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The town of Ouray Colorado at dusk

The town of Ouray Colorado at dusk

Ouray and the surrounding San Juan mountain range are home to one of the greatest concentrations of water ice climbs in North America.

The range’s steep relief and deep gorges provide a superb venue for ice climbing. Roads carved into the sides of mountains throughout Ouray’s rich mining history provide stunning access to that terrain today.  In addition to being a premier ice climbing venue, the mountains around Ouray provide some of the best back-country skiing terrain in the Rocky Mountain region.  The Telluride ski area is just about a one hour drive from downtown Ouray, and we also boast a groomed nordic ski area less than 10 miles south of town.  The Ouray area has you covered for any winter outdoor adventure and we even have local hot springs to relax in when you are done.

How to Get Here

Ouray is located in the mountains of Southwestern Colorado on US Hwy 550, 70 miles north of Durango and 98 miles south of Grand Junction. The portion of Hwy 550 between Silverton and Ouray is referred to as the Million Dollar Highway.

Travel to Ouray by automobile or fly into one of several nearby locations. The closest regional airports are located in Montrose, Telluride, Grand Junction or Durango. Car rentals are available at all of the surrounding airports.


Montrose Airport is a commuter airport that is a 45-minute drive from Ouray. Airlines that fly into Montrose are United, Delta, American and Allegient. Since the Montrose Regional Airport also serves Telluride Ski Area there are a number of options for winter flights. Winter service expands to Houston and Newark operated by United Airlines, service to Dallas and Chicago with American Airlines, service to Atlanta with Delta Airlines, and service to Los Angeles and Phoenix/Mesa with Allegiant Air. For more information go to: Montrose Regional Airport

Telluride Airport has some direct flights during the winter months and is also more of a commuter airport during the summer months. America West and Great Lakes Airlines service this airport.

Grand Junction and Durango Airports are regional airports that are 2-hour driving distances from Ouray. Airlines that service one or both of these airports are United Express, Delta’s Skywest, America West Express and United’s Great Lakes.

Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs are larger national and international airports that are all within 6 hours driving time.

Where to stay…

Ouray County offers a wide variety of lodging options, including motels, bed and breakfast inns, and vacation rental properties.  Many of our local lodging establishments support the Ouray Ice Park as members of our Local Business Partnership program.  As you research lodging options for your visit please start by checking out the businesses listed here.  They all help us keep the Ouray Ice Park free. Also note that many of our lodging partners offer discounts to current Ouray Ice Park members.  Please check out discount options when you make your reservation.

Ouray Ice Park Lodging Sponsors

Climbing Icons – Our Top Local Sponsors!

Ouray Chalet Inn
20% off for current Ouray Ice Park members!

Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs
20% off for current Ouray Ice Park members!


Ouray Victorian Inn
Ouray Victorian Inn
Comfort Inn Ouray
20% off for current Ouray Ice Park members!


First Ascentionists

The Matterhorn Inn – Ouray
20% off for Ouray Ice Park members
The Historic Wiesbaden
Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings

Route Setters

Ouray Vacation Rentals



Ouray Riverside Inn
Ouray Main Street Inn

Ridgway Lodge & Suites

Lead Climbers

Antlers Motel- (970) 325-4589

Where to eat and drink…

Ouray County offers a wide variety of dining options, including from grab and go to elegant fine dining. We also boast our fair share of craft brewers. Please check out the dining establishments below who support the Ouray Ice Park and help us keep ice climbing in Ouray free.

First Ascentionists

Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee
520 Main Street, Ouray

Route Setters
Our Top Restaurant Sponsors

 Ouray Brewery
607 Main Street, Ouray - 970.325.7388


 O’Brien’s Pub & Grill
726 Main Street, Ouray - 970.325.4386 


Cavallo’s Restaurant
630 Main Street, Ouray
970-325-2042 (Reservations Accepted)


Lead Climbers

Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters  602 N Cora, Ridgway CO 81432 970.626.Bean
Ourayle House Brewery (The Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing Company) – 215 7th Avenue, Ouray.  970.903.1824 


Guiding, Instruction, Gear, Equipment Rentals and Other Essential Services…

Looking to improve your game? Maybe tackle that back-country classic that you have had your eye on? Ouray is home to many of the best mountain guides in North America. Many of the guide services who operate in the Ouray Ice Park also offer a wide range classes. We also have you covered for climbing and other outdoor gear as well as climbing equipment rentals. Please check out the businesses below who support the Ouray Ice Park and help us keep ice climbing in Ouray free.

Climbing Icons
Our Top Service Sponsors

San Juan Mountain Guides
725 Main Street, Ouray

The Watch
Telluride and Mountain Village, Ouray and Ridgway, Montrose, and points beyond including Rico and Norwood

Peak Mountain Guides
280 7th Avenue, Ouray – 970.325.7342

Rigging for Rescue
952 Main Street Ouray, CO 81427
(970) 325-4474

Ouray Mountain Sports
732 Main St., Ouray

First Ascentionists

Summit Sealants and Restoration Services
13671 Carefree Drive, Montrose

Route Setters


Ouray Hot Springs
1220 Main Street, Ouray
20% off admission for current
OIP members (must show membership card)

Ouray Liquors
738 Main Street, Ouray



Mountain Fever Shirts & Gifts
644 Main Street, Ouray



Citizens State Bank of Ouray
600 Main Street, Ouray


Lead Climbers

Guide Garage- Main Street, Ouray. 720-304-8707
RMI Expeditions- 888-892-5462
Khristopher’s Culinaire – 545 Main Street, Ouray – 970.325.7311
Masters & Sellars P.C. – Attorneys at Law - 970.249.2622 
Alpine Bank of Ouray - 917 Main Street, Ouray.  970.325.4200
San Miguel Power Association – 970.626.5549



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Ouray Ice Park, Inc.
P.O. Box 1058
Ouray, CO 81427

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