Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Telluride
Join an intense alpine traverse with no required climbing experience
Enjoy epic views of the San Juan mountain range
Stainless steel cables with force-reducing lanyards guarantee your safety
The best way to describe the Telluride Via Ferrata would be as a high consequence alpine hike. While not particularly technically difficult, this Via Ferrata is not for the faint of heart – at its most intense, you’ll be suspended on a small iron foothold by a harness at 500 feet, completely exposed on the east end and south-facing wall. So, while the route may be a perfectly thrilling adventure for visitors of a wide range of skills, it’s not particularly for those with a fear of heights. However, those that can overcome their fears get to experience a breathtaking two-mile climb with some gut-wrenching drops and astonishing views. Find confidence and discover nature’s beauty in Telluride’s Via Ferrata.
September through November
Montrose, CO, is 1,5 hours away from Telluride
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Private Via Ferrata
Experience southwest Colorado’s high country in a spectacular way with this private tour of the Telluride Via Ferrata. Enjoy a 4-5+ hour high consequence alpine traverse along a narrow ledge system that doesn’t require particular climbing skills. Since this is a private tour, your seasoned and highly trained guide will make sure your experience is perfectly adapted to your skills and goals. Those looking for more of a challenge can also take a direct multi-pitch rock climb right up to the start of the Via Ferrata.
Group Tour Via Ferrata
For a breathtaking and unique adventure, look no further. This tour will have you precariously traversing rock faces up to 600 feet above the forest below, with exposed sections that will make your heart race. Enjoy unmatched views of Bridal Veil Falls, the town of Telluride, and the surrounding peaks of the San Juan mountains. And if you’re an avid climber, you can make the day a bit more challenging and technical with a multi-pitch climb to reach the route.
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
We had the best day at the Telluride Via Ferrata! The views from the via are incredible. Our guide was Marcus, he was brilliant. His calm and reassuring demeanor was perfect for Our 10-year-old daughter when she got a little nervous. We were able to have a lot of fun while staying safe on the course with Marcus’ guidance. Equipment was clean and well looked after, meet-up information and safety waivers were all easy and well communicated.
Definitely worth the money.
I booked a rock climb with Taka, and it was so awesome, I booked a second day! I also booked a trip for the Via Ferrata with Taka through Mountain Trip, and it was also great! The booking process was easy, and I appreciated the discussion beforehand about my climbing experience and expectations. I learned a lot and felt very safe the whole time. Taka is a very talented climber and guide— he has a great way of keeping you calm and explaining in detail what you need to do along the way. Overall the best experience! I can’t wait to make it back to Telluride!
Had a great time doing the Via Ferrata with Dave. He was a great guide. Besides clearly explaining how to safely do the Via Ferrata, he also provided information on the history and details of what you see on the Via Ferrata. It was more exciting than I thought it would be. Everyone should do this if you’re not afraid of heights. I would do this again with Dave.
We did the Via Ferrata in Telluride. Our guide was Jeff! He is incredible. Jeff was professional, had so much knowledge about the area and we felt safe hiking with him. He was encouraging, helpful, and easy to talk to! Highly recommend booking your Mtn Trip when him. The Via Ferrara itself was an amazing experience. The views were unreal with the yellow aspens and overlooking Telluride.
Thanks again, Jeff! We had a great time!!
Things to know
Covid measures in Telluride, 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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Telluride, Colorado, please refer to the Official Colorado COVID-19 Update 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
- A half-day of rock climbing
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
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
- Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Trekking boots or shoes
- Rain jacket
- Via Ferrata gloves
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- 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:
- For the private tour, the group size 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 group tour, there must be a minimum of 2 climbers to run. Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Climbing days in Telluride 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.
- Children under 16 must be on a private trip, and unaccompanied minors cannot join open trips.
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 Telluride, most people fly into Denver International Airport. From there, you can take a three-hour local flight to Telluride, which is the fastest and cheapest option. You can also fly to Montrose and take a 1,5-hour shuttle ride to Telluride, or rent a car in Denver and take a nearly 7-hour long drive.
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 at Telluride or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.