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

Olivia Karaszewski2024-06-12

We had an incredible experience with AVA Rafting & Zipline last weekend for our birthdays! My husband, two friends, and I went white water rafting in Buena Vista, and it was an adventure we'll never forget. Our guide, Todd, was absolutely amazing. His expertise and enthusiasm made the trip both thrilling and safe. We tackled class 4 rapids, and Todd’s guidance ensured we had an exhilarating and enjoyable time. The scenery was breathtaking, and the entire tour was perfectly organized from start to finish. If you're looking for a top-notch rafting experience with skilled and friendly guides, look no further than AVA Rafting & Zipline. We can't wait to return for another adventure!

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Gale Yocom2024-06-22

There is not a company out there in Colorado that cares this much about the experience of their customer. We did the Via Ferrate with the amazing Jessi and Cody. These two made our experience incredible. Their professionalism and humor turned this into one of my favorite adventures. I had my 12-year-old son with me and felt 100% safe and taken care of the entire time.

Everyone has to listen to this!!! If you are going to do river rafting, you have to do the overnight with AVA! This is an experience of a lifetime. The entire team, from the Boss Boss (Duke) to Todd to Heather to our amazing guides Brighton and Will, made this a father and son trip that will never be forgotten. The day before the trip, they overcame several obstacles to ensure that we could take this trip. I run a company, Strong Fitness, in Dallas, and their care for the customers matches my own, which is hard to do!

I would trust this company with all my trips on the mountain or river in Buena Vista, CO. We are going back with more friends and family if they will have us.

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Edgardo alomar2024-06-19

We did the Via Ferrata with Julian and Ernie and it was one of the most fun experiences of my life. They taught me how to do a flip on a zipline an hang upside down an how to jump of the side of a cliff. 10/10!

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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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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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