The Local Experts Since 1986
San Juan Mountain Guides was founded in 1986 and the original owners were instrumental in the creation of the Ouray Ice Park as well as in the development of mountain guiding in the San Juans. Since that time, San Juan Mountain Guides has grown its operation to the entire San Juan Range – offering guided mountain adventures on over 4 million acres of public lands encompassing 5 national forests and multiple wilderness areas. In addition, we regularly guide in 5 other mountain states and lead numerous foreign adventures.
We are The Local Experts!
- Locally Owned and Operated: Since 1986, San Juan Mountain Guides has been both Durango and Ouray, Colorado’s premier climbing guide service that is also 100% locally owned and family operated!
- Only the Best Guides – Our guides are meticulously selected because they are 1) fun to be with in the mountains, 2) incredible teachers and instructors, 3) recognized as the best athletes in their discipline – among the finest climbers and skiers in the industry, and 4) love what they do. Our guides genuinely enjoy working with every ability level from children or rank beginners to high end athletes wanting to learn cutting edge techniques and climb some of the hardest routes in the world.
- Guide Certification: All of our guides are AMGA or IFMGA Certified. These certifications insure that our clients are working with the best mountain practitioners in the industry.
- Office & Logistical Support: We prioritize your experience from the moment of your initial inquiry and/or reservation. We feature a full-time office staff throughout the year to help with your reservation and any other logistical help that you may require prior to your trip. No other guide service in the region can match our attention to detail and customer service!
Click on any guide photo to review their biography and certifications.