International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Ouray Ice Climbing

Ouray Ice Climbing Festival, Colorado

Ouray Ice Climbing with International Mountain Guides

Ouray Ice Climbing Frequently Asked Questions

This information should answer many of your initial questions and also guide you through the next stages of preparing for the expedition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need javascript enabled to view it

How do I get there?

Ouray can be reached by flying into one of several nearby locations. Montrose is the closest and most logical destination (34 miles, 40 minutes driving), Telluride, (47 miles, 1 hour), Grand Junction (96 miles, 2 hours) and Denver (300 miles, 6-7 hours). There is a shuttle service from Montrose and Telluride (Telluride Express, 1-800-800-6228). The shuttle fee is $25 a person one way, with a minimum of 3 persons. We send out a team roster 30 days in advance and encourage teaming up to share the shuttle or a rental car. We will have a vehicle available in Ouray to shuttle climbers to and from the ice climbing areas.

International Mountain Guides has worked for many years with the staff at CTT Destinations to provide professional travel service for participants in our programs. For help with your plans, we urge you to contact Pirjo at CTT Destinations: 800-909-6647 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need javascript enabled to view it

Where do I stay?

Participants are encouraged to stay at the Ouray Victorian Inn in town, right next to the Ice Park. Call early to confirm reservations, ESPECIALLY around the Ice Festival (MLK weekend) 1-800-84-OURAY

Please note: Lodging IS NOT included in the cost of the program. A room-sharing program with team members is available.

What kind of insurance do I need?

IMG requires that all* trip participants purchase Travel Insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation, repatriation and medical expenses for the duration of their IMG program. Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended. Trekking and mountaineering programs are true "adventure travel."

*The insurance requirement does not apply to IMG customers on programs within the continental USA, but is strongly encouraged.

...She taught me to climb with my feet. I was amazed how far I could go without the tools I see everyone using. My gloves got wet, my hands got cold, but with her encouragement and gentle guidance, I got up two-thirds of the wall just with hands and feet! And in the process, I forgot about cold and wet and pain; I began to see why people do this over and over again, and why my husband and his friends return year after year.
~Sarah Cousins Hoopes
(Read Sarah's Ouray Trip Report »)
Thanks for one hell of a trip! Your three-day program was just superb and having accommodations so close to the park was an added bonus! From my vantage point, Matt Farmer and Justin Merle were the most experienced people in the park, bar none. I cannot say enough great things about these two guys...
~David S.
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