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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.

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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.

  • Smaller Groups Sizes

  • We will be abiding by all guidelines, but that will not stop us from taking you on amazing trips.

  • Private Boats

  • We will offer upgrades to private boats, so you do not have to worry about being in close quarters with any other parties.

  • Extra Sanitation Processes

  • 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.

Best of the Rockies

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!

Best of the Rockies 2018 Winner


  • 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.

  • 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 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!!

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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