5 Cool Rock Climbing Spots in Texas

5 Cool Rock Climbing Spots in Texas


With the incredible diversity of Texas’ landscape, it’s no surprise that the Lone Star State makes for some of the most beautiful climbs. Texas is home to many magnificent climbing structures, from mountainous state parks to truly enchanted natural areas. Here are five cool rock climbing spots to check out in Texas!

1. Franklin Mountains State Park

The Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, Texas, is known for its hiking, biking, and rock climbing. Situated on 27,000 acres, the park has over 100 trail miles. Climbing is limited to the McKelligon Canyon or Sneed’s Cory. Make sure to bring your own equipment and $5 to cover the daily entrance fee.

2. Eisenhower State Park

Eisenhower State Park in Denison, Texas, is known for its mix of sandstone and limestone—both soft stones that can easily break. Therefore, it is recommended that only experienced climbers interested in pushing him or herself make the trip. But for those that are willing to brave this mostly bouldering park, the feeling of accomplishment is exhilarating. 

3. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Referred to as “Magical, mystical, enchanted,” the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is home to a pink granite dome that has been around for thousands of years. Today, the dome attracts hikers, backpackers, campers, rock climbers, and stargazers. Rock climbers, make sure to check in at park headquarters and bring $7 for the daily fee. 

4. Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway

Close to Fort Worth, Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway is in Mineral Wells, Texas. It is a fantastic spot for camping, hiking, biking, geocaching, and horseback riding, in addition to climbing. Check in at headquarters before going to Penitentiary Hollow, one of a precious few natural rock climbing spots in North Texas. Only bouldering is allowed at the park.

5. Milton Reimers Ranch Park

Milton Reimers Ranch Park in Dripping Springs, Texas, is considered the “crown jewel of central Texas limestone climbing” by Texas Climbing Adventures. Other activities include mountain biking, swimming, fishing, hiking, and trail riding. For the locals, Reimers Ranch is the go-to spot.