Here in Colorado’s Rockies when the snow begins to melt and colors start to bloom across the mountains is when AVA Rafting & Zipline comes back to life for the year. Other than the sought-out bluebird spring skiing days and some late season powder runs, there are plenty of activities to enjoy before summer takes over the mountains. Near the foothills in Colorado, spring arrives much faster with the lower elevation. Our Idaho Springs outpost starts running our Cliffside Zipline and Via Ferrata trips at the beginning of March each year. With this outpost just 30 minutes west of downtown Denver and 45 minutes east of Summit County, it makes for a great mountain getaway from the city and warm outdoor destination from the Continental Divide.
Spring Ziplining in Colorado
Ziplining in the spring is a fantastic way to spend the afternoon! The Cliffside Zipline in Idaho Springs starts up on March 3nd this year. If you’re headed to Colorado for spring break this year, this is a great excursion for you and your family to see the mountains on a new level. If you’re not a fan of skiing or don’t want to spend a ton of money for the slopes every day on your vacation, ziplining is a great alternative for some fun in the high country. Our Cliffside Zipline welcomes adventurers as young as 6 years old, so bring the whole family!
Ziplining Near Denver
Cliffside Zipline | Idaho Springs
For the Cliffside Zipline you will meet at AVA’s Idaho Springs outpost 30 minutes west of downtown Denver off of I-70. You’ll get the rundown on our course and do’s and dont’s of ziplining before you hop into our AVA truck and ride through historic downtown Idaho Springs on your way to the top of the cliffside. This 6-line course yields breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and includes features such as a Surf Zip, multiple suspended bridges to cross, and a 50-foot free fall. AVA’s zipline platforms are built into the natural surrounding elements as well, so you won’t just be zipping from tower to tower.
Minimum Age: 6 years old
Minimum Weight: 50 lbs.
Maximum Weight: 250 lbs.
We ask that you wear closed-toe shoes that will stay securely on your feet and pants or shorts that are at least knee length.
For a limited time, get 20% off your spring ziplining adventure with promo code SPRINGZIP.
Via Ferrata | Idaho Springs
For those of you that would want to try something more extreme, you should look into AVA’s Iron Way: Colorado Via Ferrata. The Via Ferrata is a combination of ladders, rungs, carved steps, and bridges to assist you in traversing along the cliffside. Your experienced guide will help you with this introduction to mountaineering, otherwise known as “ziplining on steroids”. Each adventurer will have two carabiners that are attached to a bungee-style lanyard on their harness, keeping you clipped in to the cable at all times. Get your adrenaline pumping 300 feet above the ground on the rock face, try the 50 foot free fall, and conclude your trip by ziplining over Chicago Creek back the AVA’s outpost.
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Maximum Weight: 250 pounds
Much like the Cliffside Zipline, we ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and pants that you’ll be comfortable in, such as flexible jeans or athletic pants. You can also bring a water bottle with a hook on it to clip to your harness.
For a limited time, get $50 off a person on spring Via Ferrata tours with promo code SPRINGVIA.
About Idaho Springs, Colorado
Being only 30 minutes west of downtown Denver on I-70, Idaho Springs is a perfect mountain getaway within reach of the Denver area. Idaho Spring is where the gold rush in Colorado began, and home to the radium hot springs which were made by Native Americans and rumored to have magical healing waters. Be sure to go see some of the historical sites and museums, such as The Underhill Museum or the 6th Ave Hose House. If you get the urge for a great pizza, Beau Jo’s on the main stretch of downtown Idaho Springs is famous for their mountain pie. When it comes to beer, Tommyknocker Brewery has been making beer for more than 20 years with great classics like the Green Chile Lager, Maple Nut Brown and awesome seasonal brews like their Palisade Peachwood Ale or the Small Batch Pumpkin Harvest Ale.
With spring ziplining starting just as everyone is taking their spring break vacation, it’ll make a great activity for you and your group. Consider booking your spring adventure now for the best deals! AVA Rafting & Zipline is currently offering 20% off spring ziplining tours, and $50 off a person for spring Via Ferrata trips. Make the most of the season with an AVA adventure!