Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness announced the official opening of North America’s largest indoor climbing gym. The 53,000-square-foot facility in Englewood, CO, will feature world-class climbing and bouldering, along with amenities such as a yoga studio, fitness and cardio zones, climbing classes, a fully-stocked retail gear shop, high-end locker rooms and onsite childcare.
“We’re thrilled to open this new facility in Englewood and become a part of the thriving neighborhood,” stated Earth Treks CEO Robert Cohen. “The Denver community has always been great to us and is already extremely involved in climbing, adventure and fitness. With the nearby University of Denver and Denver Tech Center and convenient access to light rail and bike trails, we expect many locals to capitalize on the location to try something new, take their fitness to the next level and join an amazing new social network.”
The Englewood facility is taking over the previous corporate headquarters of Sports Authority, which closed its doors in 2016 after filing for bankruptcy. Earth Treks employed JR Bernlohr Architects to design the new facility, which involved constructing a new 50’ high roof to accommodate high-roped climbing. Bernlohr Architects has designed multiple Earth Treks facilities, including its Maryland locations in Columbia and Baltimore and its Crystal City location near Arlington.
The Englewood facility will be the second Earth Treks facility in Colorado, with another located west of Denver in Golden. Along with climbing, bouldering, yoga and fitness amenities, the Englewood gym has multiple features which will help foster a sense of community within the facility. A gathering area, which sits between the high-roped climbing and bouldering zones, will serve as the central space for the facility, providing a place for guests to congregate when they are not climbing and doubling as a stage or space for events. The space will additionally feature other communal areas which people can use as work spaces or lounges.
“Our gyms are more than just climbing, yoga and fitness facilities; they are places for people to come together, make new friends and challenge themselves,” stated Cohen. “We look forward to becoming a part of the bustling Englewood community.”
Earth Treks was founded in 1990 by acclaimed mountaineer Chris Warner, known for guiding customers on mountaineering expeditions around the world. He opened the company’s first climbing gm in 1997. The Earth Treks brand now has expanded to seven climbing centers in three states. Recently, Earth Treks announced a merger with Planet Granite Climbing, Yoga and Fitness. Together, Planet Granite and Earth Treks operate 11 gyms in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Baltimore and Washington D.C. They additionally recently announced the construction of two new gyms in Chicago and one in Santa Clara, CA.