AVA has numerous options for overnight rafting in Colorado. You can do a standard rafting overnight, or mix it up and try our one of our deluxe trips for an added zipline adventure! Maybe you aren’t the biggest fan of sleeping by the river. No problem! Our 2 day packages are made just for you. Spend a day rafting, then head back to our outpost for dinner and a night in one of our fantastic cabins or the beautiful campsite, then wake up on day 2 for a delicious breakfast and high-flying adventure on our Mountaintop Zipline. These packaged deals are the best for those looking for a mountain getaway packed with plenty of adventure and not a lot of hassle. We’ll take care of meals, gear, and all the logistics… your only requirement is to make lasting memories!
When considering an overnight rafting trip, it’s important to consider the actual value and experience when looking at the cost. The important thing to remember about overnight rafting trips in Colorado with AVA is that they are all-inclusive. What does all-inclusive mean exactly? On an overnight rafting trip with AVA, all of your food, overnight gear and the adventure itself are included. The only thing you need is an extra pair of clothes and a sleeping bag! Don’t have a sleeping bag? No problem! We have them available for rent.
We’ll cover the meals, camping equipment and rafting gear; all you have to worry about is bringing your own sleeping bag, or you can rent one from us! A bit too cold to brave the water in just your clothes? No problem; with AVA Rafting, all necessary gear, including wetsuits and splash jackets, are FREE on all trips!
We want to take the stress off your group for these trips. Just sit back, relax, and let our experienced guides cook you dinner along the riverside while you fish, read, or look back at your exciting day on the water.
Breakfast/ lunch/ dinner will be prepared for you. Bring additional snacks and water. Adult beverages are welcome (NO GLASS). Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advanced notice.
You will be sleeping in tents with sleeping bags/ sleeping pads under the breathtaking Colorado stars! Sleeping bags are available for rent or you can bring your own.
Expect to get a little dirty! It is usually pretty uncommon to get muddy river water on your clothes or skin unless you roll around on the side of the riverbank. No showers will be available but it is recommended to bring along a bottle of biodegradable soap and a wash cloth to wash off some grime while at camp. You can always opt for the good ole polar plunge into the river to wash off.
Everyone always wonders where you use the restroom while camping on the river. A groover system is used for solid waste, consisting of a toilet seat on a tripod stool (Typically an amazing view comes along with it!) As for liquid waste you will be asked to pee on the ground or in the river a short distance away from camp. While on the river rafters will be given a “poop kit” for mid-day needs.
Expect to wake up around 7:00am-7:30am to enjoy coffee/ hot beverages while your guide prepares a delicious breakfast for you. You will pack up camp and get back out on the river between 9:00am and 10:00am. You’ll spend the morning rafting then pull over riverside for lunch. Expect to be on the river until about 3:00pm-5:00pm. Feel free to bring some riverside games (Frisbees/Deck of Cards/ Fishing Poles) for entertainment while at camp. Dinner and dessert will be served around the campfire (Barring any fire restrictions)
You will encounter a variety of weather while on your trip. Expect periods of rain (heavy at times). River corridors tend to be windy so dress for it! The best way to prepare is to pack enough clothing to keep you warm and dry, on and off the river. Be ready for the weather to change drastically throughout your trip. As the saying goes in Colorado... “If you don’t like the weather, wait about 10 minutes!”
Difficulty of your overnight rafting trip: Carefully choose the correct level for your group. Keep in mind minimum age, swimming ability and fitness levels of your group.
Best time of the summer to raft: Water levels fluctuate based on snow melt in Colorado. High water is usually early to mid-June. Low flows are typically in late August. Minimum ages may be raised due to high water. Medium flows are ideal!
Length of multi-day trips: Most trips can last anywhere from 2 days to 6 days. Most people underestimate the comfortability of camping and how much it will actually relax you while unplugging and connecting with nature.
Camping or Lodging: You can camp on the river under the stars during these overnight rafting trips. Or the other option would to split up activities over multiple days and stay in a cabin at the outpost. While staying in a cabin you have the ability to do other activities. Zip-Lining, rock climbing, fly fishing and horseback riding just to name a few.
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