Ouray Via Ferrata Downstream Route

This is the Via Ferrata you came to climb!

The Downstream Via is Ouray’s original route and set the standard for via ferratas in Colorado. 

You will travel on steep, rocky terrain, all the while connected to a series of steel cables, and utilize metal rungs and steps to climb the canyon walls.

Experience exciting technical sections like the Sky Climb and breath taking views of the San Juan Mountains.

This trip is suitable for those who are able to hike over rocky terrain for 4 hours and climb a ladder.

Cirque’s AMGA Rock or Alpine Guides will tailor the Ouray Via Ferrata trip to suit your group’s abilities and goals.


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Trips offered May through September.


Adventurers Trip Cost Cost per
1 $399
2 $470 $235
3 $567 $189
4 $660 $165
5 $745 $149


Trip Length
The Downstream Route takes an average of four hours to complete. Some parties may finish in three hours, others might need six.

Group Size
This private trip can accommodate most group sizes. There can be a maximum of five climbers per guide.

Departure Times
8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Location
The Ouray Via Ferrata parking lot.

We provide all technical equipment (via ferrata lanyard, harness, helmet, gloves). Participants must bring shoes with good tread and weather appropriate clothing.

Included in your trip cost

  • One day of guiding in Ouray, CO
  • Trip lead by an AMGA Rock or Alpine Guide
  • All technical equipment (via ferrata lanyard, harness, helmet, gloves)


Not included in your trip cost

  • Meals/Personal snacks
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Customary guide gratuity
  • Trip/Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Incurred costs by leaving a program early
  • Incurred costs as a result of force majeure