Ouray Ice Climbing Ouray Ice Climbing Festival, Colorado

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:

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). Grand Junction (96 miles, 2 hours) and Denver (300 miles, 6-7 hours) are also options. It's easy to rent a car, or there are two shuttle service options from Montrose to Ouray: Western Slope Rides, and Telluride Express, We send out a team roster a couple of weeks in advance and encourage teaming up to share the shuttle or a rental car.

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 DeHart at CTT Destinations: 425-831-0367 or

Where do I stay?

There are several options for Ouray lodging! Please note, your fees do not cover lodging before, during, or after the program. Due to the volume of travel to Ouray in the winter months, it's recommended to make hotel reservations early.

The Ouray Quality Inn has clean rooms, a nice breakfast, and is situated in downtown Ouray. Both Box Canyon Lodge and Twin Peaks Lodge are close to the Ice Park and have natural hot springs on site. Other options in downtown include the Beaumont Hotel and Hotel Ouray, two historic lodges on Main Street.

What kind of insurance do I need?

Trip cancellation and interruption coverages are strongly recommended as all fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Be sure the policy you select covers mountaineering activities. You can find more information on our Travel Insurance page.

What's included in the expedition fee?

Costs Included in Trip Fee:

  • IMG guides
  • All training curriculum and instruction
  • Group equipment including tents, stoves, climbing ropes and hardware
  • Climbing permits

Costs Not Included in Trip Fee:

  • Lodging, meals and snacks during the program
  • Personal clothing and climbing equipment found on the Gear List
  • Transportation