Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray Ice Park Conditions - Week One

Posted by Rebecca Doll on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 @02:12 PM

The Ouray Ice Park is now open for the 2016-2017 season!

Opening a week earlier than last year, the ice is holding strong on the cliffs of the Uncompaghre River Gorge. Climbers from all over the world have been awaiting this day for months, preparing and training over the off season to come climb in beautiful Ouray, Colorado. 

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20th Annual Ouray Ice Fest - January 8 - 11, 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @07:42 AM

Welcome Climbers! Ouray Celebrates 20 Years of World Class Competition.

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Free Plein Air Event in Ridgway, Colorado!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 @02:01 PM

Public Art Ridgway (PARC) and the Weaver Family Foundation are proud to present the first Annual Plein Aire Event in the San Juan Mountains!

The Dennis Weaver Memorial Park is a visual candy store, the year round maintained walking and biking trail, which can be followed all of the way from the town of Ridgway to the Ridgway Reservoir provides an artists playground. Bald Eagles nest along the river, feasting on salmon, while elk and deer graze on the lush grasses along the river. Hiking trails line the hillsides, guiding adventurers to specatacular vistas and views. Otters and beaver can be spotted frolicking in the rushing river, along with the occasional raft or canoe when the water is high enough.

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Ouray Welcomes Climbers to the Best Ice Festival Ever!

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Jan 01, 2013 @09:27 PM

Whether competing, or just ready for some icy climbing action from the sidelines, The 18th Annual Ouray Ice festival is the place to be this January!

It is hard to believe that just a few short years (well, 22 to be exact) ago, a few industrius adventurers gathered at the Uncompahgre Gorge with sprinkler heads and PVC pipes to flow water over the sides of the gorge and ‘farm’ ice. Today, The Ouray Ice Park boasts over 200 climbs, and plays host to one of the most widely attended Ice Festivals in the world. Atheletes from all over make the journey to Ouray every January to compete with the best of the best on Ouray’s ice and mixed terrain.

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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this January

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 @08:38 PM
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2012-2013 Ouray Ice Climbing Season is About to Begin!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 @06:34 PM

The Ouray Ice Park Prepares for the Best Year of Ice Climbing to Date!

December 15, 2012 is the projected opening day for the Ice Park this year, and, as always, we wait with baited breath as the ice farmers groom the canyon walls for a season of climbing in the spectacular Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray, Colorado, home to one of the largest man-made ice parks in the world. Mother Nature at times plays with us a little, giving us these gorgeous 60*F days in early December, and creating concerns that perhaps there will not be enough ice to open on time, but the weatherman has promised a change in temperature, and snow by Christmas, so those of us at the Box Canyon Lodge at least anticipate a great season for climbers.

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Weehawken Creative Arts Centers of Ouray County: More than painting!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 @06:16 PM

Weehawken Creative Arts Centers offers a plethora of learning and fun to Ouray County!

Filling a void in Ouray County for years now, Weehawken Creative Arts centers is a non-profit organization that seems to have encompassed all that defines this small County in Southwest Colorado. From visual arts to horticulture, this organization defines the arts based on the needs and interests of its community. Ballet, Poetry and culinary classes abound, as well as photography and woodworking. Zumba Dance classes are held daily, and Karate for adults and children offer opportunities for the community to express themselves while getting a great workout!

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Ouray, Colorado's Box Canyon Lodge & Ice Climbing – A Perfect Match

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 @07:43 PM

-Book Box Canyon Lodge’s Ice Climbing Getaway for just $450-

There are many benefits to getting away with friends.  Expenses are split, enjoyment is shared and memories are made.  If you and your buddies are ready for a getaway as unique as your friendship is, head to Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in beautiful Ouray, Colo., (a.k.a. ‘Switzerland of America’) to try your hand – or pick! – at the sport of ice climbing. 

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Ouray CO: Winter Training with San Juan Mountain Guides

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, Jan 06, 2011 @04:13 PM

The "Switzerland of America", Ouray, Colorado, is located in the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado. Ouray is the home of the San Juan Mountain Guides.  During the winter season, they offer many different classes that teach people how to enjoy the extreme sports of winter in a safe and competent manner.

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Gimps on Ice at the Ouray Ice Park in March 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Dec 01, 2010 @09:53 AM
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs loves when the "Gimps" are in town.  This group is complete with inspirational stories and resiliant characters.  See details below:

Boulder, Colorado – Paradox Sports is pleased to announce the  4th annual gathering of Gimps On Ice  in Ouray Colorado on March 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011. Over the weekend disabled athletes will descend on the Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray Colorado to face the mile of vertical ice in the gorge, learning about the specialized equipment and techniques needed climb vertical waterfalls. Men and women who are missing limbs or eyes or the use of their legs will gather to challenge themselves physically and mentally and, especially to challenge the common perception that an amputee is handicapped or that a blind person must, by default, lead a second-rate life. Malcolm Daly, Executive Director and amputee, puts it succinctly: “Ice is the great equalizer. None of us can climb it without adaptive equipment. We just go one step further.”

Paradox Sports was created by an eclectic group of individuals with a common desire to integrate the physically disabled into the outdoor community by providing inspiration, opportunities, and the adaptive equipment needed to participate in human-powered outdoor sports. It is the brainchild of Army Captain DJ Skelton and professional climber Timmy O'Neill. DJ was wounded in Iraq and is still on active duty AND works as an advocate for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. Timmy travels the world as an entertainer, climber, and ambassador for the outdoor industry. The common bond of loving the outdoors and wanting to share it with others, regardless of physical limitations, is what brought them together.

The Ouray Ice Park was opened in 1995 as the world's first park devoted exclusively to the sport of ice climbing. A small band of local volunteers and business owners developed the Park utilizing a unique set of assets found perhaps only in Ouray: a one-hundred-foot-deep, mile-long gorge that descends right into town. Over the past 14 years the park has grown to become the largest ice climbing park in the world and attracts climbers from all over the world.

Gimps On Ice is made possible by a “Gives Back” grant from Mountain Hardwear.

For more information contact:

Chad Butrick
Director of Operations
303 • 210 • 1996

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