Telluride’s Via Ferrata
- Please only navigate the Via Ferrata from East to West this summer (one direction of flow will help comply with health orders)
- Wearing a mask is highly recommend, especially when you are around other users
- Keep 6 feet of separation (yes, physical distancing applies on the Via Ferrata)
- We recommend frequent hand washing or sanitizing (avoid touching your face while on main event)
Telluride’s Via Ferrata has evolved from underground status to a hugely popular and well-used route.
Even if some of its sections seem more like an exposed hiking trail than a rock climb, make no mistake, our via ferrata route requires technical climbing abilities and gear. An accident on the via ferrata could easily have fatal consequences, and even a sprained ankle can quickly become a serious event and potentially a major rescue. Please read through the list of recommended gear, safety tips and general information at the bottom of this page before you head out. If you have any doubts about your abilities, please hire a local guide to take you for a more enjoyable (and less stressful) experience.
If you have anything to report about the route, such as loose holds, maintenance concerns, changes in the route or other info, please contact us.
Via Ferrata Sustainability Fund
If you are a fan of Telluride’s Via Ferrata (the Krogerata) and are interested in helping to keep the route free and open to the public for future generations, we encourage you to learn about and donate to the Via Ferrata Sustainability Fund (you can learn more here).
The via ferrata in Telluride, also known as the “Krogerata,” was the brain child of renowned climber and local builder, Chuck Kroger. Many sections of the route are un-cabled to add technical mountaineering elements (something Chuck cherished). These elements include necessity of harnesses, carabiners, shock-absorbing leashes and knowledge of how to utilize hand and footholds (both manmade and natural). These technical elements show up fairly early in Telluride’s via ferrata and require you to make decisions as to whether or not you are prepared for the endeavor. The via ferrata isn’t for everyone, but it is for everyone who is prepared.
Scroll down and click on the appropriate tab to learn more about tips, parking, route direction, best practices, gear and more.