It’s graduation season and we believe the gift of adventure means a lot more than an envelope of money.  Kick off your graduates new journey in the real world with an exhilarating outdoor activity.  There are plenty of options with AVA Rafting & Zipline to make the perfect “Congrats Grad!” whether they’re receiving their high school diploma or a degree this year.  Check out these 5 options you can gift your graduate – we’ll even create a personalized certificate you can get printed for them.

1. A Rappel into the Gauntlet

One of our favorite whitewater rafting trips at our Buena Vista location is the Gauntlet, and pairing that with a rappel to kick off this thrilling adventure makes for a great day.  Meeting at our Buena Vista outpost in the morning and get all geared up for an epic rappel down the rock face to the rafting put-in.  After you touch ground you’ll throw on a wetsuit to take on the advanced rapids of the Arkansas River.  Your crew will start off paddling through the thrilling Class V water of Pine Creek then navigate the Class IV rapids called The Numbers.  You’ll even get to indulge in a much-needed chicken fajita lunch made by your guides after you conclude your activities.

WATCH A VIDEO of AVA’s Pine Creek Rafting trip.


Arkansas River Rafting

2. The Colorado Combo: A Rafting + Zipline Package

This classic duo will keep your grad on their toes all day with a plethora of whitewater rafting + mountaintop zipline packages.  Whether you want to stick around the Denver area and head to AVA’s Idaho Springs outpost, or you’re on the hunt for a true Colorado experience at the base of the colossal Collegiate Peaks in Buena Vista, you have options.

Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Gold Rush + Cliffside Zipline (Class III)
Upper Clear Creek + Cliffside Zipline (Class IV)
The Lower Canyon + Cliffside Zipline (Class V)

Buena Vista

Browns Canyon + Mountaintop Zipline (Class III)
Browns Canyon Express + Mountaintop Zipline (Class III)
The Numbers + Mountaintop Zipline (Class IV)
The Numbers Wyldride + Mountaintop Zipline (Class IV)

WATCH A VIDEO of AVA’s Zipline courses.

3. A Thrilling Via Ferrata Tour

One of AVA’s newest adventures that we first introduced last summer takes ziplining to the next level – our Via Ferrata tours.  This excursion incorporates ziplining with some assisted rock climbing, traversing along iron rungs in the cliffside, rappelling down a massive rock face, and even a free fall jump.  The Mount Evans Via Ferrata is located just west of the Denver area and yields breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and historic mountain town of Idaho Springs.  On the other hand, AVA’s Granite Via Ferrata is ready to venture out on this summer and will have you on the edge of your seat… literally.

WATCH A VIDEO of AVA’s Mount Evans Via Ferrata.

Denver Via Ferrata

4. A Float Down the Mighty Colorado River

If you think your graduate is anxious to kick their feet up and relax after a long last semester, AVA has a scenic float down the Colorado River perfect for those seeking a more mild activity.  Everyone will still have to help paddle the raft down the river, but the Colorado’s wider, deeper channels and Class II rapids allow rafters to gaze upon the beautiful sights surrounding them.  AVA’s Scenic Float Full Day also welcomes adventurers of all ages and generations, so if the whole family is gathered for the celebration of your graduate, everyone can join in on this outing.  You can even make a weekend of it with an overnight rafting trip on the Colorado River.

WATCH A VIDEO of Rafting the Colorado River.

Upper Colorado River Overnight Rafting Trip

5. 24 Hours in Browns Canyon

The National Monument of Browns Canyon is the most popular stretch of whitewater rafted in the country, and you can spend the night under the stars here.  AVA Rafting & Zipline’s 24 Hours in Browns Canyon is the perfect two-day commitment to Colorado’s outdoors.  To top it all off, your guides will do all the work for you.  Between setting up camp as you pull over for the night and cooking up dinner for the whole crew, you’ll get to reflect back on a fun day on the river and watch as the sun sets behind the mountains.

WATCH A VIDEO about AVA’s Browns Canyon Overnight trip.

It doesn’t matter which activity you decide… you’re sure to have your graduate smiling from ear to ear with this fun and unique gift.  Call our adventure specialists today for more information on all the excursions AVA Rafting & Zipline has to offer, or take advantage of our HELP ME CHOOSE option to filter all the activities that would be perfect for your grad.