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Group Use Permits

In order to climb as part of an organized group in the Ouray Ice Park, group leaders must register for a Group Use Permit. The process is easy and there is no cost. Please consider supporting the Ouray Ice Park as an Individual Member. Member support is crucial for keeping this unique resource open and free to the public.

Group Use Permit requirements are as follows:

1) Group Use Permits are only available to groups organized under the auspices of a tax-exempt organization. Examples include non-profits, climbing clubs, educational groups, etc.

2) There is a maximum of six climbers per permit. Larger groups must register separately with an independent group leader accountable for each group of six.

3) Register for your permit at least one week prior to your visit.

4) Print and carry your permit while climbing in the Ouray Ice Park. Please present your permit to OIP staff upon request.

5) On the first day of your visit, group leaders must sign in via an electronic form. The URL for this form will be found on your permit. Consider bookmarking it.

6) Groups may occupy a maximum of two ropes. Groups may not occupy any anchor for more than three hours.

Categories of Group Users

Instructed Groups Defined: Any club, school, organization or group in which the instructor or leader is being compensated in any way (including reimbursement for expenses such as travel, lodging, meals, etc.) to facilitate the ice climbing experience for the group; OR any club, school, organization or group that charges a fee to participate in an outing to the Ouray Ice Park (including fees for expenses such as travel, lodging, meals, etc.).

The maximum participant to leader ratio for instructed groups is 4 to 1. The group may add one assistant or apprentice leader for a maximum group size of 6.

Non-commercial Groups, Clubs and Organizations defined: A group in which the group leader is not being compensated in any way to facilitate the ice climbing experience for the group; AND no fee will be charged by the group to participate in an outing to the Ouray Ice Park; AND no organized climbing instruction will occur.

Please note this is a registration procedure not an application. This process does not ask for qualifications, nor does it limit the number of times you may visit the Ouray Ice Park with your group.  


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