Looking for something new to add or cross off your Colorado summer bucket list without having to make a trek for it?
We, at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, have just the bragging rights experience for you.
Our newest attraction is definitely one of the coolest near Colorado Springs — the Via Ferrata.
Why? We’re glad you asked.
Here are three reasons the Via Ferrata is one of the most intense and coolest attractions near Colorado Springs.
1. There Are Limited Via Ferrata Opportunities in the United States
Via Ferrata adventures have been around since World War 1.
In fact, the Via Ferrata technique was created to scale the Dolomite Mountains in Italy and help soldiers scale the treacherous mountainous terrain safely and efficiently with the use of iron rods drilled into the side of the mountains, cables, and hooks to keep the soldiers connected at all times and from falling off the side of the mountain.
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s Via Ferrata attraction in Colorado use the same technique but in a different setting as you’re trekking up the granite and gneiss walls of the Royal Gorge versus the Dolomites in Italy.
There are many more Via Ferrata attractions throughout Europe and other countries; however, in the United States, Via Ferrata attractions are few and far between due to government-imposed bans from the Wilderness Act of 1964.
Thankfully, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park do not fall under the Act so we’re able to take guests on an adventure of a lifetime.
2. Scale the Rock Walls That Support America’s Highest Suspension Bridge
On the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata attraction in Colorado at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, you will scale the sides of the Royal Gorge — the same granite and gneiss rock formations that form the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
The Royal Gorge’s rock formations were formed over 3 million years ago. On the Via Ferrata attraction, not only will you get up close and personal with this geological wonder, you’ll get a completely different perspective of America’s highest suspension bridge.
3. There’s an Experience Level For Everyone
You don’t have to be an experienced rock climber to participate on the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s Via Ferrata attraction near Colorado Springs. Each group will be given an experienced guide who will assist you along the way. In fact, you don’t have to have any experience at all!
We have a series of tours that accommodate your hiking and climbing comfort level from beginner to expert routes. Helmets, shoes (in most sizes), harnesses and backpacks are provided free of charge
If you’d like to do a shorter route, the Revelation Tour would be perfect for you. If you’re looking for a full-day adventure, the Royal Tour is a comprehensive guided climbing tour that gives you the ultimate unique Via Ferrata experience. If you’d like more of a one-on-one tour, we offer private tours where we will create customized itineraries for you and your group.
Book Your Via Ferrata Experience at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Today
The Via Ferrata attraction is truly at the forefront of introducing Via Ferrata experiences within the United States, and at the Highest Suspension Bridge in America, this is truly one of the coolest and most accessible attractions near Colorado Springs.
Learn more about our Via Ferrata attraction on our website.
Book your tickets in advance for your preferred dates.
** We would like to mention, during the writing of this blog we have altered our park operations to comply with COVID precautions and Fremont County Health regulations. We sanitize our equipment regularly and are practicing social distancing even during the Via Ferrata tours.
If you would like more information on what we’re doing to combine these COVID precautions with our Via Ferrata please contact us. **