PCGI Courses Rock Climbing Joshua Tree

PCGI Courses

Cliffhanger Guides is a proud provider of Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI) courses and assessments. PCGI offers nationally recognized rock climbing guide training and certifications ranging from top-roping to multi-pitch guiding.


Top-Rope guide
Single-pitch guide
Lead guide
Multi-pitch guide
Rescue Training
$450 (3 days)
$525 (3 days)
$725 (5 days)
$1,500 (8 days)
$300 (2 days)
$200 (1 day)
$250 (1 day)
$400 (2 days)
$900 (4 days)
$200 (1 day)
Private Mentoring/Continuing Education
Please Note: Transportation to and from the park is NOT included. Please see the table below for pricing.


Rock Climbing Equipment

We provide all the top-notch equipment you will need.

Private Instruction

Our low instructor-cliber ratio allows for one-on-one instruction time for all.

Tall Tales

All of our instructors have endless stories to keep you entertained all day long.

Gourmet Picnic Lunch

Leave the brown bag at home.  We’re eating in style!

Highly Customized Guided Rock Climbing Adventures

Cliffhanger Guides offers rock climbing adventures that are perfect for everyone from first timers to experienced climbers.

If you want your first time climbing to be a fun-filled, safe, and exciting adventure, we are your people.

If you are a gym climber transitioning to the intimidating world of outdoor climbing, let us be your guides.

If you want to go from sport climbing to traditional and learn to set up complex anchors, there is no one better than us to help you build proficiency, judgement, and self-reliance.

Whatever rock climbing skill you desire to learn, we are here to help. In all of our trips, we will keep you safe, help you build skills and confidence, and show you a darn good time in the process. We are excited to share the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park with you, one of the most sought-after rock climbing destinations in the world.


Cliffhanger Guides provides highly customized guided rock climbing adventures, PCGI Guide Training courses, and guaranteed good times in the magical realm of Joshua Tree National Park.

We are incredibly proud of the wonderful little company we’ve built and we are certain that we have the finest staff, provide the best climbing experience and customer service of any company operating out of Joshua Tree National Park.

You are welcome to call any of the other companies that operate here, but time and time again, our guests tell us that there is no comparison.

It has to be Cliffhanger.

About Our Joshua Tree Climbing Adventures

We offer two options for climbing trips in Joshua Tree National Park, the 1/2 day adventure or the full day adventure. Contact us at Cliffhangerguides@gmail.com or call us at 209-743-8363. We look forward to helping you plan the ultimate Joshua Tree rock climbing adventure.

Half Day Adventures:

Our ½ days are 5 hours in duration. Our ½ day is perfect for the 1st time climber, families with young children, the transitioning climber for gym to outside, those that want more than one adventure in the park in a day, the commitment averse, or those on a tight time schedule.

All rock climbing equipment, private instruction, tall tales and a gourmet picnic lunch is included.

Transportation to and from the park is NOT included. Please see the table below for pricing.

Full Day Adventures:

Our full days have all of the above, but with NO time limits. We typically meet at 8am and climb until near dark or you say uncle… These are big high adventure days perfect for climbers looking to climb loads of pitches, the climber that prefers a relaxed pace with no need for clocks, folks that have an inclination to see more remote areas of the park and travel the road less taken, the seasoned climber that wants to climb it all, and for those learning technical systems for anchoring, leading, or self-rescue techniques.

Again, Transportation to and from the park is NOT included. Please see the table below for pricing.


How Book a Cliffhanger Guides Joshua Tree Rock Climbing Adventure

We at Cliffhanger Guides very intentionally do NOT have a system for online bookings.

We apologize for any inconvenience, however we feel it is imperative that we get a chance to know a little about one another so that we can build your ideal trip and send you out with the perfect guide for your skill sets and interests. We believe in quality of experience above all else at Cliffhanger Guides.
We are dedicated to providing you with an intimate, personalized, and unforgettable experience, and frankly, there are no robots for that yet.

For reservations…


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