Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing in Telluride and surrounding areas

Great ice climbing is found throughout Colorado, from single-pitch cragging, to mixed testpieces, mulitpitch and alpine.

Telluride contains several exceptional (and easily accessible) ice climbs - Bridal Veil Falls, and Ingram Falls are the classics - and many routes are within a short drive. Telluride is truly a Colorado ice climbing destination.

If you've never ice climbed before, it's time to give it a shot. Gear (read: safety) has come a long way as of late, and it's now more fun than ever. If you're interested in whacking your way up a frozen waterfall, contact one of our local Telluride vacation specialists today. Ice climbing is fun for the whole family!

Most Popular Classes

  • Half-Day Summer Snow School - priced from $125/person - This class teaches you how to use an ice axe, self-arrest techniques and climbing skills. Early summer only!
  • Half-Day Introductory Ice Climb - priced from $125/person - Even if you have never even considered ice climbing, you won't want to miss this! Learn how to use ice climbing gear and how to climb your first frozen waterfall!

Bridal Veil Falls

Classic. Before heading up Bridal Veil Falls, be sure to sign the waiver at the trailhead. Use extreme caution as you head up the trail because you pass several avalanche paths on your way to the 300 foot frozen waterfall. Note: Do not climb directly below the Power House and stay off the structure at the top, as these are on private property.

Ames Falls
Though not quite in Telluride, a half-hour to forty-five minute drive gets you there. Can you say steep? The 600 foot Ames Wall contains the mega Ames Ice Hose and several other lines.

A forty-five minutes drive (longer if conditions are not ideal) from Telluride is Ouray, home to the Uncompaghre Gorge and the Ouray Ice Park. This is easily the friendliest place to ice climb in Colorado (if not the world!).


300 S. Mahoney Drive
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States