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4 New Activities to Try This Summer for First-Time Colorado Visitors

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Via Ferrata, is it an obstacle course or a test of endurance? This unique AvA adventure; not only brings on the excitement, but it provides you with a vantage point to some of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain top views. Via Ferrata, an Italian word, which translates to the iron path, has a history as long as the mountains they inhabit. They originated in Italy during WW1 and after, some time, have sporadically engulfed the world. They first made their appearance on the Austrian Dachstein mountain in 1843. Via Ferrata made their re-appearance in the 19th century throughout the alps and Pyrenees until the beginning of the 20th century.  

 Idaho springs Via Ferrata, The iron path amongst the gold

AVA Idaho springs Via Ferrata website  (click-me)

Idaho Spring is commonly known for its rich history in the mining industry. As well as being the birthplace of the 1859 gold rush, it now fosters some of Colorado’s most exciting and thrilling adventures. Idaho Springs is home to Mount Evans Via Ferrata, a 14,000+ foot peak about 30 – 40 mins from Denver. This high-flying aerial adventure brings all your senses to life, along with your guide, horizontally scale the mountain top as you traverse through the clouds zipping and climbing through this heart-pumping adventure. 

Mount Evans Via Ferrata videos – Click me 

Two men scaling a rock face with a mountain in the background

 WHAT TO EXPECT                                                                    

– The course is over a scenic Idaho spring and Chicago creek

– Your climb is about 300 feet above ground 

– 3 hours tour 

– Age limit – 12 

– Maximum weight – 250 

What’s included and what to expect: Link to trips – (click-me

AVA Rafting & Zipline strives to create the best adventure Experience. We work hard towards; making sure all guests are ready for a great time and a safe time. All Via Ferrata adventures provide guests with a helmet, harness, and instruction on how to proceed on the course. This course embarks over the Idaho springs and Chicago creek area, fitted with a 500 feet free fall, a 70-foot rappel, and an array of suspended bridges situated 300 feet above the beautiful Chicago creek. (Just look down.)

Things you can bring 

● good shoes for the hike in

● Comfy, athletic style pants

● Water Bottle

● Sunscreen

● Backpack

Granite Via Ferrata, the iron path with a Buena Vista (good view)

AVA Granite Via Ferrata website – (click-me) 

Buena Vista, translated as (good view) in Spanish, is located right between collegiate peaks and the good old Arkansas river. Granite Via Ferrata, along with the town, is located in the southern region of Colorado. This beautiful town reaching an elevation of 8,000 ft is known for its laid-back mountain town vibes, as well as the massive 14,000+ ft mountain that is home to the Granite via Ferrata. 

–  Granite Via Ferrata videos – Get a sneak peek at the adventure that awaits: ( Click me ) 

WHAT TO EXPECT                                                                    

– The course is located right between collegiate peaks and the good old Arkansas river

– 3 Hour tour 

– minimum age 12 

– maximum weight – 250lbs 

A girl in an orange shirt with her arms up while traversing a rock face with a mountain in the background

BOOK NOW!!! For Your Adventure Needs

AVA prides itself in providing all guests with a great adventure experience; From our sales team that helps you book and plan your trips to the dedicated instructors that make sure each trip is safe, fun, and memorable. You and your family should check out the many fall options that we have for this season. Get a little wet on our upper colorado float trips that take place in good ole Kremmling home of the colorado river. Join us for our end-of-the-season float trips a great way to close the season with a splash. 

Easy access to your last-minute summer fun 

 –Book me today – Mount Evans or Granite Via Ferrata  

 – Book me today – Upper colorado river rafting trips 

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