Discover the Thrills of Our Guided Climbing Tour in the Royal Gorge

What is the Via Ferrata?

Are you ready to embark on an exhilarating adventure that combines the best of hiking and rock climbing? Look no further than the Via Ferrata at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Perfect for families and beginners, this unique attraction offers a thrilling and safe guided climbing tour amidst the breathtaking scenery of Colorado’s iconic Royal Gorge.

“Via Ferrata,” which means “iron way” in Italian, is a protected climbing route that allows adventurers to scale the granite walls safely. This style of guided climbing tour uses a system of steel cables, iron rungs, and ladders all the way up the rock walls of the Royal Gorge. Originating during World War I to help soldiers navigate mountainous terrains, this climbing method has evolved into a popular recreational activity in the Alps and, increasingly, in the United States. In total, there are eight Via Ferrata courses around the state. However, our Via Ferrata course is the only one of its kind in the Royal Gorge Region of Southern Colorado.

The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is a standout among these courses, providing a unique way to explore the granite walls of the gorge safely. Along this guided climbing tour, visitors see unobstructed views of the Royal Gorge Bridge and the winding Arkansas River below. Whether you are an experienced climber or a complete novice, our guided Via Ferrata tour offers an accessible and exhilarating way to experience the great outdoors. Plus, when you book your Royal Gorge Via Ferrata, general admission to our entire park is included!

Why Choose Royal Gorge Via Ferrata?

The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata stands out for its combination of safety, incredible scenery, and unforgettable experience. Here’s why it’s a fantastic choice for families and beginners visiting the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park:

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  1. Safety First: Safety is paramount at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Before starting your adventure, you will receive a thorough training session to familiarize yourself with the equipment and climbing techniques. The harnesses, carabiners, and steel cables are designed to ensure that climbers remain secure at all times. Your harness is always connected to the cable as you use the steel rungs to climb! Trained mountain guides accompany every tour, providing expert guidance and ensuring that safety protocols are followed meticulously. Plus, our expert guides are longtime locals who share a wealth of knowledge about our region!
  2. Stunning Scenery: The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata offers unparalleled views of the majestic Arkansas River and the iconic Royal Gorge Bridge. As you climb, you’ll be treated to vistas that are both thrilling and awe-inspiring, making for an unforgettable experience. Keep an eye out along your guided climbing tour for Big Horn Sheep and a variety of hawks, eagles, and more!
  3. Family-Friendly Adventure: Designed for climbers of all skill levels (ages 10 and up), the Via Ferrata is perfect for families. The Revelation Tour, a 2.5 to 3-hour introductory route, is ideal for those new to climbing. It allows participants to learn at a comfortable pace while enjoying the breathtaking scenery. For those looking for an all-day adventure, take the longer guided climbing tour on the Royal Tour. This one can easily last up to five hours, giving climbers the time to explore the massive rock walls of the Royal Gorge!
  4. Versatile Experiences: Whether you want a family-friendly climb or a more challenging adventure, the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata offers guided climbing tours to suit your needs. The Royal Tour, lasting 4.5 to 5 hours, is designed for those seeking a more intense climbing experience. Private tours are also available for a personalized adventure!

Curious about the guided climbing tour in the Royal Gorge? Here’s what one happy climber had to say about their Royal Gorge Via Ferrata:

“My family and I had an incredible time visiting the Royal Gorge Bridge and the new Via Ferrata. I was a little nervous to try the Via Ferrata, having never done any rock climbing. However, I felt very secure with the knowledgeable staff and the provided equipment. The guides were conscientious of our safety at all times, tracking the weather and monitoring our comfort levels. Consequently, we were able to thoroughly enjoy the gorge from a thrilling and unique perspective. Highly recommend it!” – Jenny

What to Expect on Your Guided Climbing Tour

When you book a Via Ferrata tour at the Royal Gorge, you’re in for an adventure that balances excitement with safety. Here’s a glimpse of what your experience will entail:

  • Preparation and Training: Upon arrival, you’ll check in at the Ranger Post and receive a brief training session. This will cover the basics of using the climbing gear and the safety protocols you’ll need to follow. Each guided climbing tour on our Via Ferrata includes a quick practice run up a slightly slanted rock wall dubbed “the slab.” This section will give you the perfect warm-up to your greater adventure!
  • Climbing the Gorge: The climb itself involves navigating a series of steel rungs, cables, and ladders affixed to the rock face. You’ll be securely clipped into the system, which allows you to climb and traverse the rock safely. The routes are designed to be accessible, ensuring that even those with no prior climbing experience can participate.
  • Spectacular Views: As you ascend, take in the stunning views of the Royal Gorge, the Arkansas River, and the surrounding landscape. The mix of vertical climbing and hiking provides a unique way to explore this natural wonder of Southern Colorado.
  • Guided Climbing Support: Throughout your climb, our caring and knowledgeable guides will be there to assist, ensuring you are safe and comfortable the entire tour. They’re trained in first aid and high-angle rescue, adding an extra layer of security to your adventure.

Planning Your Adventure at the Royal Gorge

To make the most of your Via Ferrata experience, here are a few tips:

  • Book in Advance: Via Ferrata tours in Colorado are popular, so it’s a good idea to book your spot ahead of time. Plus, the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is the only guided climbing experience of its kind that is open 365 day per year! You can choose from our two types of guided climbing tours depending on your preference and experience level.
  • Arrive Early: Ensure you arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled climbing tour time. This allows for check-in and preparation without feeling rushed.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear comfortable activewear and dress in layers to accommodate changing weather conditions. Closed-toe shoes are a must, and don’t forget to bring water, sunscreen, and sunglasses. If needed, we can provide sturdy climbing footwear for your tour.
  • Sign the Waiver: Every participant must sign a waiver. For those under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign on their behalf.

Book Your Family Guided Climbing Tour

The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata offers an unparalleled adventure for families and beginners looking to experience the thrill of climbing in a safe and controlled environment. With expert guides, state-of-the-art equipment, and breathtaking views, it’s an experience not to be missed. Whether you’re seeking a new family outing or a unique way to explore Colorado’s natural beauty, the Via Ferrata at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is the perfect choice. Book your adventure today and discover the excitement of climbing the “iron way”!