Ouray Ice Park: Behind the Ice

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The Ouray Ice Park is one of the premier ice climbing destinations in the world. But the amazing walls of ice are not just the work of Mother Nature.

The Park is a non-profit organization that relies solely on memberships, sponsorships, and donations to exist. It is home to more than 200 man-made ice and mixed climbs and, despite the high cost of operation, remains free and open for public use.

Join the Ice Park team by visiting the Membership page at ourayicepark.com/about/membership.

Thank you for supporting the Ouray Ice Park and for sharing this video with your friends.

Video created by Barry Stevenson, OutsideAdventureMedia.com.

The Ouray Ice Park will open FRIDAY DECEMBER 26!!!

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Ouray Ice Park

December 24 conditions update: The Ouray Ice Park will open FRIDAY DECEMBER 26!!! The opening will be limited to the South half of the Park (from the Upper Bridge to South Park). The North end is getting there but still needs a little more love before it is ready for prime time. We do have a few pockets of resistance on the South end and those spots will be marked as closed. Please enjoy what we do have open and respect local closures. Our ice farmers will continue to work extremely hard, including over the Christmas holiday to get the Park ready for a great season.

Enjoy the ice and a big thanks to everyone who continues to support the Ouray Ice Park.

(Photos by Dan Chehayl)

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Ouray + Ice Climbing

No one can pronounce it correctly, so don’t let that be an immediate scare. This tiny Switzerland-type mountain town is majestic, it doesn’t matter what season you visit. For most of us, this place is remote and not easily accessible for a winter weekend getaway. However, should you have plans to be in the area visiting family, or if you can escape for 3-4 nights, then Ouray – hurray, here you come.

Ouray is also known as one of the best and most accessible ice climbing venues in the world because you can walk from your hotel to the Ice Park and then park for a soak in the hot springs. The Ouray Ice Park is for children of ages and climbing abilities of all kinds. There is a group called the kids climbing college, that will suit up kids and up them on the ice wall, climbing up 40 feet in a matter of minutes, and lends itself to wonderful vacation photos. The Ice Park itself is over a mile long, is free and has over 100 routes to explore. Usually it is open from mid-December through mid-March, weather, of course, a factor. There are two great local guide services for beginners, San Juan Mountain Guides and Peak Mountain Guides.

Soak in the Season

And while in Ouray, that’s right, another hurray, take a soak, in sulphur free hot springs! We’ve stayed at Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs which provides private guest-only free soaks in a multitude of tubs with phenomenal views. Two other lodging facilities with hot springs on site include The Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs and The Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodgings.The Ouray Hot Springs Pool is the city-owned public facility featuring three different temperature sections.Ouraycolorado.com .

Editors Note: 

While staying and relaxing in Ouray and enjoying all of the small time charm that is little Gem of the San Juans, come into the Silver Nugget Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Serving Monday-Saturday 8 am to 7 pm and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm.

20th Annual Ouray Ice Festival

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Get those parties for the 20th Annual Ouray Ice Festival on lock down!
The Ouray Ice Park is pleased to announce that, in honor of the 20th Anniversary, they are offering Festival Passes for the incredibly popular after hours events.

The 20th Anniversary ALL ACCESS Ouray Ice Festival Pass:
Provides admission on a first-come, first seated (where applicable) basis to all Ouray Ice Festival Events & automatically pre-registers you for demo gear card to be used throughout the fest!

(Ouray Ice Park photo share of: Petzl athlete Jeff Mercier crushing the last move on his way to winning the 2014 Ouray Ice Festival Elite Mixed Comp. We’re super psyched that Jeff will be back for this year’s Fest!)