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With some of the biggest and most committing climbs in all of Colorado this is the place to be for adventure ice climbs. Far away from the ice park crowds these routes have a deservedly more serious air to them.

More experienced climbers looking to push themselves will find a variety of climbs. With just enough traffic to keep the trail breaking to a minimum these are some of the first climbs to appear in the San Juan mountains. 

While there are many classic ice climbs in a spectacular setting there are also a handful of moderate climbs and a little bit of single pitch for those who may just be learning to ice climb. With this location in the midst of some of the best ice climbing in North America this is the perfect place to enjoy an adventure and when mid winter conditions call for a storm we also offer backcountry skiing in the area.

Eureka/Silverton Backcountry Ice Climbing

Eureka/Silverton Ice Climbing Information


Ice Climbing in the Eureka/Silverton area usually starts in mid to late November and lasts frequently til late April. To avoid hazardous avalanche conditions early season ice and late season ice can be prefered for the backcountry.

Guided Ice Climbing Rates

1 Guide Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Guest $329 $389 $449
2 Guests $269 $329 $389
3 Guests $219 $269 $329
4 Guests $169 $219 $269
2 guides to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Guests $139 $169 $219

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $269/person for a total of $807. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 9AM starts for most ice climbing December through March for best use of time and ice conditions.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

Silverton is a small town located on US 550 between Durango and Ouray. While flights are available to Durango and Montrose which connect from Denver most people fly into Grand Junction and drive a few hours.

Typical Meeting Location:

This is home to some of the best ice climbs in Colorado. These are serious climbing objectives with significant approaches, serious avalanche hazards, and sometimes fickle conditions.

Climb Name Climb Description
Stairway to Heaven (WI4, 7 pitches) While the approach is only about an hour or less it's well worth it for one of the biggest moderate climbs in the state. With consistent difficulty and comfortable belay stances it's a classic for a reason. Cotton Mouth
Whorehouse Hoses (WI4/5, 3 pitches) Not far from the parking area this climb hides most of the enjoyable climbing in the San Juans that gives an isolated feel. With a couple variations near the top and very long pitches this is an excellent outing without as much committment. Sherman Route
Hoser's Highway (WI5, 4 pitches) Not far beyond Stairway to Heaven this is just a bit shorter and a bit more difficult for those who are looking to try some of the more challenging routes in the area. Open Casket

Trips Include

-Group climbing equipment (ropes, carabiners, etc).

-Individual climbing equipment (harness, helmet, climbing shoes, and belay devices).

-Guide with AMGA Training and Certification for climbing and instruction.

Trip Excludes

-Transportation to climbing sites or any sort of lodging.

-Guide gratuities.

-Personal clothing and footwear.

-Personal snacks and water.

-Trip Insurance

-Other costs not associated with services provided by The Colorado Climbing Company.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If for some reason you need to cancel your course or trip outside of 30 days you will receive a full refund less service charges to cover our costs incurred. For trips less than $500 this service charge is $50 and for those more than $500 this service charge is $100 or 10% of the trip cost, whichever is greater. If you must cancel within 30 days of the course or trip a refund of 50% will be given. All balances are due in full before the start of any course or trip and no refunds will be given beyond the course or trip date. In the case of unsafe conditions, weather or other circumstances beyond our control we will do our best to reschedule or issue a credit for a future trip. If this isn't possible you will receive a refund less the previously outlined service charges.