Uncompahgre Gorge aka Ouray Ice Park Climbing
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Through volunteer work from lots of dedicated individuals, this ice park has been created to host a great wealth of routes of all sorts of variety of difficulty and style. There are rules for the park. Annually, there is a fabulous ice festival in January with a terrific ice competition and great demonstrations and lectures. Enjoy!
Thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Access Fund, a $7,000 donation from the Ouray Chamber Resort Association, and a $20,000 anonymous donation; the Ouray Ice Park now has a reliable and constant source of water and a brand new plumbing and delivery system. Also, an extremely generous Ouray family (non-climbers) donated $30,000 in 2008 to help keep the park going.
One note, this area, especially the School Room and Below the Lower Bridge areas have become quite popular on winter weekends. Plan accordingly. A second note, often late in the afternoons, the spigots get turned on to restore/reform ice for your climbing pleasures. Be aware of this, and please don't complain. Finally, be particularly careful with the pipes, spigots, and infrastructure used to create the ice. It is the lifeline for the stuff you love.
There is a volunteer membership for the ice park which can be purchased annually. Its revenues help to support the continued creation of wonderful ice climbing in this venue. Also, this membership and its card can provide discounts at local Ouray establishments. Consider supporting them. Ice Park shirts are available at the Ice Park for sale. You can contact Erin Eddy at 970.325.4288 for more info.
Ice Park website
The Ouray Victorian Inn offers both hotel room and condominium options. 800-846-8729.
Ouray Realty & Rentals at 609 Main St., 866-325-0482 has many options for rentals for groups or those seeking more room.
There is a Comfort Inn on 5th Ave. with wifi.
There is the Wiesbaden with its vapor caves on site.
There is the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs with its hot springs. 970-325-4981 or 800-327-5080. 45 Third Avenue.
The Ouray Hot Springs has multiple outdoor pools that range from 70 F to 106 F that are open until 9pm most days. The cost is $10/day/person. There are multiday discounts. No alcohol is allowed. Main St., here is a little info on our largest pool: Ouray Hot Springs Pool. 970-325-7073
The Wiesbaden has natural vapor caves at 108 F and outdoor pool from 99 F to 102 F with hot springs (77 F to 128 F) available when not full for $15/3 hours/person. No smoking within 3 months of soaking is allowed. 625 5th St. 970-325-4358.
Classic Climbing Routes at Uncompahgre Gorge aka Ouray Ice Park
Days w Precip