Rock Climbing and Rappelling

at Elephant Rocks State Park


1. Technical climbing is permitted only in designated areas and only from October through April.
2. Rappelling is allowed by permit issued by the superintendent or designee only. This permit must be in your possession while rappelling and is only valid for 72 hours following issuance.
3. A maximum of ten (10) permits will be issued per day and a maximum of forty (40) permits per week.
4. Solo climbing is prohibited at all times.
5. Safety helmets are required. All climbing equipment must be U.I.A.A. (Union Internationale des Associations d’ Alpinisme) approved.
6. Pitons, bolts and/or other protection or anchoring devices that damage or disfigure the park resources are prohibited.
7. Trees or manmade structures may not be used as anchor points for belay ropes.
8. Failure to abide by these regulations will result in the loss of climbing privileges.
9. Unsupervised hanging ropes or other equipment are not permitted and may be confiscated.

All individuals 18 years of age or older must read and sign this permit in order to climb in Elephant Rocks State Park. Anyone under 18 years of age must have the signature of their parent or legal guardian.


Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses and is usually performed at heights of not more than 5 meters (16 feet) off the ground. Elephant Rocks State Park is used by people of all ages to climb on and over rocks as part of their outdoor experience. If your intention is to boulder without technical equipment and to limit your workout to under 16 feet, then a rock climbing permit is not required. Bouldering is permitted year-round and must not interfere with other park visitors using the park.