AVA’s goal is always to set the bar for our industry: from guides and training to guest service, outposts and gear. We know, we might be tooting our own horn a bit. But otherwise how will you know? At AVA, 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, off-road tours, train rides, hot air balloon rides, cabins and camping. If you’re looking for an unforgettable outdoor experience in Colorado, you’ve come to the right place.
At AVA, we specialize in creating unforgettable outdoor experiences in Colorado, and we take pride in giving you the best adventure possible.
Our Commitment to the Outdoors
This year, we are committed to getting you outside more than ever. While the first part of 2020 has been tough on all of us, we want to be here for you to help clear your mind and get outside.
We can’t think of a better way to start the healing process than by flying high through the alpine trees on our zipline course. We will be modifying all of our trips so they are safe, but we can’t think of a better way to spend time this summer than exploring everything Colorado has to offer outside.
We are committed to getting you outdoors, so you can enjoy everything this great state has to offer.
We will be abiding by all guidelines, but that will not stop us from taking you on amazing trips.
We will offer upgrades to private boats, so you do not have to worry about being in close quarters with any other parties.
While we can assure you our gear is always clean, we will be following CDC guidelines on extra sanitation for all of our shared gear.
We have been operating outdoor trips in the Rockies for more than 20 years, and we cannot wait to continue the adventures with you this summer!
Just a tad more bragging: AVA Rafting & Zipline is taking home the trophy for two categories in the Best of the Rockies contest held annually by Elevation Outdoors. We got Best Whitewater Guide Service in the Rocky Mountains and our Cliffside Zipline in Idaho Springs won Best Adventure Park in the Rocky Mountains. Help us celebrate with an adventure!
We partner with the Center for Outdoor Ethics to Leave No Trace in our beloved public lands, and embody the leave no trace mission in our daily operations.
We work with the Colorado Tourism Office to bring you the best recreational activities that Colorado has to offer.
We partner with the historic town of Idaho Springs to bring more people into Clear Creek county to enjoy the outdoors. We are honored to have won the Best of Idaho Springs rafting company in 2019!
By Bryan P. on 6/28/2018
Overall I would highly recommend AVA as your adventure guides in beautiful Buena Vista. Our zipline guides were cracking jokes the whole time and really made the experience that much better. On the way home we stopped at a hamburger/milkshake shop called K’s, recommended by our climbing guide, and it was just the thing we needed for the drive home. The guides provide excellent, fun, and safe services for you and tips are encouraged.
By Rachel B. On 8/14/2019
This was the perfect introduction to rafting for our family. Our 5 and 7 year old had a great time as well as the adults. The kids even opted to jump from the small cliff! It was an awesome family experience!
By Karen On 3/11/2019
My eight year old daughter and I did the Idaho Springs zipline adventure. We both LOVED it! She zipped tandem with Shawn and was fearless with him. He made her, and me, feel comfortable and ready to try this new adventure. My daughter loved it so much that she now wants to be a zip liner for Halloween! ????. Thank you for a wonderful adventure!!
Not only do AVA guides go through three times the state required training, they also run more people on Class IV and V whitewater than any outfitter in Colorado. Our guides are highly experienced and many come work at AVA just because of our reputation for professional, Class V river running.
AVA runs more people on Class IV and V whitewater rafting trips than any outfitter in Colorado. AVA runs over 60% of all the rafters that go down Pine Creek, the only Class V section on the Arkansas River. Our guides are highly experienced and many come work at AVA just because of our reputation for professional, Class V river running. See all Advanced Rafting trips.
Our Rafting + Zipline packages, Rafting + Rock Climbing + Zipline packages, offer max convenience as they all take place in one location. We have 2 zipline courses – our Cliffside Zipline in Idaho Springs and Mountaintop Zipline in Buena Vista – right where our rafting trips take place. This saves you time, effort and money and lets you focus on the most important thing: quality fun and adventure with your family and friends. See all Packages.
We offer a 92% refund to any guest who needs to cancel their adventure until 7pm the night before the trip date. Trip changes must be completed by 7pm the night before the trip to avoid change fees. Trip changes after 7pm will result in a 15% change fee and are subject to availability. If you do cancel your reservation after 7pm the night before the trip, your reservation will be converted to an open credit equal to 85% of the total cost of your adventure.
Cancellation policy as outlined above only applies to those who did not opt out of the cancellation guarantee for a reduced total trip cost. View our full Cancellation Policy on our FAQ page.