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The Telluride Via Ferrata (TVF) is a pre-existing trail located on National Forest System (NFS) lands, originally constructed without United States Forest Service (USFS) approval. The USFS is currently in the process of officially adopting the trail. Following a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis conducted in 2023 to assess potential impacts on wildlife and plant habitats, the NEPA decision memo concluded that upon upgrading the route infrastructure to meet current USFS engineering standards (ASTM F24, including related F2959, F1193, and F770 as referenced in Forest Service Manuals (FSM) 2340 and 7330), the Telluride Via Ferrata will be integrated as a designated National Forest System trail, accessible for pedestrian use.

The USFS has asked the Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) to lead this project. Currently, TMtC, in collaboration with the Norwood Ranger District of the USFS, is seeking the services of a Qualified Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) to develop engineering designs, drawings, and specifications for Telluride’s Via Ferrata (TVF). After the engineering design is completed and accepted by the TMtC and the USFS, a separate RFP will be issued for construction of the engineered design.


In 2006, local welder and mountaineer, Chuck Kroger, along with help from friends, created the Telluride Via Ferrata (TVF) on the lower slopes of Ajax Mountain. The approximately 8,000 ft. long route traverses the south face of Ajax via a trail and ledge system between Marshall Creek and Ingram Creek. Access to the east end of the TVF is gained from a small parking area located at a switchback on Black Bear Pass Road between the bottom and top of Bridal Veil Falls. The ledge system that the TVF traverses is above the Pipeline Wall rock climbing for a portion of the trail. There are sections along the route where safety cables and progression aides (rungs) were added by Kroger, and after his death from cancer in 2007, by other local climbers & stewards.

The TVF is fairly unique among current US via ferrata installations in that it remains a resource open for public use, similar to many alpine trails and climbing routes on our public lands. The risks are comparable to those encountered on many peaks in the San Juans. The local user community confirmed during public comment period that the region is best served by a route that remains publicly accessible, and not restricted to a concessionaire permit. Public comments also confirmed that route upgrades should maintain the character of the existing route, which is primarily a trail on a ledge system, by not installing extraneous sections of cable, or along the entire route (currently, less than a quarter of the route is cabled).


All questions should be submitted through the official questions portal by clicking this link. Please do not submit questions via phone call or email.

RFP Timeline

  • RFP posting and release: April 1, 2024
  • Preliminary questions due: May 1, 2024
  • Preliminary Q&A response provided: May 15, 2024
  • Pre-bid Tour (required): June 10, 2024
  • Final questions due: June 17, 2024
  • Final Q&A response provided: June 24, 2024
  • Proposals due: July 22, 2024 at 5:00 PM
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Please direct all questions to the online question database linked here.

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