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San Juan Mountain Guides offers Canyoning in Ouray, Colorado – also known as The Switzerland of America. Find out why this is one of Ouray’s iconic, and growing, outdoor pursuits.


San Juan Mountain Guides offers opportunities to experience the Telluride Via Ferrata. This adventure is quickly becoming one our most requested trips in the summer and fall.


When you think of climbing or skiing in Colorado – think of San Juan Mountain Guides. We are the only mountain guide service that is able to guide in both the San Juan Mountains and in Rocky Mountain National Park.


San Juan Mountain Guides’ proximity to Utah and rock climbing destinations like Moab/Castle Valley and Indian Creek offer excellent opportunities to experience the best desert rock climbing in the U.S.


Our programs in Alaska focus around Denali National Park and the amazing technical alpinism contained within. Objectives like the Moose’s Tooth and Peak 11,300 represent iconic achievement in any climber’s career.


Cody, Wyoming and the South Fork of the Shoshone River are quickly becoming recognized as one of the premier ice climbing venues in the U.S. San Juan Mountain Guides is the premier provider of guided ice climbing in this venue.



San Juan Mountain Guides offers inspiring destination climbs and expeditions to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca and Ecuador’s Volcanoes. The South Face of Alpamayo is what dreams are made of for alpine climbers.



San Juan Mountain Guides is the premier provider of Ouray Ice Climbing Courses and Private Guided Programs in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park. We are the Official Concessionaire of the Ouray Ice Park.




Based in Ouray, CO - we are the premier mountain guide service in the region. Cutting edge, professional instruction from AMGA Certified Guides.




The San Juan's is our home range, but we also operate in Rocky Mountain National Park, Alaska's Ruth Gorge, and Peru's Cordillera Blanca.




Stay current on Ice Climbing Conditions in Ouray, Silverton, Telluride. Check back often for conditions reports and updates!


June 24, 2016

Trip Report May 29, 2016: Dreamweaver Route on Mt. Meeker

With the attainment of our permit to Rocky Mountain National Park, our season has begun and we are super excited to share some trip reports with […]
May 5, 2016

Ham n’ Eggs Expedition May 5

Andrés, Owen, and Will are currently resting on the Root Canal Glacier. Yesterday was a huge day for them. They successfully climbed the Mooses’s Tooth formation […]
May 2, 2016

Ham n’Eggs Expedition Recap

Here is a recap of Elías de Andrés Martos’s recent expedition to the Moose’s Tooth to climb Ham n’ Eggs. Our trip to the Moose’s Tooth […]
April 29, 2016

Ham n’ Eggs Expedition 29 April

Elias and his partner had a successful climb of the Moose’s Toothe formation via the Ham n’Eggs route yesterday. He informed us via In Reach message […]
April 28, 2016

Alaska Expedition 28 April 2016

Our first trip to the Ruth Gorge in the Alaska Range is in progression. Elías de Andrés Martos is there with a solid partner. They flew […]
June 8, 2015

A Client’s Perspective: Climbing the Moose’s Tooth

A Custom Climb of the Moose’s Tooth in Denali National Park by Chuck Foster I have been a rock and ice climber off and on since […]
May 18, 2015

San Juan Mountain Series: Vestal Peak

For the next couple of weeks we will introduce to you some of the most legendary peaks of the Mighty San Juan Mountain Range. No two […]
March 16, 2015

Meet Your Guide For The Alpamayo Expedition (19,511 ft): Andres Marin

Andres grew up in Ibague, Colombia. His passion for guiding has allowed him to guide in all types of terrains, such as rock, alpine, skiing and […]
January 19, 2015

Why You Should Join Our Ice Climbing Trip to Cody, Wyoming

When it comes to Ice Climbing, the San Juan Mountains can be hard to beat. With Classic Routes located in our backyard and with the Ouray […]
January 7, 2015

5 Things To Do While Attending the Ouray Ice Festival

For a full list of events check out the Official Ouray Ice Festival Site! – Visit Ouray’s Brewery Arguably the best way to celebrate a successful […]
December 27, 2014

Gear Review: OR Women’s Conviction Pant

A Guide’s Perspective by Lindsay Fixmer AMGA Certified Rock Guide & Assistant Alpine Guide Upon arriving in Ouray, CO early this December for the winter ice […]
December 10, 2014

Gear Review: OR Lodestar Jacket

The Lodestar Jacket With winter upon us in here in the San Juans, our technical layers take on added importance. SW Colorado and the San Juan […]