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Outdoor Industry Partners

San Juan Mountain Guides carefully selects its industry partners and technical gear/outerwear sponsors. We not only support the way these partners do business with their customers, but our Guides and Guests use and abuse the gear we receive from each company. Take a look at their websites and see for yourself all the excellent products these companies offer.

Outdoor Research

San Juan Mountain Guides features technical outerwear by OR. Their focus on creating functional solutions for human powered adventure results in superbly designed product. Their commitment to quality means their gear lasts, and the Infinite Guarantee needs no explanation.

Osprey Packs

Their mission is to create innovative high performance gear that reflects our love of adventure and our devotion to the outdoors. We think they do a great job, so check out their amazing line up of packs for adventures of all types and sizes. Guide favorites are the Kode 38 and Mutant 38.

Black Diamond Equipment

At Black Diamond it’s all about climbing and skiing. They share the same experiences that you do on rock, ice and snow and these experiences push them to make the best gear possible for the worldwide family of climbers and skiers.


La Sportiva

La Sportiva possesses a strong passion for the mountains and the environment this is why there is always a consciousness of what kind of impact the factory has on the outdoor world. By using a proactive approach to business La Sportiva Italy can critically check existing processes as well as do extensive research to develop ways of reducing negative impacts and creating the best possible product for its consumers.


BlueWater Ropes

We are a climbing company. We are a family-owned American rope manufacturer with climbing in our DNA. Our roots trace back to the family textile business that began manufacturing in Georgia in 1903. We were the first American rope company to make a dynamic climbing rope and ever since those early days we’ve continued to make our trusted ropes even better. After six consecutive generations in textile manufacturing, BlueWater Ropes is THE standard in quality and durability.

Wagner Custom Skis

We feature an entire fleet of Wagner Custom Skis for our backcoutnry ski touring guests. The uniquely tailored combination of ski materials, flex and geometry that results will improve your balance, control, and efficiency on snow, ultimately making skiing more comfortable and fun. Since 2006, Wagner Custom has been the gold standard in custom skis

Basecamp Bouldering

Ouray’s premier climbing gym and retail store, Basecamp is catered to climbers of all skill levels. Basecamp is the hub for both local and visiting climbing communities!

Pine Needle Mountaineering

Durango’s premier climbing, camping, hiking, and ski shop since 1976. Located in the heart of the San Juan Mountain Range in Colorado, their expert staff is dialed-in, and eager to provide the most up-to-date information about the activities we all love.

Ouray Mountain Sports

Located in Ouray, Colorado, in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, we have a great selection of equipment to help you pursue all your outdoor passions.  They caters to the high-end rock climber or alpinist as well as the hiker, trekker or just your average outdoor enthusiast.

Friends of the Ouray Via Ferrata

Friends of the Ouray Via Ferrata (FOVF) was organized as a non profit 501(c)(3) to execute a plan to install a world class Via Ferrata on property owned by the City of Ouray in the Ice Park gorge. FOVF has obtained all required approvals, raised funds, and contracted with professionals to engineer and install the required improvements.

American Mountain Guides Assoc.

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) has been dedicated to supporting the guiding community through excellence in education, standards, and certification to enhance the quality of services provided to the public, while serving as a resource for accessing and protecting the natural environment.

American Alpine Club

They protect the places we climb, advocate for American climbers around the world, preserve climbing’s history and chronicle climbing achievement. The AAC’s ongoing commitment to inspiring and supporting climbers dates back to 1902, when the country’s leading climbers and conservationists banded together to form the Club.


You can rest assured you’ll get the same information from any AIARE course or instructor no matter where you take your course. Rather than wasting time shopping for a good curriculum and quality materials, leave that to AIARE; you can concentrate on finding a course that has a location, venue, and instructor team that meets your personal needs.

The Ouray Ice Park

The Ouray Ice Park (the Park) is a man-made ice climbing venue operated in a spectacular natural gorge just outside the town of Ouray, CO. It is home to more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs, most within a 15-minute walk of the Park entrance. The Park and its infrastructure are jointly owned and managed by the City of Ouray, the nonprofit Ouray Ice Park, Inc. (OIPI), and a mix of other private and public landowners.

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Red Mountain Alpine Lodge

The Red Mountain Alpine Lodge is the area’s newest year-round, off-grid custom-built backcountry lodge. Situated atop Red Mountain Pass at 11,000′, the custom timber frame lodge offers incredible access to the best backcountry terrain in the San Juan Mountains. Amazing accommodations in a breathtaking location combined with the best access to all types of recreation opportunities are what sets this lodge apart from all others in the US.



The Ophir Pass Ultimate Ski Hut (OPUS) is a completely self-sufficient and off-the-grid lodge that also boasts some of the country’s most spectacular mountain surroundings and all the amenities you need when the sun goes down after a long day of play. The backcountry skiing possibilities are endless.


Ouray Premier Vacation Rentals

Premier Vacation Rentals group is your first stop for finding a place in Ouray, Colorado to stay and enjoy these awesome sights and activities! They offer many excellent vacation rental homes of all types and sizes for individuals, families, and groups.

The United States Forest Service

San Juan Mountain Guides is an authorized permit holder in the San Juan National Forest, the Grand Mesa/Uncompahgre National Forest, and the Shoshone National Forest.

The National Park Service

San Juan Mountain Guides is an Authorized Concessionaire in Rocky Mountain National Park.  SJMG is also an authorized permit holder in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Denali National Park, and Mt. Rainier National Park.

The Bureau of Land Management

San Juan Mountain Guides is an authorized permit holder in the Cedar Mesa Grand Gulch BLM, Indian Creek BLM,  Moab Castle Valley BLM, and the Tres Rios/Silverton BLM.