Thrilling & Very Active

Colorado Via Ferrata – Granite

Adventure awaits as you conquer the cliffside on this unique mountaintop climbing experience. Feel a rush of adrenaline as you traverse across and above the Arkansas River Valley, using iron rungs, bars, and other features to ascend. Your stomach will drop on our hanging bridge and freefall flight line!

The Highlights Of Your Trip

Rappel down a rock face, ascend crags, and cross suspended bridges on AVA’s Granite Via Ferrata. This excursion will have your heart pumping as you climb the best of Colorado’s Rockies at the feet of the 14,000+ Collegiate Peaks. Our course is built directly into the mountainside, offering remarkable views of Colorado scenery the entire way.

Minimum age: 12, minimum weight: 75 lbs., maximum weight: 250 lbs.

Book this trip


How much


From $109

Ages 12+ 15% off
with promo SUMMERDAZE15


What's included


  • Via Ferrata

Trip Length


Half day


How Hard


Thrilling & Very Active

Who can go

Minimum Age

12 years old & Up

What an AVA GRANITE VIA FERRATA looks like

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • half-day, up to 3 hour climbing tour with features built into the Rocky Mountains
  • A climbing experience with an emphasis on accessible features, including iron rungs and bars
  • Opportunities to soar on several lines from our zipline course, traverse hanging bridges, and rappel down the clffside
  • The flight line: a unique, heart-pounding adventure as you spring from the cliff face into a 78-foot freefall
  • Unparalleled mountain views

B. Trip Itinerary

  • Meet your guide and gear up at our Buena Vista outpost
  • Take a short ride in our truck to the beginning of your adventure
  • Fly on several lines from our zipline course
  • Conquer the mountainside by climbing up crags and across rungs
  • Experience the 78 foot drop of our flight line
  • Return to the outpost to review your trip photos

C. Who will love this trip?

  • Adrenaline seekers looking for a new and exciting adventure to try out
  • Climbers hoping to experience a different form of this sport
  • Anyone hoping to check out the Rocky Mountains from a new perspective
  • Families with children at least 12 years old
  • Groups looking to spend time in the best of Colorado’s mountains

What to expect

On Your Via Ferrata Adventure

Mountainside Excitement

A Via Ferrata adventure may truly be the most exciting way to experience Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. You’ll take two ziplines to the starting point of this climb, then traverse high above the Arkansas River Valley along the granite cliffside. This assisted climbing experience involves using iron rungs, bars, and other features built into the cliffside to maneuver along and across.

You’ll use a cable system to clip in and out of the cliffside the entire way, cross a hanging bridge, then experience the stomach dropping excitement of our flight line. This feature safely drops you 78 feet after which you continue the climbing experience with more features, including a rappel.

Woman leaning off AVA's Granite Via Ferrata course with arms outstretched.

Stunning Scenery

During your Via Ferrata excursion, you’ll start up high and only get higher! From your mountaintop perch, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the winding Arkansas River below and the Collegiate Peaks Mountain Range in the distance.

Not only is the scenery unparalleled, but our Via Ferrata course is built directly into the Colorado mountainside compared to raised courses on platforms.

Man getting safety instructions before ziplining.

Included Gear & Packing List

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

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Gloves


  • 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
Tent on a lake shore at dusk.

Continue the Adventure

In the Arkansas River Valley and picturesque Buena Vista, adventure awaits at every turn. Whether you’re here for a day or a weekend getaway, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy.

  • Opt for an overnight stay at one of our cozy cabins or scenic campsites
  • Spend more time in Colorado’s beautiful outdoors with on a hike, bike ride, fly-fishing excursion, or horseback riding adventure
  • Explore downtown Buena Vista and try Buena Vista’s one of the area’s diverse restaurants and breweries (pro tip: ask your guide for a recommendation!)
  • Unwind at the nearby Cottonwood Hot Springs or Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Trip Location

Rafters on smooth waters.

Buena Vista

40671 US-24
Buena Vista, CO 81211

If using Google Maps, ‘US 24 North’ is incorrect and will take you 10 miles south of us. Type in the address exactly as listed above to ensure correct directions.

On the hunt for a true mountain excursion?  Head to Buena Vista, Colorado to raft through a national monument on our Brown’s Canyon 1/2 day trip, fly above the Arkansas River Valley on our Mountaintop Zipline, or Rock Climb the majestic Granite Gorge Cliffs, where views of the majestic Collegiate Peaks will take your breath away.

AVA’s Buena Vista Outpost is located just over an hour from Summit County and under two and a half hours from Denver, Colorado.


This exhilarating experience is suitable for individuals with a reasonable level of physical fitness. To participate in our Via Ferrata course, participants must be at least 12 years old and weigh a minimum of 75 pounds, as the climbing elements can pose a moderate challenge. While prior climbing experience is not necessary, guests should be prepared for 3 hours on their feet and be comfortable climbing ladders.

Rest assured, our Via Ferrata courses prioritize safety above all else and strictly adhere to established safety standards. Throughout the excursion, participants are securely connected to the cliffside via a harness and a reliable 2-cable system. As you navigate the course, you’ll continuously clip in and out of these cables, ensuring constant connection to the cliffside. It’s worth noting that the design prevents the possibility of simultaneously unclipping from both cables, providing an added layer of security throughout the adventure.

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