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Ouray Ice Park


Ouray Ice Park is known world wide for its ice climbing. It attracts visitors from every country yearly for their epic ice climbing. Enjoy the thrill of climbing the ice and snow with crampons and ice axes. 

History of Ice Climbing in Ouray Ice Park

 In the small town of Ouray Colorado winters are harsh and often full of heavy snowfall. Ice climbing had been around but wasn't a popular or well known outdoor activity in the 1980's, but that was about to change.

One day James Burwick, a mountaineer was passing though one of Ouray's canyons and say an eighty foot long icicle hanging from a leak in a water pipe. He and a few friends later rappelled down to the pipe and "accidentally" punched a few more wholes into the pipe.

Eventually land was purchased and negotiated with the past owners and the ice park was born. Every year more and more people visited and joining the new adventure.

After two decades the Ouray Ice Park is known world wide and people travel to it from all corners of the Earth. Come enjoy the best ice on the planet and get the thrill and chill of the ice. 

The Park Now

Now after being opened for years, staff and volunteers work on yearly on transforming the park into the ice climbing mecca. They have over 100 man made ice and mixed climbs with 11 climbing areas and over three miles of vertical terrain.

Enjoy the beautiful slick man-made ice walls that thousands enjoy every year. We have a annual Ice festival where thousands come to climb and party.

Come enjoy the history and mecca of ice climbing. Climb here at the Ouray Ice Park whether you are a new sapling or an aged veteran, come climb at the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray Colorado. 

The Park Now

Now after being opened for years, staff and volunteers work on yearly on transforming the park into the ice climbing mecca. They have over 100 man made ice and mixed climbs with 11 climbing areas and over three miles of vertical terrain.

Enjoy the beautiful slick man-made ice walls that thousands enjoy every year. We have a annual Ice festival where thousands come to climb and party.

Come enjoy the history and mecca of ice climbing. Climb here at the Ouray Ice Park whether you are a new sapling or an aged veteran, come climb at the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray Colorado.