How to Choose the Right Climbing Wall for Your Facility

How to Choose the Right Climbing Wall for Your Facility

Indoor climbing is a rapidly growing sport in North America, and bringing a climbing wall to your community recreation center can be a game-changer.

Eldorado Climbing, in its 30th year, has built over 2,000 rock climbing walls for various facilities, including climbing gyms, recreation centers, YMCAs, resorts, schools, playgrounds, and more.

Why Invest in a Climbing Wall?

Climbing walls offer a unique and engaging way to attract and retain members, spark imaginations, and build a strong community.

They appeal to a wide range of individuals, from beginners to seasoned climbers, and can be enjoyed by people from 7 to 70 years old.

In comparison to swimming pools, climbing walls are exponentially less expensive to build, manage, and maintain, making them an attractive investment for recreation centers.

And they last decades.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Climbing Wall

Custom vs. Modular

Decide whether you want a custom-designed climbing wall or a modular system. Custom walls are tailored to specific needs and can be designed to match your vision, facility, user group, programming, budget, and preferred climbing style.

Modular systems, like Eldorado's Gecko and Chameleon, offer turnkey solutions that are easy to install, configurable, and cost-effective.

Indoor vs. Outdoor

Consider whether you want an indoor or outdoor climbing wall. Indoor walls provide year-round access and protection from the elements, while outdoor walls offer a more natural setting and can be a great addition to existing outdoor recreation areas.

Space and Site Accommodations

Evaluate the available space and site accommodations when selecting a climbing wall.

Eldorado Climbing will help evaluate building structures and can design and build walls to fit virtually any site or space, ensuring that your wall is tailored to your facility's unique needs.

Programming and Throughput Objectives

Think about your programming and throughput objectives when choosing a climbing wall. Do you want to include beginner classes, advanced training, or a mix of both?

Summer camps, singles nights, leagues, meetups, and a range of climbing technique training should all be considered in climbing wall layout and design.

Eldorado can help you select or design a wall that matches your specific goals.


Determine your budget for the climbing wall project. Eldorado Climbing Walls offers solutions that fit within virtually any budget, ensuring that you get the most value for your investment.

K-12 schools often spend less than $5,000 or $10,000 and full-on climbing gyms over a million.

Why Choose Eldorado Climbing?

When it comes to selecting a climbing wall builder, Eldorado Climbing stands out for its:

  • Expertise and Experience: With over 30 years in business, Eldorado has the expertise and experience to create beautiful, durable, and maintenance-free climbing walls. Eldorado’s project management team is second to none.
  • Custom and Modular Options: Eldorado offers both custom-designed walls and modular systems, allowing you to choose the best solution for your facility.
  • Versatility: Eldorado's walls can be built indoors or outdoors, accommodate any site or space, and match your programming and throughput objectives.
  • Durability: Eldorado's climbing walls are known for their longevity, with life spans measured in decades, not just years.
  • Transparent Process: From climbing wall cost to installation, Eldorado's process is open and transparent.
  • Commitment to Service: The staff at Eldorado loves climbing and designing and building world-class structures to climb on. That passion extends to the care for its customers - Eldorado strives to provide superior service to every client no matter the size of their climbing wall.

Bring the excitement of climbing, indoors or outside, to your recreation center with Eldorado Climbing.

With their solid service, design, and construction, you can trust that your new climbing wall will be a hit with your members and a valuable addition to your facility.

FAQ About Choosing A Climbing Wall

What are the differences between custom and modular climbing walls?

Custom walls are designed specifically for your facility, programming, and budget. Modular systems, like Eldorado's Gecko and Chameleon, are turnkey solutions that are easy to install, configure, and expand as needed.

Can climbing walls be installed both indoors and outdoors?

Yes, Eldorado Climbing Walls can design and build walls for both indoor and outdoor spaces, ensuring that your wall is tailored to your facility's unique needs and environment.

What sets Eldorado Climbing apart from other climbing wall companies?

Eldorado Climbing Walls has over 30 years of experience, offers both custom and modular options, and provides versatile solutions for any space or budget. They are committed to solid service, design, and construction, ensuring a transparent process from start to finish.