RIFLE ICE CLIMBING
World famous Rifle Mountain Park is best known for its cutting edge rock climbs, however it is also home to some fantastic ice climbing. The same convenience and beauty that this small canyon provides in warmer months also applies in the winter. There are several high quality frozen waterfalls found nestled in between some of the rock climbing areas. You can drive into the canyon and the climbs are about as close as you can get: just a minute or two from the parking areas. Rifle Mountain Park is somewhat of a hidden gem in the ice climbing world, especially when compared to more well known areas in Colorado like The Ouray Ice Park; therein lies one of the most attractive features: it is rarely crowded, and welcome respite from the more popular spots! The scenery and ambience here is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer: it is a very peaceful setting. There are climbs here for just about everyone from beginner to expert and on many days, you can also enjoy an afternoon rock climb on one of the sunny walls opposite the ice. It’s a fun way to round out a day on the ice!