This course is designed for those who would like to experience rock climbing and rappelling and have the maximum amount of fun and excitement in one day!

Our instructors will do all the belaying and anchor setups so you can focus on the thrill of ascending and descending some of the most enjoyable and easy rock climbing routes and thrilling rappelling sites in the scenic Sonoran Desert!

Come by yourself or bring a group of friends and experience this amazing sport for the first time! A day of 'top rope' or ‘single pitch’ climbing to about 100 feet high doing single climbs and then being lowered back down to the ground. You'll also rappel, starting at the top and lowering yourself down the rope while being belayed by the guide. The day consists of accomplishing climbs that you feel comfortable doing and learning about climbing safety, rappelling, equipment, climbing ethics, and wilderness “Leave No Trace” skills.

Be prepared for a long day as well as a complete mental and physical workout in the great outdoors! All equipment is provided.



..$175.00 per person (1-Day Course)
..Dates ..See Schedule Below
..Class Size ..Minimum 2 - Maximum 6 per Instructor
..Discounts ..REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $10 Off
..Ages ..12 and Up
..Equipment ..Included (rock shoes, harness, etc.) except daypack
..Location ..McDowell Mountains / Queen Creek / Prescott
..Times ..6:00 am - Summer / 7:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring
..Written Test
..Course Info ..Call Us

Our instructors are all active climbers, kayakers and backpackers.
Our staff are among the best in the Southwest.
They become full instructors after one year of rigorous training, testing and field work during which they learn ACAS's safety procedures, curriculum, process, technical standards, interpersonal/educational methods, and low impact backcountry techniques.

The majority are former instructors or graduates of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and/or Outward Bound School! Their years of climbing and teaching have made them unequalled in safety and experience. Climbing and wilderness adventures are more than our business, it's our way of life!

The Grand Canyon State!
In Arizona, the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World exists among lush desert landscapes, crystal-clear waters and breathtaking mountain peaks. From small communities to one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Arizona offers travelers unique experiences packed with hospitality, adventure, and stunning sights.

Arizona is purported to have more exposed rock than any other state in the US. We have granite, dacite, basalt, limestone, gneiss, monzonite, welded tuff, and a thousand other kinds of the hard stuff.

From the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Paradise Forks in the north, to the crags of Granite Mountain, the Superstitions, and Queen Creek, and finally south to Mount Lemmon and Cochise Stronghold, we have it all! Cracks of all sizes, wide, thin, edges, pockets, jugs, sport, trad, bouldering, big walls, no approach, big hike...whatever you're psyched about! The one thing we're a little short on in most areas is crowds, but that's a good thing.

We also have the best year 'round climbing possibilities in the country with crags at just about every elevation imaginable. Between that and the large percentage of sunny days, there ain't a whole lot more you could ask for!

hi mark and staff!
How's it going?
I'm doing great. I had a few bruises and scrapes that I didn't notice until later but they're minor! The worst part was leaving Arizona! It was very cold here last week!
I had a great time on the course and even when you convert it to Canadian dollars it was money well spent! I've started looking into some clubs around here... the end of my hockey season is fast approaching. I thought your instruction was great and I definitely had a lot of attention! Chuck was also great at giving tips and moral support. There really isn't anything I would change about the course!

Depending on the season and the course, in Spring and Summer you need only bring shorts, t-shirt (backup sweatshirt), cap, daypack, running shoes and or light hiking boots, fastener if you wear glasses, sunblock, disposable camera and personal items.

For Fall and Winter you need to bring loose fitting pants or lycra tights, daypack, polartec type jacket, cap, and windbreaker. Bring your lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and a daypack (we can also rent you a daypack for $5 per person per day) to keep items together. If you have your own gear (shoes, harness, atc, etc.) - bring them. There are no restroom facilities at the climbing site.

*Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI).
REI members must show proof of membership to receive discounts.

**Bring-A-Friend (BAF) discounts apply to weekend courses only

*Monday - Friday Course Specials - BAF and REI discounts do not apply

The activities described on this web site carry a significant risk of personal injury or death. Rock climbing is inherently dangerous. The owners and staff of the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School do not recommend that anyone participate in these activities unless they seek qualified professional instruction and/or guidance, are knowledgeable about the risks involved, and are willing to personally assume all responsibility associated with those risks.

To sign up for a course call or email us to check availability. If a course is open click on the On-line Application Form or go to our application and map (meeting point) site, print out both the Application (PDF), Map and Waiver. Fill out the application and fax or mail it to us (don't fax the waiver, just bring it the day of your course).

Note: September thru April Trad Rock Climbing courses start at 7:30 a.m. at the designated pick-up point. Call us the day before your course starts to verify. Bring your own snacks, lunch, water, sunblock and wear appropriate clothing. Camera (disposable), writing pad and pen are recommended.

Please call us if the dates below do not work with your schedule
Summer courses are held near Flagstaff - we provide transportation from Scottsdale.
Note: Discounts only apply to scheduled dates below


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course cancellations
While it is unlikely, if the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School cancels a course due to insufficient reservations or conditions beyond our control (weather, etc.); alternate dates or refunds will be given as preferred. If you cancel within 14 days prior to your session, rescheduling your course can be expected. There are no refunds on gift certificates. If you fail to show at the designated meeting place at the appointed time you will be charged for the course - there are no exceptions. If you would like to reschedule within 48-hours of the course's starting date, you may do so. To receive a full monetary refund (minus a 20% handling fee), 14 days notice is required (expect a refund within 2 billing cycles or 60-days of your course date). You may also want to purchase travel insurance due to cancellations – click here for more information.

Although we spare no effort to assure a safe program, we can assume no responsibility for your safety or loss of personal equipment. In a sport of this nature an element of risk is inherent and beyond human control. A signed release (waiver) will be required of all participants. A parent or guardian release is required for students under the age of 18. These can be obtained in advance by contacting our office or downloading from our website.