Adventures of a Life time

For over 25 years, it has been our passion to guide people in exploring Colorado’s natural wonders.

We know Colorado and all her wild extremes — join us in discovering extraordinary adventures and create memories that will last a lifetime!

White Water Rafting

From exhilarating to heart pounding, there is no greater way to experience Colorado than through our guided rafting trips on some of Colorado’s most pristine rivers.

Why AVA?

  • 25 years in service
  • Your safety is our job
  • We set the bar high
  • We have the trip for you


AVA offers exciting Denver, CO ziplining trips at two locations: Idaho Springs, just 30 minutes from Denver, and Buena Vista, located in the Arkansas River Valley. Ziplining in either Colorado location is a one-of-a-kind adventure!

Via Ferrata and Rock Climbing

Join us for vertical adventure that both challenges and takes your breath away. Explore the Colorado mountains from new heights tailored to your skill level and take in the panoramic views!

Explore all our Colorado adventures

Make Colorado the destination of your next adventure, and let AVA be your Colorado guide! We have over 20 years of service in Colorado whitewater rafting and activities for everyone from first-timers to outdoor thrill-seekers.

Fly Fishing

Our fly fishing trips are perfect for beginners hoping to learn basic technique through more advanced anglers looking to discover Colorado’s best fishing spots! Join us on one of our overnight and multiple day fly fishing trips for a complete outdoor adventure experience.

Trending Trips for Everyone

Guest on the 78-foot free fall on AVA's Granite Via Ferrata course.
Thrilling & Very Active
Best for thrill seekers

Colorado Via Ferrata – Granite

Adventure awaits as you conquer the cliffside on this unique mountaintop climbing experience. Feel a rush of adrenaline as you traverse across and above [...]

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group rafting on the upper colorado river
Fun & Mellow
Most Popular for All Ages & Abilities

Colorado Scenic Float-Half Day

This wonderful Colorado River float trip is a gently flowing section that is inviting to all ages. You’ll encounter a few small rapids as [...]

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Exciting & Active
Most Popular - Great for Kids

Gold Rush Clear Creek Rafting Adventure

Splash down the Clear Creek mining valley on our 1/3 day Gold Rush trip. Just a short half-hour trip from Denver, this family-friendly rafting [...]

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Rock climbing in the Colorado Mountains.
Heart Pounding
Best for a Full Day of Thrills

The Numbers 1/2 Day + Via Ferrata

This adventure will get your heart rate up and keep it up as you embark on our Numbers + Via Ferrata full-day excursion. This [...]

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A thrilling moment captured as a raft plunges down a steep drop, surrounded by cascading whitewater.
Thrilling & Very Active
Best Value for Family Fun

Browns Canyon Express

Experience the best of the Arkansas River on this 3/4 day trip through class III rapids and the majestic Browns Canyon National Monument. You’ll [...]

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Don't just take our word for it

Ma S2024-05-29

The staff from AVA Rafting & Zipline is amazing, especially Kim! During my CDT thruhike, I created a snow free route that passed by their location along the Scenic Byway. I had two electrolyte drinks and the staff also shared some subs and fruits with me. Super welcoming and kind folks. I wish I had the time to do the tours since their clients seemed well taken care of. From experienced guides to great snacks along the route. If I'm ever in the area again, I'll definitely go rafting with them! ;)

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Ryan Knuppel2024-05-23

My two oldest kids did the zip line experience. They had nothing but great things to say about the adventure and the guides.

Staff was friendly throughout the day as well. Overall great spot!

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Abraham Moralez2023-08-12

I can go on and on about how GREAT this experience was.. I was supposed to go on a different rafting and zip lining experience somewhere else in Colorado but was unable to make it.. I was near by for vacation and I knew I had to go back to do it. I searched for “Denver Rafting” and found AVA with very good reviews and had to look into it! I originally wanted to do the “Gauntlet” as my first rafting experience but instead changed my mind and got the “mountain zip lining and 1/2 day numbers” experience. From the moment I arrived to the moment I left I had smiles, content in my heart and pictures to last a LIFETIME! Jess and Robert were such amazing guides for the zip lining trip and helped everyone especially me since it was my first time to get us in the mindset that no matter what we were safe! Even had the opportunity to race Robert on the fastest line and well experience always wins…throughout the whole experience they were very informative and just very fun to be around!! By far the Rafting was the best part.. Chris was just so helped for everyone on the raft the whole time, no matter if we had people fall out of the raft or even had to rescue a “swimmer” he was ALWAYS Calm, Cool and Collected! After having this experience, I will definitely tell everyone I know that they NEED to have this as well. With all the help throughout the whole process there will be no way that don’t have a GREAT time.

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Jason Scott2022-07-27

We had an absolute blast as always! Shawn and the other AVA guides were amazing. We rode with Shawn and he made the whole trip memorable for our family! He was very knowledgeable and had a ton of facts about the river and all the wildlife in the area. The Browns Canyon is a perfect family trip with enough adventure for all ages. We'll definitely be back!
Thanks for everything Shawn and AVA!!!

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My family had a great trip with AVA! We did mountainside zip lining course near Granite, CO. Our guides Tripp and Jess were amazing! Safety first, but fun was a close second. The lines are through the trees with beautiful views of the Arkansas River and Collegiate Peaks. 6 lines took us over 2 hours to complete. There is a bit of a climb to the first line, but after that it’s easy going!

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