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Ouray Ice Park, Ouray
(4.5/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
The Ouray Ice Park was officially organized in 1992. Many of the ice routes are natural and existed long before the park's inception. Now, most ice is created by using a robust, extensive irrigation system that ensures vast amounts of frozen waterfalls along the nearly mile long Uncompahgre River Gorge.

The Park was established and is maintained by a small, seasonal staff and an enthusiastic volunteer work force. It is a qualified 401(c)(3) non-profit corporation that includes seven board members and an Executive Director. The Ice Park is able to operate and expand climbable terrain through the generous support of annual membership donations, corporate sponsorships, and funds raised by the annual Ouray Ice Festival.

The typical ice climbing season run from mid-December through April 1st.
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  • There's nothing in the world like it! Where else can you find yourself rappelling off an icy cliff and then climb yourself out of a steep ice canyon? The Ouray Ice Park is free thanks to local busines...  more »
  • There aren't many (if any) better places to work on your ice climbing in the world. Sure, there will be plenty of people around, and it's not backcountry, but the volume of awesome climbing to be had ...  more »
  • Don't come! It's way too dangerous! Well, that didn't work: this place is becoming VERY popular over the winter, and when you come (yes, you will) you'll see why. A team of Ice Farmers works from Octo...  more »
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  • AMAZING! Waterfall ice of all difficulties within steps of the warmth and comfort of your hotel? If you're feeling more adventurous, you can venture into the back country.
  • Great interesting short hike. Saw a bear up over on the other side of 550. Hiked up right from Twin Peaks Lodge.
  • The mecca for ice climbing (at least from December to March). It's proximity to town and variety of routes makes it so easy to explore the sport, learn the fundamentals, practice or fine tune your ice climbing skills.
  • Very busy anymore. Need more ice parks elsewhere. Denver?
  • Amazing place...scenery and all