Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Taking on the Ice - A Ouray Ice Park Adventure

Posted by John David Klein on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 @06:51 PM

 The Ouray Ice Park is a world unto itself. Deep in the Uncompahgre Gorge, the experienced and the novice explore a world of ice and adrenaline. Watching athletes as they scale the ice is breathtaking, the quiet in the canyon only broken as climbers call to one another as they traverse the canyon...

Every year, from mid December through the middle of March, we watch our enthusiastic guests as they journey to and from the park. Leaving early in the morning when the ice is at its best, and returning in the afternoon, ready to soothe tired muscles in our natural mineral hot springs.

Fascinated with the attraction, and the stories shared by so many of you, I decided I must find out what the appeal is, so one morning, I decided to let the experts take me out and teach me this incredible sport.

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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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Ouray, Colorado - the Perfect Winter Escape

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @11:35 AM

Ouray, Colorado is the perfect winter escape!

 At the base of the San Juan Mountains in a tiny little box canyon, the town of Ouray offers winter visitors a peaceful respite from the outside world.
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Kids Climbing College

Posted by Sarah Martin on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @02:18 PM

Take your child to the Ice Park this winter to learn Ouray’s favorite freezing activity. The Ouray Ice Park has partnered with San Juan Mountain Guides to offer two more days throughout this winter for kids to learn ice climbing from the experts for free.

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An Adventure On the Ice in Ouray

Posted by Sarah Martin on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @10:36 AM

Ice climbers from all around the world come to our sleepy town of Ouray every year to brave the extreme temperatures, heights, and vertical climbs of the Ouray Ice Park. Anticipation builds as ice farmers dangle by ropes to prepare every crevasse of the park to ensure safe and desirable ice climbing conditions. Ice farmers fearlessly brush off fresh snow, excavate unwanted ice, and form new ice daily from the many faucets at the top of the gorge.  Since the park has so many variables effecting the ice formations, the official announcement of when the gates will open and close to the public changes each year. This year, thrill seeking enthusiasts received the perfect holiday gift, because the park opened on Christmas Day.

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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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