Telluride Via Ferrata

Traverse the wildly exposed cliff band above the town of Telluride on one of only a handful of Via Ferratas (Italian for “Iron Road”) in the United States. Using a Via Ferrata kit, climbers attached to themselves to a steel cable that runs along the route, which is periodically fixed to the rock in the most difficult sections. This is a worthwhile objective unlike any climb or hike you’ve been on before!

April – November

1 person: $350
2 people: $231 per person
3 people: $175 per person
4 people: $147 per person


Peak Takes the Skylight Arete Approach

Peak’s standard approach to the via ferrata is by way of Skylight Arete or Ame’s Way, a 3 pitch rock climb route. It is possible to gain the terrace and via ferrata without climbing Skylight or Ame’s Way, but we recommend taking the less traveled and more exotic route. We’ll then traverse the via ferrata along the standard route, taking time along the way to climb some of the best pitches of rock climbing.

A Little History

Via Ferratas were originally created as a way to move troops through the mountains of Europe during WWI. Many battles took place between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces in the Dolomites of Italy. Seeking a way to make the mountains more accessible, both sides built these routes to aid in their mountain mobility. Later they evolved into a fun recreational activity and have become increasingly popular elsewhere in the world. Our local Via Ferrata has a much more pleasant history being created specifically for fun by Telluride local, Chuck Kroger. Chuck had the vision to make an easily accessed mountain adventure for people of all ages and skill levels.

Peak Mountain Guides is a proud partner and supporter of the Via Ferrata Sustainability Fund. This fund was set up to help protect Telluride’s unique via ferrata well into the future and preserve its free access to the public. As a friend of the via ferrata, Peak Mountain Guides has accepted a role in route stewardship and has generously agreed to help cover costs associated with engineering, analysis, reporting, and more. In an effort to help keep the via ferrata open for the long-term future, we’ve added a $5 per person surcharge that will go directly to the Via Ferrata Sustainability Fund. By joining us, you’re helping to support this special route in the San Juan Mountains.


Group Size

This is a private program, no one else will be paired with your party. If your group is lar