Thrilling & Very Active

Mount Blue Sky, Colorado Via Ferrata

Get your heart up on one of our most daring adventure trips! On our Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata course, you will traverse the cliffside in this unique assisted climbing experience, with views of the Rockies and the town of Idaho Springs present the entire way.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

Our Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata represents a type of climbing, where adventurers utilize a combination of ladders, rungs, rails, cables, and bridges to aid in moving across and up a cliff face. This course offers the chance to try out a new outdoor experience, get your blood pumping, and marvel at Colorado scenery the entire way.

Minimum age: 12, minimum weight: 50 lbs., maximum weight: 250 lbs.

Book this trip

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How much

Pricing

From $129

Ages 12+

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What's included

Activities

  • Rock Climbing
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Trip Length

Duration

Half Day

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How Hard

Difficulty

Thrilling & Very Active
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Who can go

Minimum Age

12 years old & Up

What to expect

On Your Via Ferrata Adventure

Mile High Excitement

Travel just 30 minutes from downtown Denver, and you will find yourself cliffside at our Idaho Springs outpost, high above the trees and in the mountainside. Here, thrill seekers have the opportunity to challenge themselves on our unique Mount Bluesky Via Ferrata course. Meaning “Iron Path” in Italian, the Via Ferrata has been a way to explore the cliff sides in Europe for centuries, dating most prominently to World War I when Via Ferratas helped soldiers gain footing and position in the Italian Dolomites.

During the climb, you will get your heart rate up, as you utilize iron rungs, bars, and other features integrated into the cliffside to navigate your way along and across the terrain. You will also have the opportunity to fly on several ziplines and rush down the cliffside in an exciting rappel and a free-fall.

Stunning Scenery

AVA’s Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata in historic Idaho Springs received its name for its proximity to Mount Blue Sky-a local 14er nestled in the Arapaho and Pike National Forests. As you traverse along the rugged cliffside, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the majestic Rocky Mountains, including the iconic peak of Mount Blue Sky.  The summit can be accessed by hiking or from the Mount Evans Byway– the highest paved road in North America! Along the journey, visitors will experience startling views of the alpine landscape and may also encounter bighorn sheep or mountain goats.

woman on ziplining course

Included Gear & Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your Via Ferrata excursion. This includes:

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Gloves

WHAT TO BRING

  • Closed-toed shoes that will stay securely on your feet
  • Longer shorts or pants that will fit with your harness
  • Please avoid scarves or dangly jewelry
  • You may also bring a small backpack for water or layers. Please keep anything valuable locked in the car, to avoid losing anything on the course.
Group on a Via Ferrata course.

Continue the Adventure

Visiting for the day or staying a while? Before or after your AVA adventure, Idaho Springs offers a treasure trove of fun!

Fuel Up for Fun: Replenish your energy at one of the area’s delicious restaurants or breweries. We recommend the legendary mountain crust pizza at Beau Jo’s or a refreshing local brew at Tommyknocker Brewery.

Dive into History: Uncover the area’s rich mining heritage with a tour of the Argo Mill and Tunnel or the Phoenix Gold Mine.

Embrace the Outdoors: Extend your adventure with a hike to the breathtaking St. Mary’s Glacier, the challenging climb of Mount Blue Sky, or explore other scenic trails in the area.

City Escape: Just a quick 25-minute drive awaits Denver, Colorado’s bustling metropolis. Experience the best the state’s largest city has to offer!

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