Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Ouray
Have a go at Colorado’s newest thrilling adventure route
Revel in the Uncompahgre Gorge’s scenic vistas
Try out the 75-foot “Skybridge”, the first of its kind in North America
Completed in the Spring of 2020, the Ouray Via Ferrata is one of Colorado’s latest and most exciting adventure routes. The 4,000+ft route along the Uncompahgre river was designed by a team of experienced engineers and local climbing professionals. It shows that the distinctive blend of climbs and descents, narrow rock ledges and cable traverses make for a challenging but highly engaging and rewarding Via Ferrata. And you can’t forget the highlight of the trip — the 75-foot “Skybridge”. This ladder bridge at the North end of the route is unique to Ouray’s Via Ferrata and is something every self-proclaimed outdoors adventurer must experience.
May through October
Montrose, CO, is 35min away from Ouray
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Private Ouray Via Ferrata Tour
Head to the San Juan Mountains for a day of engaging climbs along the cliffs of the panoramic Uncompahgre Gorge. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced local guide who will make sure your trip goes by safely and smoothly. This family-friendly Via Ferrata in the “Switzerland of America” makes for the perfect introduction into the world of guided climbing on the San Juan mountain range.
Standard Ouray Via Ferrata Tour
Test out Colorado’s most exciting new climbing route under the watchful eye of a guide on the Ouray Via Ferrata! Overcome 4,000+ linear feet of anchor-protected and rung-enhanced trail with great terrain variety and a “Skybridge” that you have to see to believe. And when you need a break, stop and take in some excellent views of the ice park gorge and the Uncompahgre river along the way.
Meet your guides
AMGA Certified Ski Guide and Co-Owner/Lead Guide of Mountain TripAMGA Certified Ski Guide and Co-Owner/Lead Guide of Mountain Trip
AMGA Certified Ski Guide and Co-Owner/Lead Guide of Mountain Trip
I completed both the Telluride and Ouray Via Ferratas. The Telluride Via Ferrata was with Jonathan and Micah, and the Ouray Via Ferrata was with Micah.
Both experiences were excellent.
This is an unbelievable adventure. Very safe, but if you’re afraid of heights this is definitely not even close to a good idea. Otherwise, if you like adventurous experiences (such as skydiving or even roller coasters) you should book this!
The whole trip was wonderful, it was a great experience and also the staff was super friendly and very safe. Would definitely recommend!
Things to know
Covid measures in Ouray, Colorado
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Ouray, Colorado, please refer to the official Colorado COVID-19 updates website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 4-5 hours of rock climbing
- All technical climbing gear
- Assistance arranging for post-trip activities in the area
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
- Travel and/or rescue insurance
- Guide gratuity
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
- Via Ferrata gloves
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Trekking shoes or boots
- Small pack
- Rain jacket
- Trekking shoes or boots
- Water bottles (2 liters)
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Lip balm
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for the private tour is usually between 1–4 people with one guide. Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- For the standard tour, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 4:1. The cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
- Certain groups may require a greater guide ratio to be compliant with the Ouray Via Ferrata, which may affect pricing.
Climbing days in Ouray can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
- Children under 16 must be on a private trip, and unaccompanied minors cannot join standard trips.
- Route regulations state that participants should have a 62” reach, and that those under 85 pounds and greater than 265 pounds may need an additional belay. If anyone in your group is under 85 pounds, over 265 pounds, or has a reach shorter than 62”, please let us know.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Ouray, most people fly into Denver International Airport. From there, you can take a 1-hour local flight to Telluride, CO, where you can rent a car for a just over an hour long drive to Ouray. Alternatively, you can take a 1-hour local flight to Montrose, CO, and then rent a car or take a shuttle to Ouray.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Telluride or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.