Home to one of the world’s most popular ice climbing parks, Ouray Colorado offers the perfect combination of scenery and sports adventure. You’ll discover some of the greatest number of water ice climbs in North America, and Ouray Ice Park is one of the most well known. Thanks to the area’s rich mining history, the terrain is accessible via spectacular via mountain-carved roads. Ouray, CO Ice Climbing — Photo courtesy of Matt Inden/Miles
The San Juan Mountain’s steep relief and deep gorges are made for ice climbing. Ouray Ice Park is a manmade ice climbing venue boasting more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs, and the park remains free and open for public use after nearly 20 years in operation.
Just south of Ouray, in the city limits, is the entrance to the park with a mile of farmed ice. The Ice Park spans over one mile of the Uncompahgre Gorge. Step up your ice adventure, with most climbs located within a 15-minute walk. A gravity-fed plumbing system uses more than 7,500 feet of pipe and showered heads, spraying more than 150,000 gallons of water on the canyon walls. Classic ice climbs include Bird Brain Boulevard, Stairway to Heaven, and Ames Ice Hose, further made spectacular with natural waterfalls, like Bridal Veil Falls, and vast alpine terrain.
Mid-January more than 3,000 visitors attend the annual Ouray Ice Festival, showcasing the best ice and mixed climbing talent in the world. Past professional winners during the competition include Will Gadd, Ines Papert, and Josh Wharton. The event includes leading outdoor retailers, daily vendor exhibitions, and 75 interactive climbing clinics allowing Festival participants to also enjoy the Ice Park.
Not a climber? Join the many Ouray visitors watching the climbers from the bridges and stands along the top of Uncompahgre Gorge.