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Via Ferrata: Why everyone is grabbing a harness and trying this new adventure in Colorado

Via Ferrata Colorado

Via ferrata is quickly becoming one of the most popular adventure activities in the world. Lots of people are intrigued by rock climbing but are nervous to try it out but many are finding that via ferratas are a perfect alternative!  We’ll break down some of the courses in Colorado that you’ll definitely check out!

Safety and fun experiences

Via ferrata is a great way to safely climb more advanced routes and to gain access to peaks that would normally require special equipment and advanced skills. Via ferrata courses use a series of steel cables, iron rungs, ladders, pegs, carved steps and bridges that are attached to the natural landscapes. Climbers are attached by two leashes to a metal fixture that limits falls.

Views and adrenaline

Royal Gorge Via Ferrata

Canon City’s via ferrata offers one of a kind breathtaking views of the Royal Gorge and views of the Arkansas River from above. Canon City has a little something for everyone. With three beginner routes and three advance routes that climb between 200 and 500ft in elevation. This course is open year round (weather permitting).

Mount Evans Via Ferrata – Idaho Springs

AVA’s Idaho Springs via ferrata offers spectacular views of Mount Evans! This course also has exhilarating zip lines along the route and with a 70-foot rappel and a 50-foot free fall; This one is definitely for the adrenaline junky! The course is a little less than a mile long and about 300 feet in elevation with a max altitude of 7,830 feet.

Granite Via Ferrata – Buena Vista

AVA’s Buena Vista Granite Via Ferrata starts at 8,700 feet in elevation and goes up 220 feet in just over a mile. To begin your adventure you will zipline into the course at the base of the Collegiate Peaks! With a 60 foot free fall, several suspension bridges, and a 70-foot rappel down a rock face this via ferrata is truly one of the best in the country! The course is built above the Arkansas River, so keep your eyes peeled for rafters.

Estes Park Via Ferrata

This course will have you ascending roughly 600 vertical feet and includes plenty of traversing as well! Enjoy the beautiful views of Rocky Mountain national park and the surrounding areas. These panoramas of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and the valley below that in the past were only visible by experienced rock climbers can now be seen from the via ferrata routes.

Cave of the Winds Via Ferrata – Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs Via Ferrata is located at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park in Manitou Springs. This Via Ferrata has it all! From the beautiful limestone cliffs and rock walls of Williams Canyon to climbing on the rock face, a cargo net and a balance beam, and finishing on a zipline!

Telluride Via Ferrata

Telluride’s via ferrata can be accessed by either the east or west end. The route is sometimes referred to as “Krogeratta” and has unbelievable views of Bridal Veil Falls, the San Juan peaks and the town below. This course is longer than most as it typically takes 4-6 hours as you do the entire two mile route from east to west.

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