“the iron way”


Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata
Idaho Springs, CO

Conveniently located just 30 minutes west of Denver, AVA’s Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata is equipped with iron rungs along the cliffside, multiple suspended bridges, and even a few ziplines that will fly you over Chicago Creek to conclude your adventure.

Buena Vista, CO

Try out AVA’s newest adventure this year and book a trip on the Granite Via Ferrata. You’ll venture among the treetops above the Arkansas River Valley, traverse across the valley’s notorious granite cliff-faces,  and catch breathtaking views of the Collegiate Peaks on this course.


Colorado Via Ferrata has two thrilling courses in Colorado! The Iron Way can be found in Idaho Springs, CO. This exciting course is our original Via Ferrata and is located conveniently just 30 minutes from downtown Denver. Our Buena Vista course is located in the heart of the Arkansas Valley. Each course takes you mountaineering across the cliffside and integrates exciting elements across the course.

Just 30 minutes west of downtown Denver, our Idaho Springs Outpost is home to the original Iron Way: Colorado Via Ferrata! You’ll traverse the cliffs high above the historic mining town, across planked bridges, rappel down 70 feet and zipline back to the outpost. You can also package your Via Ferrata adventure with a Clear Creek rafting trip!

Take advantage of our multi-adventure packages at both the Buena Vista and Idaho Springs outposts! Along with our Via Ferrata adventure courses, you can hop on a raft for a whitewater rafting adventure for a full day in the Colorado outdoors.

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Adventures Close to Denver, Colorado

AVA’s Idaho Springs outpost is located only 30 minutes west of downtown Denver, making an afternoon adventure in the mountains entirely doable. Idaho Springs is home to AVA’s Cliffside Zipline and Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata course. If you’re wanting a true Rocky Mountain experience, head a bit further west to AVA’s Buena Vista location. There are rustic miner cabins and lodging on site so you can make your way over the night before your adventure and wake up to the crisp air in the Arkansas River Valley before you get ready for your action-packed day.

What makes AVA's Colorado Via Ferratas Special?

With a plethora of summer adventures available and so many outfitters, it’s hard to pick the best one. AVA is Colorado’s premier adventure guide for many different reasons. First of all, our guides are some of the best trained in the country. Every guide starts out in a thorough training course to become proficient in all the gear, safety measures and course procedures. Once you arrive at one of our outposts and get geared up, you’ll go through ground school to learn all the do’s and don’ts of traversing on your Via Ferrata excursion. You’ll feel safe navigating the cliffside on our Via Ferrata courses and your guides will be there to help you along the way. Our courses will take you a few hours to venture through and we’re sure you’ll be smiling ear to ear after conquering this mountaineering trip.



Located just 30 minutes west of I-70 on the cliffside above Idaho Springs, this venture is a combination of ladders, rungs, carved steps, and bridges and will have you on the edge all morning.  Perched among the treetops above the historic mountain town, you’ll catch incredible views of the Continental Divide on this trip… just don’t look down.


Colorado’s summers are unforgettable with blue skies and moderate mountain temperatures. To escape Denver for an afternoon, head out on our Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata or Cliffside Zipline for the perfect outdoor adventure. For quintessential Colorado, don’t miss our Granite Via Ferrata in Buena Vista, with incredible views of the Arkansas River Valley.


Come join AVA Rafting & Ziplining this season for the adventure of a lifetime.  Check out some of our current deals and get your mountain getaway set up for the most affordable price.