Colorado Ice Climbing
The San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado are home to some of the most inspiring and classic ice routes in the US. Whether you are new to the sport and seeking instruction or a seasoned alpinist, we’d love to give you a taste of the ice outside our doors.
Mountain Trip is the only AMGA Certified Guide Service in Western Colorado. We are also a permitted guide service in the world famous Ouray Ice Park. This unique venue hosts over 200 man-made ice routes located in the stunning Uncompahgre Gorge, just steps from downtown Ouray. Most routes are less than a 15-minute walk from the Park entrance. Routes are farmed from water pipes above the gorge and are therefore almost always in really good condition. Also known as Little Switzerland, Ouray is a Mecca for ice climbing, and is also famous for its hot springs. With easy access, routes of all grades, and hot pools to relax in after climbing, the Ouray Ice Park is one of the best places to learn how to climb ice on the planet. There is even an area for children to learn, so bring the whole family!
Mountain Trip also holds US Forest Service Permits to guide outside of Ouray, where we have access to routes that range from 100’ to 1,200 feet long! We can also facilitate getting you onto some of the long, alpine ice climbing routes near Silverton or Telluride as well.
We provide instruction in the latest techniques that will help you push yourself and improve as a climber and also guide hard, challenging routes. Emphasis on efficiency and how to organize your systems will help you build a foundation, which will help prepare you for your next big route or just help you have more fun with this exciting sport.
New to the sport? No worries- we’ll provide all the climbing equipment, and you need only show up with your warm clothes for the day. If you have your own gear, you’re free to use it or to try our gear, which is top of the line and the most current equipment available.