Red Barn Climbing

The Red Barn is home to one of the top collegiate indoor rock climbing facilities in the country.

Red Barn Climbing is a bouldering-only gym, where climbs are shorter and falls are protected with padding. Climbing routes are set and maintained to accommodate all skill levels, from beginner to expert.

Red Barn Climbing is currently open to RIT students, staff, faculty and the community (age 18+).

Find Us on Campus

The Red Barn is a 100-year-old “Wells” style dairy barn located at the far west end of campus, about one eighth of a mile northwest of the Riverknoll apartments.

From RIT's main entrance, enter the traffic circle and exit at the first turnout (heading south). Follow the perimeter road until the Red Barn is visible on the left (heading west). Pass the Red Barn and take the next left-hand turn into the Riverknoll Apartments. Turn left again and follow the road down to the Red Barn.

Note: The Red Barn is not heated and does not have plumbing in the barn. Please dress based on the outside temperature. A restroom is located in our annex, adjacent to the Red Barn.

Hours of Operation

Semester Hours

Monday 4-9 p.m.
Tuesday 4-9 p.m.
Wednesday 4-9 p.m.
Thursday 4-9 p.m.
Friday 4-9 p.m.
Saturday 1-6 p.m.
Sunday 1-6 p.m.


The Red Barn is a fee-based recreational activity on campus.

Single Day Pass for RIT Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni $4
Single Day Pass for Community Members $8
RIT Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni Semester Membership* $40
Community Member Semester Membership* $100
Climbing Shoe Rental
Climbing shoes are required to participate
Chalk Bag Rental $1

* Memberships are pro-rated throughout the semester.

Team Building Opportunities

Team Building is offered as a service to groups from both within and outside of the RIT community. Any RIT community group, consisting of RIT students, staff and/or faculty, may schedule a 1-3 hour session at the Red Barn. This session will be custom tailored to meet the needs and objectives or your group members.

Goals for this program:

  • Foster team spirit
  • Enhance group communication skills
  • Increase problem solving capabilities
  • Promote group support, trust, and cooperation
  • Explore risk-taking
  • Instill personal self-confidence, motivation and empowerment

We support and promote the "challenge by choice" philosophy for all programs that we offer.

For more information or to schedule a team building session, contact the Outdoor Education office at 585-475-7050 or

Contact Us

Outdoor Education