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AVA Rafting & Zipline


We're More Than Rafting. We Are the Outdoors.

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.

Whether it’s world-class whitewater on one of 8 rivers, one of the 2 ziplines or Via Ferrata courses high among the mountaintops, a rock climbing excursion, fly fishing trip, horseback ride, guided hiking trip, train ride, or on a hot air balloon outing, we strive to make that smile on your face permanent.

Enhance your time in Colorado with an AVA adventure.



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Best of the Rockies 2018

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!

Best of the Rockies 2018 Winner

Our Partners

  • Leave No Trace

  • 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 at AVA.

  • The Colorado Tourism Office

  • We work with the Colorado Tourism Office to bring you the best recreational activities that Colorado has to offer.

  • This is Idaho Springs

  • 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!

What others are saying


By NacTraveler on 7/23/2017

Our group of rafters were ages 7-78. I was so impressed that our guide Nat was able to quickly put at ease our reluctant 7 year old. Nate’s instructions were always very clear with no ambiguity. He made sure that all rafters were comfortable and confident about their ability to raft. He also provided historical information on the area. Requesting Nate as your guide will help make certain that you have a great experience.


By Catherine M. On 7/14/2017

We’re from Chicago and the closest thing to whitewater rafting is driving down a pothole filled street in the spring. So this was AMAZING!! We all had a great time and since we were all novices the guides took extra care to make sure we felt safe. Thank you Lucas and Max.


By Karen P. On 8/2/2017

We went for a zip line tour and had so much fun we did it again the same day! Guides Sunshine Autumn and Kenny were amazing great with kids and scared adults. What’s great about this location is that you are actually zip lining in a nature course and not in a field.

Read more about recent experiences with AVA Rafting & Zipline.

Our Specialties

Why Choose AVA

We Strive to be the Best

AVA has established itself as a leader in the rafting and adventure outfitter business. From our guides and staff to outposts, equipment, trip offerings and level of service, we strive to set the bar at every turn.

Value & Quality

Our goal is to provide you with a top notch experience every time! Wetsuits, splash jackets, helmets, PFDs and paddles are included on your AVA-run rafting trip. We don't feel you should have to pay extra to be safe and warm.

We Have the Trip for You

We want to fit the trip to you, not fit you to the trip. With rafting on 8 rivers across the beautiful state of Colorado, 2 unique zipline courses, a via ferrata, horseback riding and more, AVA has the perfect adventure for you!

Dedication to Nature

AVA strives to bring awareness & understanding of the surrounding wilderness to our guests. Our Colorado vacations help instill appreciation for the natural environment while offering an adventurous and unique view of the Rocky Mountains.

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