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Telluride Via Ferrata Eyes Historic U.S. Forest Service Designation
September 5th, 2023

Telluride Via Ferrata Eyes Historic U.S. Forest Service Designation

The Telluride Via Ferrata may see big changes soon - as a part of the U.S. Forest Service trail system.

Mountain Trip has furthered its commitment to protect and preserve the Telluride Via Ferrata by increasing the donation to the Telluride Via Ferrata Sustainability Fund from $5 to $10 per guest they guide on the route.

The additional funds are being raised to support the TVF's adoption into the U.S. Forest Service trail system, which would make TVF the first via ferrata route in the U.S. to receive official designation. The plan that's being introduced aims to incorporate the route into the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service trail system, with the goal of upgrading the route to meet agency requirements and engineering standards.

"This monumental undertaking represents a years-long collaboration between land managers, enthusiasts, communities and environmental groups,” said Todd Rutledge, owner of Mountain Trip and Telluride Mountain Club board member. “By supporting the Via Ferrata Sustainability Fund, our guests can also actively participate in the ongoing protection, stewardship and improvement of this incredible route.”

Officially making the TVF part of the U.S. Forest Service’s trail system will further conservation efforts and ensure the long-term sustainability of this popular outdoor attraction. This significant development will increase protection and stewardship for the iconic route and highlights a community-wide commitment to sustainable outdoor recreation.

Click here for more information about the Telluride Via Ferrata Sustainability Fund

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