Scenes from "The Canyon" at the Student Activity Center

The Canyon

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Canyon Hours*

Mon. - 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tues. - 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wed. - 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thurs. - 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Fri. - 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sat. - 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

*The Canyon will be closed when the Student Activity Center is closed for holidays.

Rock Wall orientations will be every week, Tue/Wed/Fri 3:00pm-5:00pm. Students must go through an orientation before climbing and may sign up at SAC front desk.

Contact Information

Dr. David Mathews, President
Southwestern Michigan College
AMGA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor (Lead)
Phone: 800-456-8675, ext. 1271
Email: dmathews@swmich.edu

Undoubtedly, the towering feature of the Student Activity Center (SAC) on Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus is the 3,500-square-foot rock climbing room called The Canyon.

Approaching the room from the long hall, you feel as if you are walking into a large crevice between two crags. The Canyon has a 35-foot vertical wall with several shorter walls, as well as a 12-foot high bouldering wall.

The Canyon accommodates all three types of indoor climbing: top-roping, bouldering, and lead climbing.

There are more than 40 vertical routes of all levels of difficulty, not counting the 20 or more bouldering options. Routes are changed throughout year.