Climb water ice routes in backcountry areas near Ouray, Colorado.

Getting There

Flying into Denver with a 5-6 hour drive or flying into Grand Junction with a 2 hour drive are the most common ways to get to Ouray. A vehicle capable of driving in winter conditions is required to reach any backcountry ice climbing route.


  • Stay in any local hotel, Airbnb, etc.

Climbing Areas & Routes

There are many climbing routes and areas near Ouray with ice climbing difficulties ranging from WI2 to WI6.

  • Dexter Falls
  • Ames Ice Hos
  • Bridal Veil
  • Camp Bird Road


  • Digital Guidebook: Ouray Ice by Jason Nelson (rakkup.com).
  • Guidebook: Colorado Ice, Vol. 1, 2nd ed. by Jack Roberts (Polar Star Publishing 2005).
  • Consult the Colorado Avalanche Information Center for weather and avalanche information and forecasts.

Information for Leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If traveling to the ice park with an organized group, please use the Ouray Ice Park route/place to schedule your activity.
  • For individual routes and climbing areas, consult the appropriate land manager for permit information and regulations.
  • This route/place allows multiple bookings. If you're planning a climb on the same day as another Mountaineers group, please be sure to coordinate the routs you'll be climbing to minimize our impact.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Water Ice
  • Seasons: January, February, March, December
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Intermediate Ice Climb, Water Ice Climb
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 4
  • Maximum Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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