Quote – Rock & Ice, January 2004, Issue“Ouray, Colorado, practically owns the patent on ice and alpine climbing, but an untapped wealth of rock promises routes enough to swell a guidebook.”

Although Ouray has been a mecca for ice climbers for years, it is now being recognized by world-renowned climbers as having some of the best rock climbing in Colorado. Over 150 climbs have recently been developed in the Ouray area, most of which are single-pitch sport climbs. There are some multi-pitch and traditional routes as well.  Check in with Ouray Mountain Sports for additional information on equipment and the latest edition of the local guide book.

It’s possible to rock climb year-round, weather permitting. Spring, summer and fall, however, are the best seasons. No matter what time of year you come for this challenging sport, a relaxing soak in the 108-degree mineral hot springs is a welcome relief when you return to the lodge.

If you are interested in instruction or guiding for this activity, contact San Juan Mountain Guides.

Read a blog post by our guest blogger, Jason Nelson and check out his guide book of the area, last updated in late 2010.

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