Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

22nd Annual Ice Fest in Ouray January, 2017

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @11:25 AM

From humble beginnings to its current status, the Ouray Ice Parkwelcomes everyone to explore and enjoy the sport if ice climbing. Once, just a couple of friends took a hose, creating the first climb in the park, which now boasts over 200 manmade ice and mixed climbs, 14 distinct climbing areas, and three miles of vertical terrain.

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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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Ouray Ice Park to Open This Weekend!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @12:52 PM

This weekend looks to be the beginning of an excellent season for climbers. Not only are conditions looking fantastic for climbing, there are a number of classes and activities planned in the weeks before Ice Fest!

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Ice Fest 2016 - It just keeps getting better!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 @02:31 PM
For over twenty years now, Ouray has celebrated the natural beauty of the Uncompahgre Gorge with a man-made ice park - the biggest in the country! where else can one experience the sport of ice climbing on such an epic scale, while at the same time less than a mile from town?
This year marks the 21 Annual Ouray Ice festival. The park itself is free, and maintained by a group of volunteers whose passion for the sport is contagious. The Ice Festival serves to raise much needed funds for the maintenance and growth of the ouray Ice Park.
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It's Winter in Ouray, and the Ice is Calling!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Dec 07, 2015 @10:56 AM
The Ouray Ice Park has announced a tentative opening date for the Ice Park this year! Weather permitting, the park should be open on December 18, 2016. Of course, just because the Ice Park isn't open yet, doesn't mean there has not been a flurry of activity out there. The day before Thanksgiving, the ice farmer crew finished mounting  the 5,000 pound elite mixed climbing competition tower to the rim of the gorge above Aphrodite.
The weather has been spectacular the past couple of weeks, a little bit of snow, a lot of sunshine, and clear, cold nights to help firm up the ice. So, if you haven't already started preparing your gear for the season, the time is at hand!
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Ouray, Colorado Celebrates the History of Groundhogs Day!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Feb 02, 2015 @11:17 PM

Southwest Colorado Looks Forward to Another Six Weeks of Winter

Looks like we will be having another six weeks of winter this year. On the morning of February 2nd, 2015 Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole and saw his shadow, thus predicting that winter shall continue.

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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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Ice Climbers Anticipate a Great Year in Ouray!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @11:46 AM

Ouray Ice Park is an incredible display of engineering and community support.

Ice climbing: an exhilarating, challenging, if not dangerous sport that brings thousands of enthusiasts to Ouray each year. The crunch of crampons on ice, the swing of ice picks, and the crisp winter air bring these men and woman into the most intimate contact with Mother Nature.

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High Adrenaline Adventures in Ouray Any Time of Year

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @01:10 PM

From Ice Climbing To Canyoning, The Waterfalls in Ouray Beckon 

Fall is gradually turning to winter. As the evenings become cooler, and the mornings more brisk, the land waits impatiently for the first snow. Fall colors still bloom at lower altitudes, and some leaves are clinging tenaciously in the high country, but we all know the season is about to change again.

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19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest in Switzerland of America This January

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jan 07, 2014 @08:35 AM

Intense Competition, Outstanding Events and Extraordinary Good Times Await at the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest January 9 - 13, 2014!

For close to two decades, the Ouray Ice Park has welcomed climbers from all over the world. As the years have passed, the number of climbs in the park have grown, as has its popularity as a World Class park, drawing climbers from near and far to traverse the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. 
With a viewing station set up for specators, that feels as if you are right beside the climbers, the Ouray Ice Festival is truly a sport enthusiasts dream location.
The Ouray Ice Festival has grown along with the park, encompassing not only the awe inspiring competitive climbs, but also embrasing the desire to share knowledge and of course, have a good time.
Don't miss a moment of this weekend; whether you are a seasoned climber here to win a piece of the prize, or new to the sport, Ouray will feed your passion for adventure this Ice Fest!

Thursday January 9, 2014

Presentation by Kristen Kelliher 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Main Street Theater (630 Main Street)

Kristen Kelliher has won national acclaim as the youngest person to summit the top peak in all 50 states in the country. She will be joining the festivities in Ouray immediately after completing the second of the Seven Summits, Aconcague in the Andes. Somewhat new to the sport of ice climbing, this young lady has already accumulated an impressive resume as a top athelete.

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