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Where Should I Go?

  • Buena Vista Outpost

  • On the hunt for a true mountain excursion?  Head to Buena Vista, Colorado to raft the most famous stretch of whitewater in the state, fly above the Arkansas River Valley on our Mountaintop Zipline, or rock climb the majestic Granite Gorge Cliffs.  AVA’s Buena Vista Outpost is located just over an hour from Summit County and under two hours from Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Views of the Collegiate Peaks on all of our Buena Vista adventures will take your breath away.

  • Idaho Springs Outpost

  • If you’re staying in the Denver area, our Idaho Springs outpost is just 30 minutes west of downtown on I-70.  You can enjoy beginner to advanced levels of whitewater rafting on Clear Creek, soar among the treetops on our Cliffside Zipline, or try The Iron Way: Via Ferrata for an introduction to mountaineering.  Enjoy an afternoon in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and catch some incredible sights of the Continental Divide and historic mining town, Idaho Springs.

Find an AVA Outpost Near You

With three major outposts scattered among the Colorado Rockies, you won’t have to travel far to indulge in some outdoor activities.  We’ve built our locations to favor a multitude of areas across the state, so be sure to fit an AVA adventure into your schedule next time you’re in Colorado.

Looking for more? We raft on 8 rivers across Colorado, so check out all of our locations for more options for your Colorado adventure. 

Where Should I Stay?

Cabins & Camping

One big perk of joining AVA Rafting & Zipline on an adventure is our lodging opportunities in Buena Vista.  We have rustic miner cabins on site as well as a campground equipped with community charcoal grills and picnic tables to use during your stay.  Plenty of our Buena Vista activities have the option of adding lodging to your trip, giving you more time to enjoy the Arkansas River Valley and quaint mountain town.

Our Favorites:

2 Day Advanced + Cabin
The Numbers / Narrows Full Day + Zipline 2 Day Camping
3 Day Mild to Wild + Cabin
24 Hours in Browns Canyon Deluxe + Campsite

Overnight & Multiday Trips

Let AVA take care of all of the logistics while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the company of your family and friends.  On our overnight rafting trips, we'll cook your meals, set up camp, and deal with all of the gear while you relax next to a warm fire riverside, throw a fishing line into the water, or read a book.  Overnight trips are offered in both Buena Vista and Kremmling, Colorado, ranging from 24 hours in the wilderness to a few days of outdoor fun.

Our Favorites:

24 Hours on the Upper Colorado
24 Hours in Browns Canyon
2 Day Advanced
3 Day Mild to Wild


We have plenty of options when it comes to building your next Colorado vacation. At AVA we know that every group is different, that’s why our trips are loaded with a variety of activities and options to fit all skill levels, group sizes, and appetites for adventure. We’ve actually got so many options that it can be tricky to choose, so let us help you navigate the tough choices of which AVA trip and outpost to go on for your next Colorado adventure!


Families with children younger than 15 should try class II & III rafting trips as well as ziplining, and horseback riding. Our favorite package is the saddle and paddle near Kremmling, Colorado.


Hop on a class IV or V rafting trip and pair it with a via ferrata adventure. We also recommend rock climbing, UTVs, and overnight trips. Try our Mild to Wild 3 day overnight rafting trip that includes rapelling, rock climbing, and days paddling through rapids.


There are no bad options for your next adventure. If you want to spend time on the river we reccomend an overnight rafting and camping trip. If heights is more your thing then try our zipline or via ferrata. No matter where you are staying we have options for you.


Get out of the office and push your team to the limited with the Via Ferrata. You can pair it with a half day on the river or a full day aerial adventure with our zipline. Our Idao Springs location is just outside of Denver and offers rafting, zipline and via ferrata trips.

Guide Favorites


  • 8 Outposts

  • If you’re thinking of coming to Colorado for your vacation (or you’re lucky enough to live here!), AVA will have activities close by no matter where you’re hoping to stay. We offer whitewater rafting, zip line tours, and numerous other adventures in locations throughout the state. Whether you need to be close to Denver, you’re hoping to explore the resort towns of Breckenridge and Vail, or you want to escape to the Colorado wilderness, our friendly reservations staff will be able to direct you to the AVA Outposts and trips convenient to you. A Colorado whitewater rafting destination is almost always easy to find.

  • Over 40 Packages

  • When it comes to exciting Colorado activities, it’s hard to pick just one. That’s why AVA has created a variety of trip packages, allowing you to combine two or more activities and save money. We offer package options at two locations. Our Buena Vista Outpost has packages that include rock climbing, rappelling, rafting, and zip lining. Our Idaho Springs Outpost has zip lining and rafting packages. Choose the length and difficulty level that fits your group, and we’ll find the perfect package for you! We have packages with beginner, intermediate, and advanced options for raft trips – at 2 locations. Our Zipline Tours require no prior experience.


Photos are worth a thousand words, so here’s a handful to help tell our adventure story. Many of our trips are accompanied by professional photographers who can help capture your perfect day out on the river or zipping through the trees.

More Trip Finder Resources

Still trying to figure out what trip best suits you? We know it’s a difficult decision, so we’ve built a Help Me Choose feature to assist you. Where you’re coming from, what time of the year you’re looking for an adventure, how old everyone in your group is, and what level of excitement you’re looking for will all come into factor on our Help Me Choose quiz, and you’ll be guided to some of our best trips selected specifically for you. Between whitewater rafting, Via Ferrata, ziplining, rock climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding, and off roading, you’re sure to find an adventure that will suit you and your group perfectly.


Take our adventure quiz and see where it sends you!