Located in a town that bills itself as “the Switzerland of America”, the Ouray Ice Park is a one-of-a-kind Colorado destination that can’t be missed. Stunning frozen waterfalls stretch up the walls of this natural gorge in every direction. Whether you’re there for climbing or just to check it out, the Ouray Ice Park provides views you’ll never forget.

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Elaina Arenz keeps a steady pace up a massive wall of ice.

The Ice Park is home to the internationally renowned Ouray Ice Climbing Festival and is often filled with climbers scampering up its walls with crampons and pickaxes on more than 200 named routes. If you’re able to try the sport out for yourself and end up in the bottom of the gorge, always keep an eye out for falling rock.

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Climbers near the top of Ouray Ice Park.

You never know who you’ll meet in this remote location, including world-famous climbers like Conrad Anker and Dawn Glanc.

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Conrad Ankor shares advice at the bottom of the Ouray Ice Park canyon.

If you’re stopping through, don’t forget to enjoy the town of Ouray as well. Surrounded by mountains, this town is one of the most beautiful in the country and the people there are some of the friendliest you’ll meet.

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Above Ouray, Colorado.

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