Looking to try something new? Head 30 minutes west of Denver to our Mount Evans Via Ferrata. This thrilling adventure is sure to test your limits and get your adrenaline pumping! This memorable experience will take you on the cliffs above historic Idaho Springs and Chicago Creek. You’ll travel across suspended bridges, cables, rungs and trails as you traverse with your experienced guides. To wrap up the trip, you’ll get to zipline back down to the outpost.
If you crave an excursion further into the Rocky Mountains, AVA’s Buena Vista outpost is home to our newest adventure – the Granite Via Ferrata. Positioned at the base of the towering 14,000+ foot Collegiate Peaks, this course will have you living on the edge after you zipline to your starting point. You’ll jump a 75-foot free fall, ascend crags, and rappel above the Arkansas River Valley. AVA’s Via Ferrata tours are perfect for those looking for a new, active experience.
Idaho Springs, Colorado
The Mount Evans Ferrata is a three-hour guided tour that traverses the cliff faces above historic Idaho Springs. Part mountaineering, part assisted rock climbing, this unique excursion incorporates ziplines, rappelling, and suspended bridges for an experience that’s sure to have your heart pounding.
Buena Vista, Colorado
The Collegiate Peaks are the backdrop for this challenging course on granite rock above the Arkansas River Valley. You’ll zipline to your starting point, then spend a few hours ascending crags, rappelling down a steep rock face, jumping into a 75-foot free fall, and venturing along the cliffside.
Via Ferratas were first used during World War I as an alternative to rock climbing to scale a rock face. It may be an alternative to climbing, but you can expect to climb a bit during this tour. Most of the climbing will involve iron rungs mounted on the cliffs, making the route more accessible than a traditional rock climbing experience. You’ll still get to rappel down the cliffs just like a traditional rock climber. You’ll also receive a full orientation from your guides prior to venturing onto the Via Ferrata, so you’ll know exactly how to use your equipment.
From iron rungs and hanging bridges to cliffside trails, you’ll have a wide variety of features to navigate over the course of these tours. Your friendly guides will help you through each section of the Via Ferrata while providing any assistance you might need and plenty of entertainment.
We hope you are ready to push yourself to the edge, because both of these tours feature breathtaking free falls. You’ll walk out onto the bridge, hang your toes off the edge and step off. Feel the adrenaline rush of experiencing true free fall before our auto-belay system catches you and lowers you to the ground below. And not to worry, both Via Ferrata courses incorporate zipline into them as well so you won’t miss out on any aerial adventures.
Want to pack even more adrenaline into your day? Treat yourself with AVA’s Whitewater Rafting + Via Ferrata adventure packages.
Rafting + Via Ferrata Packages in Idaho Springs
Clear Creek is one of Colorado’s best destinations for whitewater rafting of all levels, and it flows right past the Via Ferrata. Choose from family friendly, adventurous or high intensity river trips for a full day of thrills. Afterwards, head into historic Idaho Springs for a bite to eat or a local microbrew to toast a fantastic day.
Rafting + Via Ferrata Packages in Buena Vista
The world-famous Arkansas River is combined with an incredible mountaineering excursion with these packages. The variety of whitewater rapids is large, leaving you to decide between mild and scenic stretches of river to some of the most difficult commercially rafted whitewater.
AVA provides all technical equipment for your tour, including a helmet, climbing harness, and the specially designed safety device that will anchor you to the cliff walls. You are responsible for bringing sturdy, closed-toed shoes and comfortable, athletic clothing. Be sure to check the weather forecast so you can bring additional layers or rain gear as needed. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended.
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