STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

With the Yampa River running through town, Steamboat Lake State Park, and Pearl Lake State Park, Steamboat boasts water activities in addition to mountain fun. Visitors can tube, fish, and boat, nearby rivers offer plenty of opportunities for whitewater rafting. Experience whitewater rafting and other activities on the Upper Colorado River from our Kremmling outpost, just one hour from Steamboat Springs.

Explore Steamboat with AVA

Steamboat Springs may be known for its powder and skiing opportunities, but it offers plenty of outdoor activities throughout the year! Nestled at 7,000 feet elevation, it is surrounded by Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge and Christie Peak. The town also hosts geothermal hot springs for relaxing after your outdoor adventure.

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Near Steamboat Springs

Our Kremmling Outpost is just 1 hour from Steamboat along Hwy 40 and is right on the way to Steamboat from I-70 or Winter Park. A Whitewater Rafting rafting trip on the famous Upper Colorado River makes for a fantastic stop! The Colorado River near Kremmling provides opportunities scenic float trips, allowing you to relax, soak in your beautiful surroundings, and connect with your family and friends. On the Upper Colorado River, we also host guided Fly Fishing trips, as well as UTV rentals.

Our outpost at Idaho Springs, about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Steamboat, offers diverse Whitewater Rafting on the Clear Creek for all ages and ability levels. At our outpost, visitors can additionally try out a Cliffside Zipline and Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata course, or package multiple activities into a full day adventure!

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Colorado Scenic Float-Half Day

This wonderful Colorado River float trip is a gently flowing section that is inviting to all ages. You’ll encounter a few small rapids as [...]

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Splashy & Moderate
Best Mix of Activities

Polaris RZR 2 Hour Rental+ Scenic Float Package

Looking to kick up a little dirt and then wash it off? Experience the best of Colorado’s outdoors on our full-day UTV Rental and [...]

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Best for More Action on Mellow Water

Stand Up Paddleboard Half Day

Try the newest, most fun activity on the river – Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)! On this half-day trip, you’ll SUP 5 miles down the [...]

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Fun & Mellow
Best for a Quick Fishing Experience

Walk & Wade Fly Fishing Trip

Explore the incredible waters of the Upper Colorado River with a knowledgeable fishing guide. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first-time fishing or you’re [...]

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Fly fishing boat on the Upper Colorado River.
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Best for Immersing Yourself in Fishing

Upper Colorado 4 Hour Fly Fishing

Join AVA for a scenic fly-fishing excursion on the Upper Colorado River. Our 4- hour float trips are perfect for both novice and experienced [...]

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Inflatable Kayaks Half Day

Looking to take charge of the river? On AVA’s Upper Colorado Inflatable Kayak ½ Day trip you can do just that! Whether you want [...]

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Steamboat Springs Whitewater Rafting

The Colorado River

The majestic Colorado River stretches across seven states, carving its way through the Grand Canyon on its journey from the Continental Divide to the Gulf of California in Mexico. This vital water source serves as a lifeline for 36 million people, and AVA is honored to provide access to this extraordinary river from our Kremmling outpost, conveniently located just 1 hour away from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Colorado River Rafting

Relax and create unforgettable memories on the Colorado River with our scenic half-day and full-day float trips. In addition to traditional rafts, we offer the option to paddle an Inflatable Kayak or Stand up Paddleboard, allowing you and your group to customize your adventure to your preferences. As the river winds its way through the stunning Gore Range, you’ll encounter gentle rapids and have opportunities to swim, sunbathe, and unwind.

For an even more immersive experience, embark on our overnight 24 Hours on the Upper Colorado trip, where you can fully experience the beauty of the Upper Colorado River, by day and night. And for fishing enthusiasts, we offer a range of Fly-Fishing opportunities, including Walk and Wade, Float, and Overnight trips, allowing you to indulge in the scenic splendor of the river while honing your angling skills.

Clear Creek

Located 2 hours and 15 minutes from Steamboat Springs, Clear Creek offers unparalleled rafting experiences near the Denver area. Our Idaho Springs outpost provides convenient access to this remarkable river, making it an ideal stop on your way to Denver.

Clear Creek is renowned for delivering the best rafting in the area, with class III through V rafting opportunities. As you embark on your Clear Creek adventure, you’ll pass through the historic town of Idaho Springs, immersing yourself in its scenic mining valley while encountering local wildlife.

Clear Creek Rafting

For those seeking a gentle introduction to whitewater rafting that’s perfect for all ages, our Clear Creek Gold Rush 1/3 day trip is the ideal choice, as you rush through eleven exhilarating class III rapids in a splashy, family friendly trip.

For a increased challenge, try out our Upper Clear Creek 1/2 day trip. Navigate through steeper and more technical class IV rapids, pushing your boundaries on an exhilarating adventure. For those seeking an introductory option to more challenging class V whitewater rapids that will truly get your heart racing, our Lower Canyon 1/2 day trip is the perfect choice. And for the most thrill, don’t miss our Phoenix trip—a full-day advanced adventure covering 20 adrenaline pumping miles!

Steamboat Springs Activities

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Family-Friendly Rafting

The Upper Colorado is great for kids 2+ and perfect for a relaxing experience to take in the scenery and wildlife of Colorado on a scenic float trip. The Upper Colorado is a beautiful one hour drive from Steamboat Springs.
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High Adrenaline Rafting

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, choose our full day Phoenix trip from our Idaho Springs outpost. This adventure will take you over 20 miles of intense rapids on the Clear Creek!
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Ziplining near Steamboat

We offer an exciting Cliffside Zipline course 1.5 hours from Steamboat at our Idaho Springs outpost! Fly through the trees, race on our dual lines, and cross hanging bridges.
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Via Ferrata near Steamboat

We also offer our exciting Mount Blue Via Ferrata trip at our Idaho Springs outpost. Experience Colorado from a new angle, as you climb into the cliffside, over the Chicago Creek, and among the Rockies.

Steamboat Springs Whitewater Rafting and Other Activities

 

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The Gauntlet- Pine Creek & Numbers

Experience the wildest rafting offered on the Arkansas River in Colorado.  On this full day rafting adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to navigate the [...]

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Browns Canyon Rafting + Via Ferrata

Excitement and scenery await on your Browns Canyon + Via Ferrata full-day adventure. Climb into the Rocky Mountains and rush the rapids of the [...]

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Thrilling & Very Active
Best for a Full Day of Family Fun

Browns Canyon Half Day + Zipline Package

This multi-adventure package will keep you energized and smiling the entire day, as you fly through the trees on our Mountaintop Zipline course and [...]

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The Numbers 1/2 Day + Via Ferrata

This adventure will get your heart rate up and keep it up as you embark on our Numbers + Via Ferrata full-day excursion. This [...]

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Wild & High Exertion
Best for Thrill Seekers

The Numbers Half Day + Zipline

Experience an action-packed day with two of Colorado’s best summer activities. Soar between trees on our Mountaintop Zipline course and then splash your way [...]

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Browns Canyon Half Day + Rock Climb

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The Numbers Half Day + Rock Climb

Experience an action-packed day with two of Colorado’s best mountain activities! On this multi-adventure package, you’ll have the opportunity to raft the iconic Arkansas [...]

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Best for the ultimate Colorado experience

24 Hours in Browns Canyon

Experience Colorado’s best overnight whitewater rafting. This trip provides a unique way to explore the most popular stretch of whitewater rafting in the country [...]

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Other Outdoor Activities near Steamboat Springs

Rafters navigating intense whitewater and spray.

Colorado River

The Colorado River, a spectacular force of nature, is the lifeblood of the American West. Meandering over 1,450 miles from the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains all the way to the deserts of Mexico, this river passes through five U.S. states and eleven National Parks. As one of the longest rivers in the United States, it has etched some of the world’s most awe-inspiring features into the earth, including the Grand Canyon.

Along its course, the Colorado River represents a vital water source for millions of people and agricultural areas, as well as supports a rich diversity of wildlife. It also serves as a recreational paradise, offering world-class opportunities for white-water Rafting, Fishing, and Camping, and its rich and enduring history makes the Colorado River a crucial aspect of the landscape of the western United States.

The Colorado River offers rafting numerous opportunities for Whitewater Rafting amidst the backdrop of stunning scenery. From fun float trips appropriate for ages 2 and up to challenging, pulse-pounding rides, the Colorado River has river trips for everyone. Join AVA in Kremmling, Colorado for a trip down this mighty river, where the area’s mellower waters make it the perfect destination for river adventure, with activities including Rafting, Fly-Fishing, Kayaking, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding.

Oars up on a Colorado River.

Kremmling

Kremmling is the perfect destination for families looking for a mountain getaway. Our Upper Colorado River Scenic Float rafting trip welcomes adventurers as young as 2 years old on a half day or full day adventure on mellow Class II rapids. While in Kremmling, be sure to also try one of our Fly Fishing excursions or kick up dirt on our UTV Rentals!

You will find our Kremmling outpost just 45 minutes from Summit County and just under two hours from Denver.

Blue River near Breckenridge, Colorado.

Breckenridge

The magic of summer in the mountains comes alive in Breckenridge, Colorado. Located within Summit County, Breckenridge offers skiing and snowboarding, alongside plenty of opportunities for winter sports, yet the temperate summer weather and high alpine environment transform Breckenridge into a mecca for summer adventure. Breckenridge, Colorado is the place to visit if you are looking for a hip mountain town with access to the best outdoor adventures the Colorado mountains have to offer. Best of all, you’ll find Whitewater Rafting trips near Breckenridge on 4 different rivers!

In summer, Breckenridge hosts several festivals, a vibrant downtown arts scene, and numerous high alpine adventures. Its downtown Main Street includes numerous restaurants, bars, and shops, and people flock from across Summit County and Colorado to try Breckenridge’s diverse food scene. The town also offers cultural and arts opportunities, including open galleries, arts classes, and multiple museums. Whether you’re looking to explore the mountains, the town’s rich history, or its unique food scene, Breckenridge has a plethora of diverse adventure opportunities for all!

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses some of the nation’s best peaks, lakes, wildflowers, reservoirs, and wildlife and includes a portion of the Continental Divide Trail. With over 300 miles of trail systems, Rocky Mountain National Park has incredible hikes for all levels from flatter scenic walks to multi-day back packing trips. Landscapes in the park vary greatly and include towering mountains, alpine tundra, crystal clear lakes, meadows, and evergreens, and provide the ecosystem for multiple endangered species.

Rocky Mountain National Park offers wilderness camping under the stars, and there are additional accommodations in the surrounding communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park. Although hiking may be the most common past time, it is not the only adventure you can find in the Rocky Mountain National Park area. From our Kremmling outpost, 40 minutes from the park, we offer Whitewater Rafting and Fly Fishing trips on the scenic Upper Colorado River, along with SUP and Inflatable Kayak trips and rentals.

Blue River near Breckenridge, Colorado.

Breckenridge

Breckenridge, CO 80424

The magic of summer in the mountains comes alive in Breckenridge, Colorado. Located within Summit County, Breckenridge offers skiing and snowboarding, alongside plenty of opportunities for winter sports, yet the temperate summer weather and high alpine environment transform Breckenridge into a mecca for summer adventure. Breckenridge, Colorado is the place to visit if you are looking for a hip mountain town with access to the best outdoor adventures the Colorado mountains have to offer. Best of all, you’ll find Whitewater Rafting trips near Breckenridge on 4 different rivers!

In summer, Breckenridge hosts several festivals, a vibrant downtown arts scene, and numerous high alpine adventures. Its downtown Main Street includes numerous restaurants, bars, and shops, and people flock from across Summit County and Colorado to try Breckenridge’s diverse food scene. The town also offers cultural and arts opportunities, including open galleries, arts classes, and multiple museums. Whether you’re looking to explore the mountains, the town’s rich history, or its unique food scene, Breckenridge has a plethora of diverse adventure opportunities for all!

Image of the Colorado mountains at dusk.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses some of the nation’s best peaks, lakes, wildflowers, reservoirs, and wildlife and includes a portion of the Continental Divide Trail. With over 300 miles of trail systems, Rocky Mountain National Park has incredible hikes for all levels from flatter scenic walks to multi-day back packing trips. Landscapes in the park vary greatly and include towering mountains, alpine tundra, crystal clear lakes, meadows, and evergreens, and provide the ecosystem for multiple endangered species.

Rocky Mountain National Park offers wilderness camping under the stars, and there are additional accommodations in the surrounding communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park. Although hiking may be the most common past time, it is not the only adventure you can find in the Rocky Mountain National Park area. From our Kremmling outpost, 40 minutes from the park, we offer Whitewater Rafting and Fly Fishing trips on the scenic Upper Colorado River, along with SUP and Inflatable Kayak trips and rentals.

Oars up on a Colorado River.

Kremmling

1606 Park Avenue
Kremmling, CO 80459

Kremmling is the perfect destination for families looking for a mountain getaway. Our Upper Colorado River Scenic Float rafting trip welcomes adventurers as young as 2 years old on a half day or full day adventure on mellow Class II rapids. While in Kremmling, be sure to also try one of our Fly Fishing excursions or kick up dirt on our UTV Rentals!

You will find our Kremmling outpost just 45 minutes from Summit County and just under two hours from Denver.

Rafters navigating intense whitewater and spray.

Colorado River

Kremmling, Colorado

The Colorado River, a spectacular force of nature, is the lifeblood of the American West. Meandering over 1,450 miles from the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains all the way to the deserts of Mexico, this river passes through five U.S. states and eleven National Parks. As one of the longest rivers in the United States, it has etched some of the world’s most awe-inspiring features into the earth, including the Grand Canyon.

Along its course, the Colorado River represents a vital water source for millions of people and agricultural areas, as well as supports a rich diversity of wildlife. It also serves as a recreational paradise, offering world-class opportunities for white-water Rafting, Fishing, and Camping, and its rich and enduring history makes the Colorado River a crucial aspect of the landscape of the western United States.

The Colorado River offers rafting numerous opportunities for Whitewater Rafting amidst the backdrop of stunning scenery. From fun float trips appropriate for ages 2 and up to challenging, pulse-pounding rides, the Colorado River has river trips for everyone. Join AVA in Kremmling, Colorado for a trip down this mighty river, where the area’s mellower waters make it the perfect destination for river adventure, with activities including Rafting, Fly-Fishing, Kayaking, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding.