Via Ferrata Triple Crown – Telluride, Ouray, Gold Mountain

Via Ferrata Triple Crown – Telluride, Ouray, Gold Mountain | Mountain Trip Guide Service Partnership with Basecamp Ouray

Only available in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, the Via Ferrata Triple Crown is a totally unique adventure incorporating all three local via ferrata routes—Telluride, Ouray, and Gold Mountain—into one package! We’re excited to be partnering with Basecamp Ouray to offer this extraordinary new trip. No where else in the United States can you find a combination of via ferrata routes like this one, with breathtaking alpine views, thrilling heights, and a distinctive physical and mental challenge.

Over the course of three straight days you will traverse more than four miles of terrain with Mountain Trip or Basecamp Ouray AMGA trained or certified guides. Each route offers its own unique experience and set of challenges. The trip starts with the Telluride Via Ferrata—the original San Juan via ferrata—started in 2006 by visionary local climber, Chuck Kroeger, and completed years later. The next day you will quest across the Ouray Via Ferrata, which traverses along the Uncompahgre Gorge across from the world-famous Ouray Ice Park. And on the final day you will journey up an astounding 1,200 vertical feet on the new Gold Mountain Via Ferrata. Keep reading to learn more about each of these great via ferratas!

The Telluride Via Ferrata is a classic via ferrata route in the sense that it’s a high-alpine traverse, and features an extraordinary thrill as only a small portion of the route is cabled. The rest is essentially a narrow hiking trail with a precarious 300-foot-plus drop off close to your side. Many choose to traverse this route with a guide as they can help provide additional protection through some of the uncabled sections of trail. With incredible views of Bridal Veil Falls and surrounding mountain peaks, this is easily the most scenic of the three courses—not to say the others aren’t scenic too!

The Ouray Via Ferrata follows steep granite walls through the Uncompahgre Gorge with beautiful views of the jagged peaks above and the rushing, colorful waters of the Uncompahgre River below. It has two routes to chose from, but for the Triple Crown we’ll do the classic Downstream Route. It’s 100% cabled with a mix of horizontal and vertical travel on fixed steel rungs, ending with either the Sky Bridge or Sky Climb, depending on your desired level of excitement.

The Gold Mountain Via Ferrata is the highlight of this entire trip! Access to the Gold Mountain Via Ferrata is very limited and we are thrilled to be able to run trips on this exclusive San Juan adventure through a new partnership with Basecamp Ouray, who manages the route. With sections of overhanging of rungs, it’s more physically challenging than the other two routes, although still made for beginners. It features 12 pitches, including two suspension bridges, and climbs a total of 1,200 vertical feet. It concludes on a one-of-a-kind, 300-foot suspension bridge—the second longest in the country. This makes the Gold Mountain Via Ferrata the highest and longest via ferrata in the United States! While on route, you’ll get a glimpse into the area’s unique mining history as the route takes you through the Memphis Mine, a historic gold mine that was operational in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. With only one group allowed at a time, the Gold Mountain Via Ferrata is an unforgettable experience that combines adventure, history, and stunning scenery. Additionally, after your epic climb and atop the Gold Mountain Via Ferrata, enjoy lunch at 11,000 feet at a summer BBQ kitchen with stunning mountain views.

With eight total via ferratas in Colorado, you can knock out three of them in as many days right here in the San Juan Mountains!

To make a reservation, please click below.

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What is the a Via Ferrata?

“Via ferrata” is Italian for “iron way.” The original via ferratas were developed during WWI on the Italian and Austrian border to move troops through exposed, high-mountain terrain. Think of it as a trail hike that runs along a sheer cliff with steel rungs to hold onto and a cable to clip into when the going gets steep. In its essence, it is a high-consequence alpine traverse. Accompanied by a trained and experienced guide, the Via Ferrata Triple Crown is a perfect adventure for visitors of a wide range of abilities, and especially those who love a good via ferrata route; albeit not particularly for those who have an abject fear of heights.

Please Note:

  • We do not provide transportation on open trips; however, transport can be requested for private trips, and we do provide a shuttle for trips on the Gold Mountain Via Ferrata. 
  • We ask that those with minors under 16 years of age book a private trip.
  • Open trips require at least two people to be signed up by the day before departure for the trip to run. In the case we don’t, you will have the opportunity to upgrade to a private trip should you still wish to attend. 
  • Please let us know if anyone in your group has less than a 62-inch reach, or weighs under 90 pounds or over 265 pounds. As of May 6, 2023, Ouray Via Ferrata route regulations mention that participants who fall within these specifications are required to go with a guide as they may need an additional belay for the vertical climbing sections of the route.
  • Participants must fit our rated equipment in order to participate on via ferrata trips. We use the Black Diamond Momentum Harness, which goes up to a 41-inch waist. If any individual does not fit the equipment we provide, they will not be able to attend. 

If you have questions, please contact the Mountain Trip office at [email protected] or (970) 369-1153.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included in the Trip Fee:

  • Guidance of our highly experienced Mountain Trip guides.
  • All necessary protective equipment where it is required.
  • Assistance arranging post-trip activities in the area.

Not Included in the Trip Fee:

  • Travel to and from southwest Colorado.
  • Personal clothing and equipment per our equipment list. (Please, just ask us if you need anything!)
  • Accommodations in Colorado.
  • Travel and/or rescue insurance. (The CORSAR card is an inexpensive way to reimburse local rescue groups for costs incurred during a rescue in Colorado.)
  • Costs incurred due to evacuation or unplanned departure from the area due to illness or other problems.
  • Costs incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Mountain Trip.
  • Costs as a result of force majeure.

Refunds and Cancellations

Mountain Trip recognizes how difficult and disappointing it can be for guests who must cancel trips. Guests must also recognize that, due to the nature of planning trips and contracting guides for specific dates, Mountain Trip also accrues significant expenses in organizing our excursions. We must therefore adhere to a strict refund policy for all guests.

We require 100% payment at the time of booking and at least 72 hours’ notice for cancellations and rescheduling of activities. If you would like to purchase travel insurance to protect a trip in case of last-minute cancellations, you can do so via Travel Guard HERE.

We are happy to work with you to reschedule to a new date, or if you need to cancel entirely, we will provide a full refund with a minimum of 72 hours’ notice. If you cancel inside of 72 hours ahead of a trip departure, or do not show up, you will not be refunded and will have to reschedule by paying full price.

Participants must fit our rated equipment in order to participate on via ferrata trips. We use the Black Diamond Momentum Harness, which goes up to a 41-inch waist. If any individual does not fit the equipment we provide, they will not be able to attend. 

All requests for refunds must be made in writing and received in our Colorado office. No refunds will be provided for cancellations occurring within the last three days prior to the scheduled date of a trip.

Mountain Trip reserves the right to cancel a trip prior to the departure date for any reason. In such an event, all monies collected by Mountain Trip from trip participants shall be promptly refunded. This is the extent of our financial liability.

Weather Cancellations

We, Mountain Trip and our guides, reserve the right to make all weather-related decisions in regards to the cancellation of trips. 

The following is a list of guide-recommended gear for doing the Via Ferrata Triple Crown with Mountain Trip and Basecamp Ouray. In general, you’ll want a good selection of hiking layers appropriate for summer conditions in the San Juan Mountains. Whatever gear you choose, please make sure it fits well so you fully enjoy your experience in the mountains. The Via Ferrata Triple Crown is an amazing adventure, but it should be taken seriously as it is a true alpine endeavor.

We provide all of the necessary technical climbing equipment, including all helmets, harnesses, and via ferrata lanyards. We recommend that all climbers bring a daypack with water, snacks and sunscreen, as well as a rain jacket. Climbers are also welcome to bring and use their own gear upon inspection by one of our guides.

In addition to what we provide and have available to rent, there is also a good selection of gear available in Telluride and Ouray. If you have any specific questions about what you might need, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Mountain Trip office.

Print Equipment


GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Trekking Shoes or Boots for ColoradoComfortable, well broken in trekking shoes or lightweight boots will work for approaching climbs, the Telluride Via Ferrata or climbing 14ers. Good traction is important for all of the above. Contact our office for more detailed advice!

Torso Layers

GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Rain Jacket for ColoradoA rain shell can be your most important layer as we often experience afternoon showers during the summer months in Colorado. It should be packable and in good working order meaning that, in addition to being waterproof, it still has a functional water repellent finish and beads water on the surface of the fabric.

Head and Hands

GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
SunglassesSunglasses are essential in the mountains. Choose a pair that are comfortable and provide 100% UVA and UVB protection.
Via Ferrata GlovesA thin pair of gloves will help keep your hands warm as the steel rungs and cables can be cold in the morning. Good dexterity is important for these gloves. We are happy to provide you with gloves if you do not have any with you.

Packs and Duffels

GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Small Pack Colorado Day HikesDay hikes and the Via Ferrata require a small backpack or Camelback style hydration pack. It need only be large enough for a camera, water and light additional clothing layers for the day.


GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Two (2) One-Liter Water BottlesYou will need two, 1-liter plastic water bottles. Please bring wide-mouth bottles, such as those from Nalgene, as these are much easier to fill than bottles with small openings.
CameraMost climbers these days use their phone as a camera, but if you plan to bring a dedicated camera, consider a small, light weight point and shoot camera. If you are a photography buff and really want to bring a DSLR, plan for that extra weight with your training!
Lip BalmBring a tube of quality lip balm with sun protection (SPF).
SunscreenThe sun can be intense in Colorado, so please apply high SPF sunscreen prior to your trip and bring a small tube along to reapply during the day.
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