Via Ferrata is an alpine adventure rapidly growing in popularity in North America. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is home to over 15 different Via Ferrata routes on an ever-expanding course. Still new to the United States, the name Via Ferrata evokes a sense of mystery and begs the question: what is a Via Ferrata?


Via Ferrata, which translates to "iron path" in Italian, has a rich history that dates back to the late 19th century. Originally developed in the Italian Dolomites as a means of moving troops through the mountains during World War I, Via Ferrata has since evolved into a thrilling adventure sport enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. The concept involves a series of steel cables, iron rungs, ladders, and bridges strategically fixed to rock faces, enabling climbers to traverse and climb with confidence. Via Ferrata routes offer a unique blend of hiking and rock climbing, combining the thrill of vertical ascents with breathtaking views and a sense of adventure. Today, Via Ferrata routes can be found in various mountainous regions around the globe, offering individuals of different skill levels the opportunity to experience the joy and excitement of scaling cliffs in a controlled manner.



When embarking on the Jackson Hole Via Ferrata, climbers are outfitted with a harness, helmet, and approach shoes. Groups are accompanied by an experienced guide who provides instruction and coaching (and takes all the best photos). Along the routes, climbers attach themselves to the metal cables using a system of carabiners and lanyards, known as a Via Ferrata set. As climbers progress on the route, they use a combination of iron rungs, steps, and natural holds on the rock to ascend.



The resort's Via Ferrata route provides a thrilling combination of guided climbing and scenic exploration. As you ascend the rugged mountain faces, you'll encounter suspended bridges, iron rungs, and cable traverses, all while soaking in breathtaking views of the Teton Valley. Our Via Ferrata is designed to cater to various skill levels, from beginners looking for a new challenge to experienced climbers seeking an adrenaline rush. With its perfect blend of excitement and natural beauty, the Via Ferrata offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore the mountains from a unique and thrilling perspective.

 Young girl climbing up the Via Ferrata


Yes! Via Ferrata routes are designed to accommodate a wide range of individuals, from beginners to experienced climbers. Our guides will customize your climb to fit your goals and ability level. The minimum age on the Jackson Hole Via Ferrata is 10 years old, younger kids can practice for a future Via Ferrata climb on the Climbing Wall and Aerial Ropes Course.

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