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Half Day Via Ferrata Tour in Idaho Springs

The Iron Way is the newest thrilling adventure in the Denver area! Join us on this 3 hour tour that includes cliff traversing, rappelling, a 50-foot quick fall and ziplining. You will join our experienced guides on the cliffside above Idaho Springs and Chicago Creek for this Colorado via ferrata tour. This experience will test your limits as you traverse across the rock faces.

Location: Idaho Springs, CO
3-hour Cliffside Via Ferrata Tour over Idaho Springs & Chicago Creek
Trip times: 9:30am & 1:30pm
Ages 12+
No experience necessary. Moderate to hard physical activity.
Includes cliff traversing and rappelling, 50-foot free fall, ziplining and a ride in our zip truck through town
Meet at our Idaho Springs Outpost for this tour, where we will set you up with via ferrata gear and be on our way to adventure.


Via Ferrata, which translates to “iron road” in Italian, is a historical method of climbing and traversing. This traversing method started in the Alps as a collection of protected paths, ladders, rungs, rails, cables and bridges along a rock face. The first via ferratas are thought to have erected in the late 19th century and were popular during World War 1 with the armies of Austria-Hungary and Italy. After the war ended, the routes were neglected and slowly deteriorated.

In recent years, a resurgence of via ferratas across the world has brought this way of climbing back to life. Now there are over 300 via ferrata courses around the world, with most residing in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Spain. Via Ferrata courses have popped up in other Alpine countries, including France and Switzerland, as well as in the United States. The Telluride Via Ferrata in Colorado has grown to be a massively popular attraction. The course is set above the charming town of Telluride in the San Juan Mountains. This exciting adventure offers travelers the experience of the popular European Alps climbing routes. The views on the Telluride Via Ferrata make this a must-do activity, with a bird’s eye view of the town of Telluride, the surrounding mountains and the Bridal Veil Falls.

  • Gold Rush Raft & Via Ferrata Package


    ½ day rafting, ½ day via ferrata tour
    From $153 Ages 12+
    Idaho Springs Outpost: See Map 

    Join us for an action-packed day with the Raft + Via Ferrata package adventure in Idaho Springs! You will head out on the morning Gold Rush Rafting trip, then follow that up with the truly unique assisted rock climbing and mountaineering adventure known only as The Iron Way! The Via Ferrata is a physically demanding activity that includes a short hike, traversing, mountaineering, rappelling, ziplining, various cable bridges and a 50 foot free fall. We recommend that those interested in the Via Ferrata tour are physically active. This adventure requires upper body strength, balance and endurance. Please bring a water bottle that can be clipped to your harness with a carabiner.

  • The Iron Way: Colorado Via Ferrata

  • ½ day via ferrata tour
    From $149 Ages 12+
    Idaho Springs Outpost: See Map 

    The Iron Way: Colorado Via Ferrata is the newest extreme adventure from AVA. A Via Ferrata, which means “iron way” in Italian, is a method of mountaineering & rock climbing that’s been used in Europe for centuries. Via Ferrata courses use a combination of ladders, rungs, rails, cables and bridges to aid in moving across and up a cliff face. The Iron Way in Idaho Springs is an assisted rock climbing guided tour where guests clip into cables that run along the side of a cliff. They then move along a designated path of iron rungs and bridges to move across, and along the way they will be required to clip in and out of the cable to progress through the course. This is made possible through an advanced internal locking system in the carabiners. Each guest will have 2 carabiners connected to bungee-style lanyards on their harness. The internal locking system makes it impossible to clip out of both at the same time, insuring that climbers are connected to the cable of the course at all times.