The Best Four Days in Ouray

Do you have more than a weekend to spend in one of North America’s best ice climbing venues? The Best Four Days in Ouray is an itinerary intended for the climber interested in a proper sampling of the ice climbing of southwest Colorado. Our guides will show you around the Ouray Ice Park and many of the backcountry climbs the region is famous for!

The transition from Peak Mountain Guides to Mountain Trip has happened! Please contact Mountain Trip’s Telluride, CO office at 970-369-1153 to book this course.

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The Best Ice Climbing Itinerary

This is an offering we like to call a “collection of awesome”. These are itineraries linking together our favorite objectives in the way we’d choose to experience them with our friends (i.e. YOU)! All of our offerings are 100% customizable, and the sample itinerary below is no exception. By spending almost a week with us, your guide will get to know you and be better able to craft an experience that’s just right for you.

Day 1:
The first day will be spent in the Ouray Ice Park. The convenience and variety of climbing here makes the Ice Park a perfect venue to review and/or learn ice climbing movement. On this day your guide will be focused on helping you advance your movement and at the same time talking through a plan for the week.

Day 2:
The second day is often spent in the Ouray Ice Park as well. Two days in the Ice Park, you ask? With over 200 named climbs there’s more than one entire season of climbing here! While the first day was focused on movement skill, this day is focused on exploring the Ice Park’s more exciting and less accessible climbing.

Rest Day:
Even those of us who live for climbing understand the value of a rest day. Take the day to soak in the hot springs while what you’ve learned soaks in and get rested up for the next two days of awesome. If you’re a savage warrior who doesn’t take rest days, no problem. We’re happy to condense the itinerary to 4 days in a row or add a day of backcountry skiing or snowshoeing to allow your arms to catch up.

Day 3:
This is moderate day in the backcountry to get your groove on. If your group is larger than 2 a second guide will join the party to allow multipitch climbing. Depending on what your guide has learned of your goals and interests, this day could be spent in the Skylight area doing several shorter climbs in the backcountry near Ouray.

Day 4:
You’ve spent the whole week preparing for this day, the final objective. Peak has permits to virtually the entire range and we’re keen to get out and do something classic! Options are abound and you are ready for a big day. Climbs such as Stairway to Heaven, Whorehouse Hoses, Horsetail Falls, and The Ribbon are all on the list of possibilities!


Group Size

This is a private program, no one else will be paired with your party and you pick the dates.


December 1 – March 20

Time and Place

Each day is a custom affair. In general, you can expect to meet here at the Peak Guide House at 311 Main Street in Ouray at 7:30 am and finish up around 3:30 pm. Days in the Ice Park usually stick to a predictable schedule while backcountry days tend to vary and often include an earlier start.

Equipment List

All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
View equipment list as a PDF

Get in Touch, We’ll Help You Sort This Out!

Really, just call or text! We specialize in getting to know you and planning the best trip possible with our partner, you.

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135 W Colorado Ave 2A | Telluride, C0 81435

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.