Telluride Via Ferrata
High Adventure in the San Juans
The Telluride Via Ferrata has the potential to be the highlight of your vacation to the majestic San Juan Mountains. Set above the quaint mountain town of Telluride, this unique adventure combines all the best elements of mountain hiking and the classic via ferrata ladder/cable systems.
Via Ferrata – which is Italian for “iron road” – offers the ability for participants to experience the thrill of travelling through the mountains in an exposed setting with the protection of cables and steel/iron rungs. Though quite popular throughout the European Alps, the sport is just starting to gain notice here in America. Originally developed during the first World War to aid the progress of troops through the mountains, Via Ferrata are now widely recognized as inspired tourist attractions on mountain features that would otherwise be inaccessible.
The position and setting of the Telluride Via Ferrata cannot be beat. Breathtaking views of the town of Telluride, the surrounding mountains, and the iconic Bridal Veil Falls, dominate the scenery on this must-do adventure. This trip is accessible to avid hikers with a sense of adventure and is appropriate for all ages and ability levels.
The Local Experts
Founded in 1986, San Juan Mountain Guides is well known as “The Local Experts” for climbing and mountain adventure in the Telluride, Ouray, and Durango areas.
With offices in both Durango and Ouray, we operate a wide variety of programs for participants of all ages and ability levels. We feature guiding and instruction with exclusively AMGA Certified Guides and are the only AMGA Accredited Guide Service in SW Colorado.
Just to let you know; you guys came highly recommended by several sources. So much so, that no other business was even mentioned. Your professionalism in the business, community service, quality of service, and safety standards were all highly regarded. Thanks for setting the standards higher!” – W. Doucet
Via Ferrata Equipment
- Pants/Shorts: Shorts or hiking pants are appropriate
- Shirts/Jackets: A short sleeve shirt, preferably not cotton, and a mid-weight long sleeve shirt or jacket
- Rain jacket
- Water: 1- 2 liters or per person
- Closed-toe shoes: Tennis shoes or “approach shoes” are appropriate
- Food & snacks (*lunch can be provided upon request)
- Small Backpack: to put all this stuff in, plus the harness, helmet, and via ferrata gear we provide you
Can you climb a ladder? Are you excited to try new things? This would be awesome for you! The Telluride Via Ferrata is appropriate for all ages and ability levels and is a great group or family outing.
There are no prerequisites for the Telluride Via Ferrata trip. All you need is a great attitude, sense of adventure, and the gear. We’ll take care of the rest!
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I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed climbing with Pat on Saturday and Sunday. We got a lot of hard routes in on both of those half-days, and I had a ball. More importantly, Pat is a great guy; I really enjoyed our time together. – N. Subashi
Telluride, Colorado: Getting Here
Telluride is located in the SW corner of Colorado, approximately 45 minutes southwest of Montrose. In the winter, Telluride is well known for it’s winter sports including resort and backcountry skiing. In the summer, there is an abundance of rock climbing, mountain hiking, peak climbing, and of course the brand new Telluride Via Ferrata.
Flights: The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Montrose, CO. Many airline options exist, and most connections originate from Denver, CO. It is also possible to fly into Durango, CO, Telluride, CO, or Albuquerque, NM. It may be necessary to rent a car and drive to Telluride if you’d like to fly into one of either of these airports.
Driving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Telluride. If you plan on renting a car, please consider the winter weather when selecting your vehicle and at a minimum choose something that offers either front wheel or all-wheel drive.
- Montrose, CO: 45 mins
- Durango, CO: 2 hours
- Denver, CO: 6 hours
- Albuquerque, NM: 4.5 hours
- Salt Lake City, UT: 6 hours
Hotels: Ouray has a number of great hotels, suites, and vacation rentals for you to stay in while you’re in the area. Give our office a call at 800-642-5389 if you have any questions about what would suite you best for this trip!
- Box Canyon Lodge
- Ouray Chalet
- San Juan Chalet
- Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
- All Via Ferrata gear
- Round-trip transportation from Telluride
- Gourmet lunch can be provided upon request for an additional fee
- Not Included:
- 5% land use surcharge
- Guide gratuity
- Personal clothing/shoes
- Registration and Cancellation:
- Advance Registration is required for this program. You have the option to either call our office and register via phone, fill out our pdf Registration Form and send it in via fax or email, or utilize our secure Online Reservation System. All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.