Four Places to Rock in Southwest Missouri


Learn the ropes of the trade at Zenith Climbing Gym

Before you dive headfirst, it’s a good idea to learn the basics at Zenith Climbing Gym. (3534 E, rue Sunshine # 3, Springfield). No previous experience is necessary and qualified professionals can help you with their training and systems area. Not only will you learn a lot, but you can also prepare to climb real rocks in their gear store. Call 417-986-3869 for more information.

Try your new skills at Peter’s Branch

Peter’s Branch is a boulder climbing suitable for beginners. Located outside of Sparta, Missouri in the Mark Twain National Forest, this climb has many unique features. The small rocks make this the perfect place to test your skills without the high stakes of a dangerous climb. Climbers can also explore the cave, turtle head, and the alley. Take US-60 E to MO-34 E to Silva.

Make it a weekend at the Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (HC 70, 261, Jasper) has a wide variety of climbing options for beginners and experienced climbers, with guides for beginners and via ferrata climbing for older people looking for an adrenaline rush. Spend a weekend at the ranch enjoying horseback riding, ziplining, and shooting. Call 800-480-9635 for more information.

Put your experience to the test at Stack Rock

This advanced option is intended for the most experienced climbers. Stack Rock has walls facing in all directions and routes for sport and equipment-based climbs. Although more difficult than other climbs, reaching the top of this 360 degree rock offers views that make the hard work of the climb worth it. To find it, follow US-65 S to State Hwy 74 to Searcy Hwy 12.