You’ve made the decision to try out AVA’s Mount Evans Via Ferrata in Idaho Springs, so you’re already off to a good start. Why not make a day of it and combine your 3-hour mountaineering excursion with some other action-packed activities? Here are 5 great adventures to pair with your Mount Evans Via Ferrata this fall.
1. The Bike Bar in Denver, Colorado
If you’re out and about for a ladies or guys trip, bachelor or bachelorette party, or a reunion of your college crew, you’ll have plenty of time in the afternoon for this awesome activity in the heart of Denver. Try out a morning Via Ferrata trip just 30 minutes west of the Denver area to get your heart pumping, then head back to the big city to Denver’s Bike Bar. Denver Booze Cruise hosts 2-hour bike rides through Denver, and your rig will be equipped with a bumpin’ sound system and lights. You can fit 6 or 12 people on these cruises and hit up plenty of popular bars in the Mile High City over the course of two hours.
2. Check out the Rich Mining History in Idaho Springs, Colorado
Idaho Springs is where the gold rush began back in the mid-1800’s, so for history buffs there are plenty of attractions just moments away from AVA’s Mount Evans Via Ferrata. Check out the Argo Tunnel or the Pheonix Gold Mine to learn more about mining in this Rocky Mountain town. At the Argo Mine the guides will give a demonstration of the mining equipment that is outside of the office. Once done there you will go up to the ore mine, the Double Eagle. The mill is 5 stories and while in there you will see all types of old items that were left from when the Argo was booming. At the bottom you see all types of old photos and other items that give a great representation of how the mine ran in its heyday and don’t forget about gold panning. At the end of the tour you get a lesson and whatever gold you find you can keep.
3. Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado
Another Denver attraction that pairs well with a Via Ferrata tour is Elitch Gardens. This theme park is open on the weekends through the month of October. From September 28th, 2018 to October 28th, 2018 is Fright Fest. It is family friendly during the day when the kiddos can enjoy free candy on the trick or treat trail, then once the sun begins to set Fright by Night starts with shrieks, shrills, and chills and be alert as creatures are lurking all over. Make this Halloween season one for the books with this thrilling combo.
4. Explore St. Mary’s Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado
Can’t get enough of the outdoors? We don’t blame you. There’s an incredible hike just outside of Idaho Springs that you can venture up for some great views and Colorado backcountry fun. It’s just under a mile up to the glacial lake. Be aware, it’s not the easiest hike but the reward is well worth it. Catch the tail end of Colorado’s incredible fall foliage on this trek before or after your Via Ferrata tour!
5. Check Out Sapphire Point in Summit County
If you’re staying in Breckenridge, Frisco, or the Keystone area, take a scenic drive for the afternoon along Swan Mountain. At the top you’ll stumble upon Sapphire Point which includes a short hike and the most breathtaking views in Summit County. Pack a picnic and have a late lunch at this incredible lookout spot high above Lake Dillon with spanning sights of the Tenmile Range.