A growing trend in the American West, Via Ferrata routes offer a safer way of traveling dangerous terrain by using a technique that blends hiking and rock climbing. Those on a ‘Via Ferrata’ route – Italian for ‘iron way’ – use carabiners to clip into rungs and wires that allow them to move while also staying fastened to a cliff face. Here are eight Via Ferratas in Colorado that allow adventurers to reach views not seen by many.
Via Ferrata Cave of the Winds (Photo) Credit Breanna Sneeringer
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park (Photo) Credit VisitCOS.com
Via Ferrata, Mount Evans, Idaho Springs (Photo) Credit Jason Fulton
Via Ferrata in Ouray (Photo) Courtesy of Friends of Ouray Via Ferrata
Telluride Via Ferrata (Photo) Credit Spencer McKee
Estes Park (Photo) Credit welcomia (iStock)
Granite Via Ferrata, Buena Vista (Photo) Credit Jason Fulton
Via Ferrata, Lawson Adventure Park (Photo) Courtesy Lawson Adventure Park
Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.