Via Ferrata

The Via Ferrata is OPEN

Quick Facts:

  • Guests must arrive at the park a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled tour.
  • All tours require a short training session and familiarization run.
  • All rates include Park Admission which also includes next day free return.

 

“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!” – Jenny

The Best Guided Climbing Attraction in Colorado — The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata

The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is the newest one-of-a-kind experience at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado!

The newest and best guided climbing tour attraction, the Via Ferrata, allows guests are to hike and climb the granite rock walls of the Royal Gorge with their trained mountain guides for a controlled mountaineering experience.

Our Via Ferrata attraction is considered to be the best in Colorado! Guests will be able to experience unique spectacular views of the Royal Gorge that most don’t have the opportunity to see.

The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is open year-round (weather permitting) and guests must be at least 10 years old to participate.

This attraction is an additional pay feature, but includes general admission to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.

WHAT IS A VIA FERRATA

Via Ferrata is Italian for “Iron Way.”

This climbing system dates back to WW1. Soldiers built and used the Via Ferrata during the war to traverse the mountainous terrain in a more direct and timely manner.

Today, the Via Ferrata system is still used in the Alps for recreational purposes; however, The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is on the forefront of those being built and used recreationally in the United States, which is another reason why the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Via Ferrata attraction is one of the best in Colorado.

The construction of each Via Ferrata attraction includes creating protected climbing routes in which steel cables are fixed into the granite rock walls. Guests then secure themselves to the cable. Together, the cable, climbing kit, and iron rungs assist the climber.

During our Via Ferrata tour attraction at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado, guests will be provided an expert guide, to help them navigate their guided climbing tour.

Overall, the Via Ferrata system — whether used as a tour, or not — allows otherwise dangerous routes to be scaled without the risks that climbing without additional aids present. Therefore, giving relatively inexperienced guests a means to hike and climb the Royal Gorge with ease.

The steep cliff walls of the gorge naturally create one of the best Via Ferrata attractions in Colorado. There is no other quite like it.

Revelation Tours – $135

Fun for the entire family, those new to Via Ferratas, or for those seeking an adventure.

These tours take guests on a climbing journey they’ll never forget.

Features one-of-a-kind views and experiences from the south rim of the Royal Gorge.

The Revelation tours are approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. The revelation tour is the shorter and more beginner tour. We recommend beginner climbers starting with this tour and work their way into the Royal tour.

Departure Times: 10:00, 10:15, 10:30 (Approx. ending time 1:00 – 1:30) 2:00, 2:15, 2:30 (Approx. ending time 5:00-5:30)

Departure Times: 1:00, 1:15 (Approx. ending time 4:00)

Revelation Private Tour

Custom trips just for you and your party based on the time allotted. Great for couples or small groups!

This Via Ferrata attraction experience is one you’ll never forget! We take guests on a one-of-a-kind climbing tour with spectacular views from the south rim of the Royal Gorge.

Departure Time: 11:00 (Approx. ending time 3:00)

  • $375 / 1 guest
  • $375 / 2 guests
  • $465 / 3 guests
  • $580 / 4 guests

Royal Tours – $165

An all day, guided climbing tour adventure in Colorado for those who are active and love to hike, climb, and like a challenge.

This is a comprehensive tour that takes guests through several of the unique routes of our Via Ferrata at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado. The Royal tour is the more skillful version of the tours offered at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. These tours are custom to each individual’s skill level.

Features one-of-a-kind views and experiences from the south rim of the Royal Gorge.

These tours take approximately 4.5 to 5 hours to complete.

Departure Times: 9:00, 9:15 (Approx. ending time 2:00 – 2:30)

 

Royal Private Tour

Custom trips just for you and your party based on the time allotted. Great for couples or small groups!

Departure Time: 9:30 (Approx. ending time 3:30)

  • $510 / 1 guest
  • $510 / 2 guests
  • $645 / 3 guests
  • $720 / 4 guests

 

***Guests must arrive at the park a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled tour
Failure to arrive 30 minutes prior may shorten the scheduled tour or the tour may be cancelled***

***All tours require a short training session and familiarization run***

***All rates include Park Admission which also includes next day free return***

***SEASON PASS HOLDERS – Please call (719) 276-8342 to book your Via Ferrata experience!***

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Via Ferrata located in Colorado?

The Via Ferrata attraction routes are on the south face of the Royal Gorge — east of the bridge below point sublime. Guests must enter the park at the north entrance by turning south from Hwy 50 onto County Road 3A (not County Road 3).

When is the Via Ferrata attraction open?

The Via Ferrata is open year round — 365 days a year depending on weather.

How long are the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Via Ferrata tours?

Each Via Ferrata attraction trip lengths vary from 2.5 hours to all day (generally a 6-hour day).

On the Via Ferrata guided climbing tours, can I fall?

In short, yes you can. However, your lanyards, attached to the steel cable adjacent to the climbing route, will arrest the fall. The Via Ferrata is designed to reduce the probability of falling and to minimize the impact of a fall if it happens.

During this Via Ferrata attraction in Colorado, can I stop part way and turn around?

If you’re worried about stopping and turning around we highly recommend starting out with our revelation tour, this short tour is a great introduction to what a Via Ferrata is! There are connector trails to exit the course from the bottom and top of every route, but it’s not advised if it can be helped. If there is an unusual mid-route circumstance, the guide can always add security by putting a participant on belay (top-rope). The Via Ferrata systems can be used to climb both up and down.

Who can participate in the guided climbing Via Ferrata attraction tours?

Anyone can participate in these guided climbing tours, as long as they fit the age, height/weight, physical requirements.

Is there any age or weight limit for any for the Via Ferrata guided climbing tours?

To participate in any of the Via Ferrata attraction tours, you must be 10 years of age or older. If you are 14 years of age or younger, you must be accompanied by a paying adult. The accepted weight range is between 88 to 264 pounds. We will consider participants outside of this weight range if the guide is comfortable that the harness fits correctly and with a belay backup to the lanyards. The weight limit is set by the lanyard manufacturer.

Can I participate in any of the guided climbing Via Ferrata tours if I’m pregnant?

Participation in the Via Ferrata is not recommended after the first trimester of pregnancy.

Do I have to have a guide?

Yes. All of our Via Ferrata tours are considered guided climbing tours.  This is to ensure the best and safest guest experience, a guide must accompany you on your adventure.

Are the guides certified in first aid & CPR?

All of our route guides are certified in first aid and CPR. Additionally, the entire Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Via Ferrata team in Colorado has been High Angle Rescue trained. The Park Rangers are EMR trained and are supported, if needed, by the Fremont County Search and Rescue.

Can I go on the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata without a ticket or guide?

All travel on the Via Ferrata must be accompanied by a Colorado Royal Gorge Bridge and Park guide. Unaccompanied travel on the Via Ferrata is considered trespassing and can pose a serious threat to the safety of other participants and to oneself.

Are there private guided experiences available?

Absolutely! We have private guides available for half- and full-day, entirely customizable experiences.

Is there a minimum or maximum group size?

There is no minimum group size. The maximum group size is five people per guide.

What should I bring on my Via Ferrata guided climbing tour?

Wear comfortable active wear and a waterproof layer. Bring water, sunscreen, snacks and sunglasses.

What is the cancellation policy?

Individual cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance are fully refundable. Individual cancellations made within 24 hours will incur a $35/person fee. Groups of 20 or more must cancel at least 1 week prior to scheduled departure to receive a full refund. Group cancellations made within 1 week will incur a $35/person fee.

What equipment does the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado supply?

Here, at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, we provide your harness, lanyards, shoes and a helmet. We will also provide small backpacks. You may use your own shoes, as long as they are appropriate.

Can I bring my own equipment to climb this Via Ferrata attraction?

While we certainly recommend that you use our gear, if your equipment meets all of the UIAA standards, we will look at it and determine if it is safe to use on the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park attraction. Our route guides must be satisfied with the quality and condition of your gear as they are responsible for your safety. Please note: There is no discount for bringing your own equipment.

Do we need hiking poles for any of the Via Ferrata tours?

You are welcome to bring hiking poles as long as they collapse and fit in your pack while you are on the route.

What about weather during any of the guided climbing Via Ferrata tours are refunds offered if the tour is cancelled because of weather?

Rough weather conditions such as lightning, thunder, rain or snow may cause closures or delays on the routes. There is no refund due to weather. Guests may reschedule.

What should I wear for my climb?

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and dress in layers so you are prepared for any temperature change. If you wear shorts, they will be more comfortable with the harness if they are longer. We will provide shoes, helmet, harness and a lightweight backpack if needed. You are welcome to bring your own backpack as well. Don’t forget to bring socks & sunscreen!

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