureMags
Appleton, wi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

What a great day. My husband and 13 yr old son couldn't stop talking about it since they got back. Both were beginners and the instructerwas very patient and elpful. They had awonderful day and unforgetable experience. A memory to last a lifetime.

Thank smileyface21
West Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

Daryl, Chase, and Cheyenne did a great job in teaching the necessary skills to rock climb. They are calm and precise, instilling confidence in everyone in our group (our 8 year old boy wanted to go up as many times as possible and his eleven year old sister didn't want to be left behind). Rock climbing at Sylvan Lake was... More 

Thank THVolpone
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

When we decided to go to South Dakota, I was anticipating car rides to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse and not much else. When we arrived at Custer State Park, we learned of the Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and booked a morning for our family. We have an 8 and 6 year old, as well as the two of us.... More 

Thank janice f
Rapid City, South Dakota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

My son and I enjoyed the trip, I was not sure I wanted to go rock climbing and it turns out I did a lot better than I thought and enjoyed the adventure even more than my son did. Reaching the top of the climb for the first time was an exciting feeling and looking back down it was hard... More 

Thank Christy57701
Parkland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

We were a group of 8 with 4 kids between 6 and 9. They were great with the kids. Good equipment. Challenging enought for us 40 something year olds.

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