Ouray Ice Park
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Ice Climbing in Ouray
Usually, ice climbers have to slog down miles of trail to reach their objectives. In Ouray, they don’t even have to leave downtown. Located right outside central Ouray, the Ouray Ice Park uses an ingenious system of irrigation pipes to farm ice along the steep sides of the Uncompahgre Gorge, creating a mile of thick, challenging ice for climbers to tackle. The park opens in mid-December and typically functions through the spring; in January, climbers from around the country and the world flock to the town for the Ouray Ice Festival, a weekend-long celebration featuring clinics, slideshows, and a mixed climbing competition.
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