This website is intended for land managers, advocates, researchers and planners interested in managing rock climbing areas. This site contains sample documents, contact information of experts across the country, existing planning documents, research and other valuable resources related to the management of rock climbing.

Climbing Policies

Current climbing policies and management plans organized by state can be found here:  Climbing Information and Management Plans.

A quick view of plans with effective partnerships between climbers and land managers can be found here:  Best Practices 


The Issues and Research tab has a large selection of research papers divided into three categories: Resource Issues, Social Issues, and Economics.

Land managers and other interested parties can use this information to learn about the potential effects of outdoor recreation and specifically climbing.

The research will be relevant to anyone interested in the effects of climbing on an area.
 Climbing Management 
There have two Climbing Management Summits to date, bringing together land managers and field-level personnel who are involved in recreation and climbing policy to discuss climbing management practices with the goals of implementing best practices and increasing consistency while meeting land managers obligations. The resources from previous summits can be accessed on the Summits page.