About the Company

At AVA, we specialize in creating unforgettable outdoor experiences in Colorado. In addition to world-class whitewater rafting on eight different rivers across Colorado, we also provide zip line tours at two locations, rock climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding, off-road tours, train rides, hot air balloon rides, cabins and camping.



Via Ferrata Course - Mt. Evans
from $149

The Mount Evans Via Ferrata is one of AVA’s newer extreme adventures, sitting at the base of a beautiful 14,000+ foot peak in the Colorado Rockies. A Via Ferrata, which means “iron way” in Italian, is a method of mountaineering & rock climbing that’s been used in Europe for centuries. Via Ferrata courses use a combination of ladders, rungs, rails, cables and bridges to aid in moving across and up a cliff face. The Iron Way in Idaho Springs is an assisted rock climbing guided tour where guests clip into cables that run along the side of a cliff. They then move along a designated path of iron rungs and bridges to move across, and along the way, they will be required to clip in and out of the cable to progress through the course. This is made possible through an advanced internal locking system in the carabiners. Each guest will have 2 carabiners connected to bungee-style lanyards on their harness. The internal locking system makes it impossible to clip out of both at the same time, ensuring that climbers are connected to the cable of the course at all times.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

AVA Rafting & Zipline strives to keep your experience with us special, and that means including all the gear you’ll need for your adventure as well as the insight on what you should throw into your bag the day of your trip. With your Via Ferrata excursion, our guides will gear you up completely for a successful day on the cliffside. Just don’t forget the sunscreen! EQUIPMENT Helmet Harness

WHAT TO BRING

Good shoes for the hike in Comfy, athletic style pants Water Bottle Sunscreen Backpack

ITINERARY

Meet at the Idaho Springs Outpost Gear up & meet your guide Hop in the Zip Truck for a ride to the course Head out for your Via Ferrata Adventure!


Via Ferrata Course-Granite
from $149

Come venture along AVA’s NEW Granite Via Ferrata course in Buena Vista! You’ll take two ziplines to the starting point of this adventure, then traverse high above the Arkansas River Valley along the granite cliffside. This course is a more exposed, edgier rendition of AVA’s Mount Evans Via Ferrata in Idaho Springs. Rappel down a rock face, ascend crags, cross multiple suspended bridges, and try out a 65-foot free fall on the Granite Via Ferrata. The 3-hour excursion is built at the base of the 14,000+ foot Collegiate Peaks and will have your heart pumping as you explore among the mountaintops in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Though AVA Rafting & Zipline will cover all the gear you’ll need for your Granite Via Ferrata tour, there are a select few items that you shouldn’t forget to pack the day of your adventure. Be sure to refer to our gear list and suggested items to you are ready to go the morning of your trip. EQUIPMENT Helmet Harness

WHAT TO BRING

Good shoes for the hike in Comfy, athletic style pants Water Bottle Sunscreen Backpack

ITINERARY

Meet at the Buena Vista Outpost Gear up & meet your guide Head out for your Via Ferrata Adventure!


Hiking The East Inlet Trail
from $90

The trail begins with a nice waterfall and climbs steadily up through the valley. A great intro to backpacking or a lovely out and back on its own, this trail has a few steeper parts. Close to the trailhead, it's a much lower grade. Through the entire valley, there are great views of the river, mountains, and lakes, but some of the best views are seen if you travel past the maintained trail boundary to the end of the valley. Follow the river past Fourth Lake and then hang a right to get to Fifth Lake, the meltwater of which makes the river you've followed since the trailhead. You can go as far as you want, on this awesome out and back hike!


Hike The Big Meadows / Tonahutu Trail
from $80

The hike to Big Meadows begins from the Green Mountain Trailhead, located 2.5 miles north of the Grand Lake Entrance. From the parking area the Green Mountain Trail begins climbing through a lush conifer forest. The climb is steady and moderate, but graduates to more gentle grades after the first half-mile, with a few short steeper inclines thrown in every now and then. As the trail levels out you’ll begin passing a couple of small meadows along the way. Keep an eye out for moose and elk foraging in these fields as you pass near them. You should note that the edge of the meadow can be a bit marshy, especially in the spring. Also, only two-tenths of a mile up the trail are the remnants of an old homesteader’s cabin from the early 1900s. Big Meadows is surrounded by numerous 12,000 ft. plus peaks. After Big Meadows, hikers will continue down Tonahutu Trail, for more amazing views


Mountain Top Zip Lining Half Day-Buena Vista
from $89

The most incredible way to see the Arkansas River valley – from clifftop and treetop on our 44-acre private Zipline course at our Granite Outpost north of Buena Vista, CO. Seven lines take you over 3,500 total feet of zooming cable flying! Finish off your adventure with our 900-foot dual race line that will leave you breathless and smiling from ear to ear! Your heart will pound as you leap from our platforms built into natural features such as rock cliffs and towering old-growth pine trees. Overlooking the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks mountain range, this course provides a big dose of mountain fun.


Hiking 24 Hours In The Rockies
from $215

Timber Lake Trail passes through forests and meadows to reach the open area at Timber Lake. Timber Lake is located 4.8 miles from the Timber Creek Trailhead on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. It shares a large, level basin with two adjacent ponds beneath Mt Ida. A well-cut trail leads through diverse forests and luxuriant meadows where moose and elk sightings are common. Visitors will enjoy excellent fishing and room to explore this idyllic alpine lake setting. This will continue to Long Meadows trail concluding at the Onahu Creek trailhead.


Star Light and Full Moon Zip Lining -Idaho Springs
from $109

Join AVA for one of the most exciting and popular Colorado mountain summer adventures – ziplining! The Starlight Zipline Adventure is exactly what it sounds like – AVA’s Cliffside zipline course after dark. Meet our guides at the Idaho Springs office just 30 minutes outside of Denver. They’ll give you all the instructions in the light but the trip really gets exciting once the sun goes down. We’ll use glowsticks and headlamps to supplement the stars and moon. Our Starlight Zipline Adventure is a great way to experience the beauty of the Rockies with an evening thrill! You’ll find big mountain views for miles, a beautiful short hike, and exciting drops with zooming lines through the treetops.


Hiking The Green Mountain / Onahu Creek Loop
from $90

From the parking area the Green Mountain Trail begins climbing through a lush conifer forest. The climb is steady and moderate, but graduates to more gentle grades after the first half-mile, with a few short steeper inclines thrown in every now and then. As the trail levels out you’ll begin passing a couple of small meadows along the way. Keep an eye out for moose and elk foraging in these fields as you pass near them. After viewing Big Meadows hikers should return back to the main trail and turn right to begin heading northbound on the Tonahutu Creek Trail. From the junction the trail skirts around the western edges of the meadow. The trail offers several additional vantage points, as well as access to the meadow. The Onahu Creek Trail passes several small meadows as it makes its way back to Trail Ridge Road. These open meadows provide hikers with additional opportunities for possibly spotting a moose or an elk.


Cliff Side Zip Lining Half Day-Idaho Springs
from $109

Voted the Best Zipline Tour in the Rockies last year, the Cliffside Zipline in Idaho Springs is just 30 minutes from Denver or 1 hour from Summit County, Boulder or Winter Park. You’ll find big mountain views for miles, a beautiful short hike, and exciting drops with zooming lines through the treetops. You’ll start at our Idaho Springs Outpost, where you’ll check in, receive your zipline gear and get the zipline safety rundown. We then drive you most of the way up the mountainside of our 9-acre property. You’ll get to the very top with a 10-minute hike to platform #1. All of our platforms – #1 through #6 – are built into natural cliffs and treetops. We are not the zipline course right on the interstate! Although our Outpost is conveniently just 1/4 mile from I-70, you feel a world away with the undeveloped mountain forest and big drops where our zipline tours take place.