Enjoy the best of winter in the San Luis Valley at the Rio Frio Ice Fest in Alamosa, Colorado. The entire weekend is packed full of fun winter activities including the Rio Frio 5K, ice carving and sculptures, an icy bonfire, Polar Plunge, and an ice carousel.
This year’s festival takes place from Friday to Sunday, January 27th to 29th, 2023 at locations around Alamosa. Here are some of the highlights of the winter event:
Friday, January 27th
Luminaria Gathering – Head on over to the Cattails Golf Course for the Luminaria X-country skiing gathering. Hit the groomed trails with the beauty of the San Juans surrounding you. Note, participants must bring their own gear.
Saturday, January 28th
Rio Frio 5K – The Rio Frio 5K kicks off at 10 am at the Rio Grande near Cole Park. This 5K isn’t your typical running race as the route is set along the frozen Rio Grande River. For those a bit unsure about running on ice, don’t worry, there is typically a nice layer of snow that offers enough traction to complete the race.
Ice Sculpting – At noon, the ice sculpting demonstration kicks off on Main Street in downtown Alamosa. Watch in awe as award-winning artists from Colorado Ice Sculptures transform frozen blocks into beautiful creations based on the annual theme.
Disc Golf Tournament – Put your disc golf skills to the test as you battle it out against other community teams at the Alamosa Disc Golf Course.
Rio Frio Flight – Sample some of Alamosa’s most popular alcoholic beverages at the Rio Frio Flight event, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fire and Ice Bonfire – Come see the chimney made of ice as it is lit on fire and be sure to bring your camera!
Sunday, January 29th
Ice Climbing Trip – Narrow Ridge Outdoors hosts this full-day ice climbing trip in celebration of the festival. You must call ahead to book a spot.
Polar Plunge – Take the plunge and walk the plank into the icy waters at Blanca Vista Ranch Ponds. Or just sit back and cheer on those who dare. Be sure to also take a ride aboard the ice carousel for extra cool points.
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Address: Alamosa, CO 81101
Date: Friday – Sunday | January 27–29, 2023
Cost: Event fees vary