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 at CTT Destinations: 800-909-6647 or

Where do I stay?

There are many options to choose from in the town of Ouray. Recommended options include:

Hotel Ouray, 303 6th Ave
A newly restored historic hotel right on main street.

Comfort Inn, 191 5th Ave
Clean rooms, good value and nice breakfast

Victorian Inn, 50, 3rd Ave
The historic "climbers choice" with new management

Box Canyon lodge, 45, 3rd Ave
Right across from the Vic and equally nice

St Elmo Hotel, 426 Main ST
Smaller, well-appointed hotel with a great restaurant

Beaumont Hotel, 505 Main ST
A nicely restored historic building right on Main Street

Make your reservations early, ESPECIALLY around the Ice Festival. Lodging is not included in the cost of the program. Team members are encouraged to share rooms.

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 contiguous USA (excluding Alaska) but is strongly encouraged.

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