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Looking to try something new? Our brand new Colorado Via Ferrata, “The Iron Way”, is a thrilling new adventure that 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 the cliffs with your experienced guides.  To wrap up the trip, you’ll get to zipline back down to the outpost. This tour is perfect for those looking for a new, active experience.

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COLORADO VIA FERRATA: THE IRON WAY 

The Colorado Via 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.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON AVA’S VIA FERRATA

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.

FEATURES OF OUR VIA FERRATA TOUR

From iron rungs and hanging bridges to cliffside trails, you’ll have a wide variety of features to navigate over the course of the tour. 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 this tour includes our 50-foot free fall. 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. One of the best things about this tour is how it interacts and uses the zipline course. On the Via Ferrata tour, you will get the chance to take a ride on some of the ziplines of our Cliffside Zipline Tour.

COMBINE A VIA FERRATA TOUR WITH WHITEWATER RAFTING 

Want to pack even more adrenaline into your day? 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.

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR ON A VIA FERRATA TOUR 

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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