The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost's tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of rock climbing, gear rental, and yoga classes at AZ on the Rocks in Scottsdale. Reservations are not required at AZ on the Rocks and no experience is necessary.
Christened Best Family Entertainment Value in AZCentral.com’s Readers' Choice poll, AZ on the Rocks belays climbers to higher levels of scaling skill with 14,000 square feet of ascendable terrain and limbers limbs with a full yoga studio. After procuring a climbing day pass ($15 for adults; $12 for children; $49 for families), clients can strap on rental gear ($5), including harnesses, shoes, and bags of boulder-baiting Pop Rocks, before worming up the purple-hued heights of the facility’s climbing surfaces. Solo scalers can hoist themselves safely up the 31-foot wall using auto-belay equipment, and pairs of climbers spot each other or forgo intimidating height to tackle the 2,800-square-foot bouldering course. Air conditioning keeps climbers cool as they burn off an average of 700–900 calories per hour, and visitors of all levels can consult knowledgeable staff about climbing techniques and mountain-friendly modern-dance moves.
Yoga on the Rocks treats yogis of all ages to intimate classes ($10 for drop-ins; $70 for an unlimited auto-pay monthly membership) heavy on hands-on instruction. A complement to rock climbing, the sessions help bolster flexibility, focus, and balance, whereas complimentary extras such as bottled water, essential oils, and eye-pillows pamper bodily temples. At AZ on the Rocks, all participants must sign a waiver, and birthday girls, boys, and belayers may brave indoor peaks for free on their day of special-suit wearing.
AZ on the Rocks
Christened Best Family Entertainment Value in AZCentral.com’s Readers' Choice poll, AZ on the Rocks encourages beginners and seasoned climbers to higher levels of scaling skill with 14,000 square feet of ascendable terrain. They happily host birthday parties or freestyle-climbing sessions in their air-conditioned climbing facility, which houses 50 top ropes, a cave, and 2,800 square feet of bouldering. They also teach classes for adults and children and hold private lessons, which can grant clients access to the repelling platform. Additionally, AZ on the Rocks has a youth-climbing team, team-building programs, and full gym stacked with cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, and yoga which can be accessed via monthly memberships or day passes. At AZ on the Rocks, all participants must have a properly completed digital waiver form. For those under the age of 18 this must be completed by their own parent, no exceptions so birthday girls, boys, and belayers may brave indoor peaks for free on their day of special-suit wearing.