Taos Via Ferrata
The Taos Ski Valley Via Ferrata, situated at 11,500 feet in the sub-alpine ecosystem of Kachina Peak, features beginner through advanced via ferrata route challenges, a 100-foot skybridge, and a double-cable catwalk. Novice climbers can experience the thrill of cabled mountain travel under the supervision of a guide, and progress to vertical terrain with spectacular views of the Rio Hondo and Wheeler Peak Wilderness.
Guests are encouraged to reserve a spot 24 hours in advance and must complete a waiver prior to getting on the route. Guides will call guests the afternoon before a tour with more information and complete an on-mountain safety orientation prior to starting the tour.
SANGRE DE CRISTO SKYBRIDGE TOUR
Our introduction to Via Ferrata. You will get to experience a great selection of beginner and intermediate routes, including our show-stopping traverse across an 100’ skybridge suspended 50' in the air. Along the way, our guides will share information and stories about the history, culture, and natural environment that make Taos Ski Valley so unique.
THE K CHUTES TOUR
Challenge yourself on our more intermediate and advanced Via Ferrata Routes with some of the most iconic rock faces on Kachina Peak. As part of this tour you will experience the thrill of traversing across a 30' Double Cable Catwalk, suspended 20' in the air.
What is a via ferrata?
"Via Ferrata" is Italian for "iron path" and describes a climbing route made up of steel cables, handholds, and ladders permanently fixed into the rock used to guide participants through a designated route.
When are tours AVAILABLE?
Tours are available 7 days a week. Weekday tours start at 9AM and 1PM.
Are there physical requirements to go on the Via Ferrata?
Guests must weigh between 88 and 264 pounds, in good physical condition, able to climb a vertical ladder, and be 12 years of age or older. Guests 10 or 11 years old may participate with a private guide.
Do I need Climbing Experience?
No! Via Ferratas are a great introduction to climbing, providing a safe environment to explore the summer alpine landscape.
Do I need a Guide?
Yes. All guests must have a guide to climb on the routes.
What happens in the case of inclement weather?
If we are unable to start a tour, we will provide a full refund. If we have to turn back due to weather, we will offer a voucher for a future tour date.
Can I wear my own shoes?
Yes. Approach style shoes are preferred, but low-top, soft rubber athletic shoes or hiking boots are also acceptable. All shoes must be closed-toe. Kachina Sports offers approach shoes for rent.
What is included in the price?
Tickets include the price of a rental harness, via ferrata lanyard, and helmet.
What is recommended I bring with me?
The weather is always changing. We recommend bringing a warm layer, a waterproof jacket, water, and a few snacks.
Can I carry a backpack?
Yes! You are welcome to carry a backpack as long as it fits closely to the body and has minimal hanging straps
How long are the tours?
Each route takes about 3 hours.
How many people can be in my group?
Groups are limited to a maximum of 5 guests and a guide.