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About Us

From Your Colorado Guide

AVA….Your Colorado Guide!             

Arkansas Valley Adventures, more commonly known as AVA, is a whitewater rafting and adventure tour company with locations through the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We specialize in creating unforgettable outdoor experiences in Colorado.  In addition to world-class whitewater rafting on eight different rivers across Colorado, we also provide zip line tours at two locations, rock climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding, train rides, hot air balloon rides, hiking, cabins and camping.

The 2017 season will be our 19th year in business providing our guests with amazing adventures. Throughout the existence of AVA, it has been our goal to advance the industry of whitewater rafting and of adventure outfitters. Take a look at our reviews on TripAdvisor to see what people are saying about our adventure trips!

AVA is a Licensed River Outfitter - Issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Buena Vista Location:

Idaho Springs Location:

Kremmling Location:

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Once again, ALL of our locations have been awarded Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor!

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We strive to be the best:

Whether it's guest service, safety, gear, guides & staff, our outposts or our website.

Plain and simple, we set the bar for Colorado adventure companies.

The Colorado Mountains offer endless ways to bring adventure to your life! Adventures in Colorado and adventures in Summit County include whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, hot springs, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, ski lift rides, and much more! 

Our main three outposts for AVA’s activities:

  • Granite, CO (between Buena Vista and Leadville) MAP
  • Idaho Springs, CO (30 minutes from downtown Denver) MAP
  • Kremmling, CO (45 minutes from Winter Park) MAP

We can also design a custom Colorado mountain adventure for any group. You pick the length of time and the details, such as meals and door-to-door transportation. We can provide you with a simple BBQ with hot dogs and hamburgers or a gourmet meal with fine wine. Activities like whitewater rafting and rock climbing are also excellent activities for teambuilding. We cater to the specific needs of your group to make an adventure in Colorado happen for you!

AVA acknowledges safety as our number one priority on your Colorado adventures. We provide only the best quality gear. We also require helmets on any rafting adventure Class III or higher, which is above and beyond the state standards. Our guides are extremely well trained, and many have years of experience leading adventures in Colorado.

AVA is a Licensed River Outfitter - Issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Also operating under permit by the White River National Forest. AVA is an equal opportunity employer. AVA reserves the right to change minimum age requirements depending on water levels and individual qualifications.

*****All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.