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Quick Facts About the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata!
“Via Ferrata” means “iron way” in Italian.
Via Ferrata is a safe climbing system that blends hiking and rock climbing techniques, using a harness and carabiners.
There are 8 Via Ferrata courses in Colorado.
The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is the most unique course in Colorado!
Know Before You Go:
Guests must arrive at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park a minimum of 30 minutes before the start of their Via Ferrata tour.
All Via Ferrata tours require a short training session before starting the official route.
Tour prices include admission to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and also include a next day free return!
Each Via Ferrata participant must sign a waiver. For those under the age of 18, a parent/legal guardian must sign the waiver.
“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
Colorado’s Best Climbing Adventure: Royal Gorge Via Ferrata
Also being the newest Via Ferrata course in Southern Colorado, this Royal Gorge guided climbing adventure leads visitors through the massive granite walls on a cable system designed with safety in mind. The cables and steel rungs allow climbers on the guided Via Ferrata course to safely clip on and off as they make their way across and up the rock walls.
Trained mountain guides lead guests through a practice climb at the start of this Via Ferrata adventure at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Guests can choose from a shorter tour at 2.5 to 3 hours or the longest expedition at 4.5 to 5 hours long through the Royal Gorge. Or book a private guided tour on your next Via Ferrata experience!
A mini suspension bridge, a short hike into the gorge, the roaring Arkansas River below, and the Royal Gorge Bridge high above offer guests scenic views seen no where else in Southern Colorado. With a mix of hiking and vertical climbing, the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is great for first-ever climbers and experienced rock climbers.
The Via Ferrata requires guests to be 10 years and older and operates on a weather permitting basis for safety. This attraction is an additional pay feature and 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 – $150
Are you new to rock climbing? Let us show you the ropes with our Revelation Tour on the Via Ferrata in the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. This tour takes a shorter route so your group can take your time learning the rock climbing techniques and enjoy the adventure at your own pace. The Revelation Tour is a great family adventure for those 10 years and older.
Take in one-of-a-kind views from the south rim of the Royal Gorge as the roaring Arkansas River winds its way below you.
The Revelation Tour is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours in length. We recommend beginner climbers start with this Via Ferrata experience.
If booking within 24 hours of a tour, call (719) 276-8342 to check availability.
2023 Departure Times:
November 1 thru March 10 – 9:45AM, 10:00AM, 10:15AM (Approx. ending time 1:00PM-1:30PM)
March 11 thru April 30 – 9:45AM, 10:00AM, 10:15AM (Approx. ending time 1:00PM-1:30PM) and 1:30PM (Approx. ending time 4:30PM)
May 1 thru September 30 – 9:45AM, 10:00AM, 10:15AM, (Approx. ending time 1:00PM-1:30PM) and 2:00PM, 2:15PM, 2:30PM (Approx. ending time 5:00PM-5:30PM)
October 1 thru October 31 – 9:45AM, 10:00AM, 10:15AM (Approx. ending time 1:00PM-1:30PM) and 1:30PM (Approx. ending time 4:30PM)
Revelation Private Tour
For couples and small groups, private tours are available at our Via Ferrata. These custom trips take only you and your party through the Royal Gorge on this guided climbing adventure.
We have seen marriage proposals take place on the Via Ferrata that are an engagement to remember! If you are looking to bring your special someone on a life changing adventure, the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is one of the most unique in Southern Colorado!
The private Revelation Tour is best for beginner climbers as the route is shorter. Climbers can take more time navigating the heights and rock walls of the Royal Gorge.
Please call (719) 276-8342 to book your private Revelation Tour today.
Departure Time: 11:00 (Approx. ending time 2:00)
$410 / 1 guest
$410 / 2 guests
$515 / 3 guests
$650 / 4 guests
Royal Tours – $180
If you’re up for a challenge, the Royal Tour on our Via Ferrata is for you! The Royal Tour is best suited for those who are active and love to hike, climb, and are ready for a challenge.
The Royal Tour still features the practice climbing area to ensure everyone is familiar with the climbing techniques and safety equipment. This tour typically takes 4.5 to 5 hours as climbers are guided through the entire Via Ferrata course. First, climbers take a short hike down into the gorge, then hit all the best viewpoints and other features like our mini suspension bridge.
Our expert mountain guides will always aim to customize Via Ferrata tours based on every group’s ability level.
If booking within 24 hours of a tour, call (719) 276-8342 to check availability.
2023 Departure Times:
October 1 thru April 30 – 9:15AM (Approx. ending time 2:00PM).
May 1 thru September 30 – 9:00AM, 9:15AM (Approx. ending time 2:00PM–2:30PM).
Royal Private Tour
Couples and small groups who have some experience in climbing adventures will love their very own private tour on the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata. Please call (719) 276-8342 to book your Via Ferrata Private Royal Tour!
Departure Time: 9:30 (Approx. ending time 2:30)
$560 / 1 guest
$560 / 2 guests
$715 / 3 guests
$800 / 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***
***Guests on 9am tours, must arrive by 8:30. Check in at the ranger post***
***All tours require a short training session and familiarization run***
***All rates include Park Admission which also includes next day free return***
***If booking within 24 hours of a tour, call (719) 276-8342 to check availability***
***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!