Meet Our Guides & Staff

AVA Rafting & Zipline has the most talented, passionate and experienced employees that are taking our company to the next level. AVA staff members not only provide extraordinary guest service but they create an unforgettable experience for our guests. They are here because they love what they do and they are darn good at it! Let’s give our AVA Staff a shout out to how awesome they all are! Keep up the good work!

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Rafting Guide in Idaho Springs

Amber Nelson

This is my first year as a river guide and it is becoming a big passion of mine. I also love rock climbing! VENMO: beram321

Hometown Santa Rosa, CA

AVA Employee Since 2021

Favorite Trips The Lower Canyon on Clear Creek

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Zipline Guide in Idaho Springs

Jess Reynolds

This is my first year guiding ziplining and I’m having a blast! I have a pup named Lucy and we love hiking and cuddling during our time off :) VENMO: jessica-reynolds26

Hometown Kosciusko, Mississippi

AVA Employee Since 2021

Favorite Trips Cliffside Zipline Half Day

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Zipline Guide in Idaho Springs

Austin Pederson

My names Otter, and I've been zipping for a few years! I love being outside, and helping people have fun, and teaching them about their surroundings! VENMO: theotter_guy

Hometown Boulder, CO

AVA Employee Since 2021

Favorite Trips Cliffside Zipline Half Day

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Rafting Guide in Buena Vista

Randy Rothwell

This is my 19th season as a raft guide. I've worked on over a dozen different rivers, but call the Arkansas Valley home in the summer and the Gauley River home in the fall. When I'm not on the water I'm either climbing with my splitboard, nordic skiing, or relaxing in my little mountain home! VENMO: RRothwell

Hometown Cheyenne, WY

AVA Employee Since 2014

Favorite Trips The Gauntlet- Pine Creek & Numbers

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Zipline Guide in Idaho Springs

Colleen McLoughlin

This is my first season as a zipline guide, but definitely won't be my last. It allows me to share my love of Colorado and all its wildlife with so many people every day. On my off time I enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming, doing yoga, and hanging with friends and their pets. VENMO: colleen-mcloughlin

Hometown Long Branch, NJ

AVA Employee Since 2021

Favorite Trips Cliffside Zipline Half Day

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Assistant Operations Manager in Kremmling

Sarah Grace

I am big into adaptive outdoor adventures! I have been with AVA for now 3 seasons and in my free time you can either find me at Red Rocks or on the Colorado River in my big red kayak! VENMO: Smiles-sg

Hometown Ferriday, Louisiana

AVA Employee Since 2019

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