Ice Park Facts

Located in Ouray, CO, a location described by Rock and Ice magazine as “the perfect place for an ice park” (February 2006), the Ouray Ice Park (the Park) was built by an enthusiastic all-volunteer work force, entirely with donated materials and capital. Ouray Ice Park, Inc. (OIPI) is a nonprofit corporation managed by an all volunteer board of directors and a small hard-working staff. The Park as we know it today is a shining example of what a volunteer organization can accomplish with little capital but a lot of enthusiasm and vision. OIPI has continued to improve and expand the Park each year through memberships, corporate sponsorships, and funds raised by the annual Ouray Ice Festival.

Ouray Ice Park facts:

  • Open and free climbing facilities available from mid-December to late March
  • Fully developed climbing along a 1 mile stretch of the Uncompahgre Gorge, within walking distance of downtown Ouray, Colorado
  • 14 distinct climbing areas: South Park, New Funtier, Grad School, School Room, Alcove, Kid’s Climbing Wall, Upper Bridge, Lower Bridge, Scottish Gullies, Five Fingers, Stump Wall, Shithouse Wall, and Gazebo Wall
  • Approximately 200 ice and mixed climbs, from beginner to expert, included in more than 3 miles of vertical terrain
  • Dozens of fixed anchors and access points throughout the Park
  • Numerous viewing and observation points
  • Within walking distance to lodging, dining, shopping, natural hot springs, equipment rental, and guiding services
  • Within 6 hours of three major metropolitan areas: Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; and Salt Lake City, UT
  • A 1 hour drive from Montrose and Telluride regional airports, and a 2 hour drive from the Grand Junction and Durango airports
  • Within 1 hour of several premier and “classic” backcountry ice climbs, such as Bridal Veil Falls, Ames Ice Hose, Stairway to Heaven, and Bird Brain Boulevard

“Carefully walk out over either bridge spanning the ice park this time of year, and you’re in a surrealistic world of sparkling crystal chandeliers, sheer walls of ice, dense blue columns and ruffles of foamy white that look like overflows from a giant can of shaving cream.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram (March 2007)

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Email: info@ourayicepark.com

Phone: 970.325.4288

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Mailing Address (note - if sending USPS, you MUST use our PO Box):
Ouray Ice Park, Inc.
P.O. Box 1058
Ouray, CO 81427

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