Ouray Rotary Park

[Western Colo. | February 2020 | San Juan Silver Stage | By Ninah Hunter]

The Colorado Western Slope is a winter wonderland of fun and outdoor activity offering crowd-free venues for almost every winter sport, including ice skating. From figure skating to hockey or broomball—whether recreational or competitive, on indoor Zamboni-groomed ice rinks, outdoor maintained arenas, or naturally frozen lakes—there is ice skating of all kinds for all levels and ages.

Ouray. The Ouray Ice Rink at Rotary Park offers one of the most picturesque outdoor arenas in Colorado. It is open and lit at night for an amazing experience skating under the stars. Bring your own skates or rent them at the Ouray Hot Springs. Hockey and broomball leagues are formed each winter for some competitive fun on the ice.

Silverton. Kendall Mountain Recreation Area hosts an outdoor ice rink set among the jagged San Juan Mountain peaks, making moonlight skating a memorable experience. Skate rentals are available.

Reflection Plaza Ice Skating Rink, Telluride Mountain Village

Telluride/Mountain Village. The Town of Telluride has two ice rinks, an outdoor rink with a warming hut and restrooms and Hanley Ice Rink in Town Park. Hanley is a fully enclosed, refrigerated NHL-size hockey rink. Skate rentals are available at the Telluride Nordic Center. In Mountain Village, the large, family friendly outdoor rink in Reflection Plaza operated by Hotel Madeline is open daily from noon to 8 P.M., with a free skate hour from noon to 1 P.M.

Grand Junction. The Glacier Ice Arena in Grand Junction is the only year-round, NHL-size indoor rink in Western Colorado. It’s a multi-service facility offering public ice skating, competitive and recreational figure skating, CMU Hockey and adult recreational hockey, broomball, and related classes and clinics. For something less civilized, head over to Highline Lake State Park or to one of the many Grand Mesa lakes to try ice skating in its most natural and splendid state.

This is just a sampling of ice skating and related sports options in this region. Whatever may float your boat or, rather, glide your skates, you’ll find it in Western Colorado.