Taking reservations until the end of July
Please read Q&A section found toward the bottom of this page before emailing with questions to the Q&A section before emailing with questions.
The climb season starts the first weekend of January and ends the last weekend of July.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CLIMBING OR HIKING IN AUGUST THROUGH DECEMBER DUE TO HUNTS. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. WE WILL START TAKING RESERVATIONS IN DECEMBER TO START THE WINTER CLIMBS IN JANUARY.
Climb days are every FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY.
Make sure and fill out the forms legibly with all information requested. Make sure to use full billing address(street/apt, city, state, zip code)
RESERVATIONS ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. A waiver for EACH climber along with payment are needed when making a reservation.
The fee to climb Culebra and or Red Mountain is $150.00 per person.
PLEASE HAVE A PICTURE I.D. PRESENT TO VERIFY RESERVATIONS THE MORNING OF THE SCHEDULED CLIMB. Failure to have any I.D. may result in you not being allowed on the property.
JULY FULLY BOOKED
For reservation please copy the Credit Card Authorization form and Waiver. email them back to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a notification by text once your reservation has been made. Reservations are booked at time of payment.
Make sure and include your cell phone number on the credit card form so that you will receive your notification.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING Q&A’s
Question: What’s the current update for the conditions on the trail?
Answer: Trailhead fully opened. Parking available at 4-Way or the upper parking lot. Snow equipment is not needed any longer, snow patches can be maneuvered around. AWD or 4WD is required passed HQ.
Question: What time do we have to be at the gate in the morning?
Answer: Climbers are required to be at the North Headquarters gate by 6:00 AM. Once climbers drive through they will drive to the headquarters for instructions. If climbers are not at the headquarters gate by 6:15 AM the gate will be locked, and that person forfeits his/her spot for the climb.
Question: Can I start my climb any earlier than 6?
Answer: No, everyone is let in at the same time to be checked in at the gate and briefed at HQ.
Question: Can I bring my dog on the hike? Can I leave my dog in my vehicle while I hike?
Answer: NO! No dogs or pets allowed on property.
Question: Will my vehicle make it up to the trailhead?
Answer: Vehicles must be 4wd or AWD to access trailhead after HQ. Good clearance of about 8” recommended.
Question: Is the price to climb per person or per group?
Answer: $150.00 per person.
Question: Is camping allowed at the trailhead?
Answer: No, camping is only allowed at Ranch entrance.
Question: When we arrive will someone open the gate for us?
Answer: No, Camping is done on the outside of the property if you car camp, if you set up a tent you can climb over the fence and set up your tent in the designated camping spot just inside of the fenced area.
Question: Can tents be left up in the morning when we go on our hike?
Answer: Yes, tents can be left up until you return from the hike.
Question: Is there a water source at the campsite?
Answer: No, there is no water source. There is a porta potty available.
Question: Do you allow campfires?
Answer: A fire is okay as long as safety precautions are taken and no restrictions for Costilla County are set. That will include; having at least a gallon of water and/or a shovel to put it out, making sure the area around the fire is cleared of debris, and just making sure the fire is completely put out before leaving it permanently unattended. There’s not currently a designated area for a fire so you can use your best judgment for the location.
Question: Do you have any lodging available?
Answer: No, there’s rooms available in town at the San Luis Inn. Their number is 719-672-3399
Question: Can I substitute a reservation I paid for to someone else I know interested?
Answer: No, being that our climbing season is full we have a waitlist that is contacted when we receive a cancellation.
IF YOU HAVE A SPOT TRACKER OR CELL PHONE, BRING THEM ALONG. CELL COVERAGE DOES EXIST ON THE PEAK.
Please note that you must sign out no later than 6:00 pm. If all climbers have not signed out by 6:00 pm, Cielo Vista Ranch will consider the situation an emergency and will begin emergency procedures. Any climber that fails to sign out when leaving the Ranch or leaves the Ranch after 6:00 pm agrees to make a $100.00 contribution to The Costilla County Search & Rescue. If anyone is under 18 years of age we will require a “Minor” Liability Waiver form which will be provided upon notification.
Your reservation may be canceled at any time or prior to the trip, due to unsafe weather conditions. A member of our CRV staff will contact you to discuss safety conditions and cancellations. If in the event that your reservation cannot be rescheduled, a refund will be made. When a reservation is rescheduled it can only be rescheduled during that climb season if there is something available. Rescheduling can not be rolled into the following year.
Culebra Peak offers a unique climbing experience. Unlike any other Fourteener in Colorado, hiking impacts are largely absent – Culebra is essentially “untrailed”. In order to preserve its pristine condition, please follow these climbing guidelines and Procedures:
- Ascend and descend on a different route in order to minimize impacts to the mountain.
- Disperse while hiking. In order to protect sensitive alpine plant communities, avoid hiking single file or along existing trampled routes.
- While hiking, try to step only on durable surfaces, such as rocks, in order to protect sensitive alpine plant communities. Don’t walk along the edge of melting snowfields or other areas where the soils are wet. Many alpine soils are over 5,000 years old, and alpine plants grow very slowly in the harsh climate and short growing season on Fourteeners.
- Refrain from feeding animals or picking wildflowers. Leave what you find.
- Bury all human waste below treeline, not in the tundra. Pack out all the material that you carry in. Refer to the “Guide for Leaving No Trace on Colorado’s Highest Peak” for additional information.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DEPENDING ON SNOW CONDITIONS THE EARLIER CLIMBS BEFORE JUNE MAY START FROM THE HEADQUARTERS UNLESS A SAFE PARKING AREA CAN BE REACHED. THANKS
1. IF WE CANCEL:
Option: 1. reschedule.
2. If reschedule is not possible, then refund.
IF CLIMBER CANCELS:
1. before 3 days> We will reschedule
2. w/i 3 days, no refund, unless there are exigent circumstances.
We appreciate your cooperation and hope you have an enjoyable and safe time on Cielo Vista Ranch.
FOR WINTER CLIMBS – Due to the inherent dangers of a winter climb, we reserve the right to cancel access to Culebra and/or Red Mountain at any time including day of climb!