Raft & Rock Climb Adventure

How a Package Works

A. First Activity

Embark on an extraordinary full-day journey and discover Colorado through two unique activities. At our Buena Vista location, you’ll have the opportunity to climb the Granite Gorge Cliffs right next to our Buena Vista outpost. After a thorough orientation on climbing, belaying, and how your equipment works, you’ll scale the Rocky Mountains on one of several top rope climbing courses. With two different routes available, your guide will lead your group on a climb best suited to all ability levels. This adventure provides the opportunity to take part in a fun adventure, learn climbing technique, and experience unparalleled Colorado views from above.

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B. Meal

After your first adventure, take a break to refuel during a well-deserved lunch break. Depending on your chosen trip, you will either need to pack a lunch, or your group will be able to go into town for lunch. Please consult your trip description for precise details. Your guide will ensure you stay informed about the schedule and meeting point for your next adventure.

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C. Second Activity

After lunch, gather with your guide to gear up for the next exciting segment of your Colorado outdoor adventure. We offer a couple of rafting trip choices for this section of your rafting and rock-climbing package, with all rafting trip options taking place on the iconic Arkansas River. Whether you choose milder whitewater or exhilarating class IV and V rapids, your group will enjoy an unforgettable trip. Under the expert guidance of our seasoned instructors, you’ll spend this portion of your day immersed in breathtaking scenery, as you navigate the twists and turns of the river.

We offer rafting and rock-climbing packages at our Buena Vista location.

*The order of activities may vary depending on your trip. Please check your booking for exact details.

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Explore Rafting + Rock Climbing Adventures

Why limit yourself to a single Colorado activity on any given day? If you’re trying to get as much adventure as possible into your vacation, package whitewater rafting and rock climbing together for the ultimate Colorado experience. Your experienced guides will coach you as you defy gravity on the crags and cliffs above the Arkansas River Valley. Then, you’ll splash your way down some of the best rapids in the country on the iconic Arkansas River. Options for all ability levels mean we can help you put together the perfect package for everyone in your party.

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Maximum Adrenaline
Best for Adrenaline Junkies

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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Group of rafts paddling through Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River
Thrilling & Very Active
Best for a Day of Excitement

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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Rock climbing in the Colorado Mountains.
Heart Pounding
Best for a Full Day of Thrills

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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Woman on zipline in Colorado.
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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Exciting & Active
Best for a Full Day of Excitement

Browns Canyon Half Day + Rock Climb

Rock climber with a spotter.
Heart Pounding
Best for Thrill Seekers

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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A thrilling moment captured as a raft plunges down a steep drop, surrounded by cascading whitewater.
Exciting & Active
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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What to know about Raft + Rock Climbing Adventures

group smiling and laughing as they paddle down the Arkansas River

Best of Colorado

Why limit yourself to a single Colorado activity on any given day? If you’re trying to get as much adventure as possible into your vacation, package whitewater rafting and rock climbing together for the ultimate Colorado experience. Your experienced guides will coach you as you defy gravity on the crags and cliffs above the Arkansas River Valley. Then, you’ll splash your way down some of the best rapids in the country on the iconic Arkansas River. Options for all ability levels mean we can help you put together the perfect package for everyone in your party.

Your rock-climbing excursion begins at our Buena Vista Outpost, from where you will ascend the nearby Granite Gorge Cliffs. You will climb high above the Arkansas River Valley, gaining views of the 14,000-foot Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River below. The rafting portion of your trip will take you onto this majestic River, as you paddle some of Colorado’s bluest water. Raft through a National Monument on our Browns Canyon rafting and rock-climbing multi-adventure package or amp it up a notch with our Numbers rafting and rock-climbing experience. Either way, you will be treated to vibrant greenery and majestic rock formations.

Woman tying knots before rock climbing in Colorado

Options for Everyone

For the rock-climbing portion of your adventure, your group, with the help of your guide, will choose from two different climbing routes that cater to beginner or intermediate climbers. This adventure not only provides an exhilarating outside experience and stunning Colorado vistas, but also offers the chance for less experienced climbers to learn belaying, rappelling, and knot tying. With this multi-adventure package, your group can combine your rock-climbing experience with one of two half-day rafting trips: Browns Canyon rafting or the Numbers rafting. Both adventures take place on the Arkansas River, with Browns Canyon offering family-friendly class III rapids and the Numbers hosting an opportunity to splash through more advanced, class IV or V rapids. Either rafting adventure will have you on the edge of your seat!

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More Bang for Your Buck

A rafting and rock-climbing multi-adventure package guarantees an adventure-packed day outside along with the opportunity to save a few bucks. AVA is committed to increasing access to outdoor adventure, and we hope that more people can get outside and enjoy all Colorado has to offer. Because they are cheaper than booking individual trips, our multi-adventure packages offer a cost-effective means of experiencing multiple activities. Enjoy the convenience of two adventures at one location and seasoned guides who ensure a smooth and enjoyable day for all!

Rafters on smooth waters.

One Convenient Location

All rafting and rock-climbing packages are located at our Buena Vista outpost, just one hour from Summit County and Vail. This outpost is in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, offering the chance to immerse yourself in one of the most unique and beautiful areas in the state. Nestled at the foot of the Collegiate Peaks within the Sawatch Mountain Range, Buena Vista boasts an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet. With more 14ers than any other region in Colorado, it offers unparalleled opportunities for high-altitude exploration. The Continental Divide to the east and the Arkansas River flowing through town ensure a diverse array of mountain and river adventures. Whether your group intends to visit the Buena Vista area as a day trip or for a longer vacation, you will find plenty to do.

FAQs

With our rafting and rock-climbing packages, you can seamlessly immerse yourself in two thrilling adventures in just one day and explore both Colorado’s rivers and mountains. A multi-adventure package proves to be significantly more cost-effective than booking two separate trips, ensuring affordability and a well-coordinated, exciting day.

Upon confirming your chosen trip, please note that the sequence of adventures will be outlined on the booking engine. This arrangement is determined based on factors such as location, trip timing, and other logistical considerations, and unfortunately cannot be modified. No matter the order of your two adventures, we guarantee your group will have a remarkable experience!

We offer rafting and rock climbing packages at our Buena Vista outpost.

For the rafting segment of your adventure, please come prepared with appropriate footwear. We recommend water shoes or secure shoes that can withstand getting wet—please refrain from wearing flip-flops or Crocs. Additionally, we advise wearing quick-drying attire, applying sunscreen, and securing your sunglasses with a strap. As for your rock-climbing adventure, closed-toed shoes are mandatory. We also recommend wearing longer shorts or pants that can fit in your harness, and please avoid loose clothing, necklaces, or scarves. Please pack a lunch or be prepared to go into town for lunch.

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Bill A.2023-07-04

Decided in this spot for some fun on a summer vacation in Brekenridge.

The drive from Breck was about 90 min. For meal plans after plan for about 30 in... Read More »

Becky D.2023-07-08

Rafting on Browns Canyon (class II/III rapids) was a highlight of our vacation in Colorado. We took a 9 yr old kiddo and the level of difficulty and length... Read More »

Catch A W.2023-07-27

Great experience with enthusiastic employees. Zip line was in the trees and not off the highway. We felt very safe! Our guides Paris and Ernie where... Read More »

Abraham Moralez2023-08-12

I can go on and on about how GREAT this experience was.. I was supposed to go on a different rafting and zip lining experience somewhere else in Colorado but was unable to make it.. I was near by for vacation and I knew I had to go back to do it. I searched for “Denver Rafting” and found AVA with very good reviews and had to look into it! I originally wanted to do the “Gauntlet” as my first rafting experience but instead changed my mind and got the “mountain zip lining and 1/2 day numbers” experience. From the moment I arrived to the moment I left I had smiles, content in my heart and pictures to last a LIFETIME! Jess and Robert were such amazing guides for the zip lining trip and helped everyone especially me since it was my first time to get us in the mindset that no matter what we were safe! Even had the opportunity to race Robert on the fastest line and well experience always wins…throughout the whole experience they were very informative and just very fun to be around!! By far the Rafting was the best part.. Chris was just so helped for everyone on the raft the whole time, no matter if we had people fall out of the raft or even had to rescue a “swimmer” he was ALWAYS Calm, Cool and Collected! After having this experience, I will definitely tell everyone I know that they NEED to have this as well. With all the help throughout the whole process there will be no way that don’t have a GREAT time.

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Jason Scott2022-07-27

We had an absolute blast as always! Shawn and the other AVA guides were amazing. We rode with Shawn and he made the whole trip memorable for our family! He was very knowledgeable and had a ton of facts about the river and all the wildlife in the area. The Browns Canyon is a perfect family trip with enough adventure for all ages. We'll definitely be back!
Thanks for everything Shawn and AVA!!!

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Karlapt702023-07-25

My family had a great trip with AVA! We did mountainside zip lining course near Granite, CO. Our guides Tripp and Jess were amazing! Safety first, but fun was a close second. The lines are through the trees with beautiful views of the Arkansas River and Collegiate Peaks. 6 lines took us over 2 hours to complete. There is a bit of a climb to the first line, but after that it’s easy going!

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