Ben Traxler, AMGA Certified Rock Guide

About Us

Southwest Climbing offers trips for novice to expert climbers throughout Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Mexico. We are focused on delivering fun climbing adventures for individuals or groups. We also offer learning opportunities through our instruction-based courses, including the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor program for professionals.

All trips and courses are led by owner and operator Ben Traxler, a Certified Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide's Association. Ben has worked as a professional guide, a climbing instructor, program director, and as a college professor. Some of the major destinations Ben has guided include; Denali, and  the St. Elias range in Alaska, Bugaboos, Canada, the North Cascades, the Sierra, Tetons, Colorado, Arizona, and the volcanoes of Ecuador. Aside from holding the highest certification the AMGA offers in rock climbing, he is AMGA Alpine and Ski guide trained, and holds an AIARE Level 2 avalanche certification. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, and holds a B.A. in Wilderness Leadership from Prescott College.

Southwest Climbing operates as part of the Certified Guides Cooperative (CGC), a network of certified instructors and guides that have come together to share insurance and permit access to our public lands. Permits are held by both the CGC and partner companies.

Happy climbers in Prescott, Arizona and Red Rock, Nevada


"The day was amazing, every moment from start to finish was enjoyable. Ben was so patient and made the day so fun. Keep being awesome!"

- Seth, Montana

"Thank you so much for making our rock climbing experience so great. Ben was a fantastic guide, and we had such a great time. We'll definitely be booking more adventures in the near future."

- Allison, Arizona

"It was a great trip and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I felt extremely well taken care of throughout the weekend, and I'm completely motivated to work on my technique and to continue to build more confidence."

- Dave, Texas