Ouray is likely the only city in the world where it is illegal to be without crampons and a helmet. In addition to the rules listed below, please be aware of “Area Specific Rules” posted throughout the Ouray Ice Park. Above all… Be courteous. Respect your fellow climbers.

per chapter 13 of the ouray municipal code, It shall be unlawful:

     Crampons and helmet required...

  • To enter the Uncompahgre Gorge or be climbing without wearing crampons and a helmet or be in an area designated as “climber only” without wearing crampons.

      Minors…

  • For an individual under the age of 18 to enter the Park without a supervising adult.

Dogs…

  • For any owner or custodian of any animal to fail to have the animal under effective and immediate control of the owner or custodian by leash, cord, chain or other restraining device at all times that such animal is within the Ice Park.  No animals, except service animals, are permitted at the bottom of the Uncompahgre Gorge.

Anchoring…

  • To attach climbing anchors to any manmade structures within the Park, except for established fixed anchors such as chain and bolt anchors.  Anchors may not be placed on or impede with the ice producing system.

Trespass…

  • For any unauthorized individual to enter or remain within the Ice Park after 5 p.m. or before 7:30 a.m. from December 1st through March 31st for the purposes of ice climbing.

Unattended ropes…

  • To leave ropes, anchoring material or other items on a climbing route unused or unattended with the intent to reserve that climbing route.

Group Use…

  • For non-commercial groups of eight or more persons to occupy more than two climbing routes, as designated, in a specific area, or occupy any one route for more than three hours.

      Commercial activities…

  • To conduct any commercial activities or uses within the Ice Park are subject to Section 13-22 of the Ouray City Code without permission from the City.