Scenes from "The Canyon" at the Student Activity Center

The Canyon

Canyon Hours*

Sunday, Closed
Monday, Closed
Tuesday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Wednesday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

*Students must go through an orientation before climbing and may sign up at SAC front desk.

*Orientation Schedule

Tuesday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday, 6 p.m-8 p.m.

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.