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
At the base of a beautiful 14,000+ foot peak in the Colorado Rockies is one of AVA’s newer extreme adventures. 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 you’ll clip into cables that run alongside a cliff. You’ll then move along a designated path of iron rungs and bridges. Along the way, you’ll 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. This system keeps you connected to the cable of the course at all times.
Browns Canyon PM Trip
Raft the nation’s favorite stretch of river, 10 miles through Browns Canyon Arkansas River. Together with the rest of the crew in your boat, you will work to negotiate the rapids of the classic Browns Canyon National Monument. Just north of Buena Vista, Browns Canyon white water rafting is appropriate for most ages and experience levels, this trip delivers a mix of exhilarating whitewater and the majestic quality of a granite canyon.
Browns Canyon of the Arkansas blast through rapids like Zoom Flume and Pinball. This Browns Canyon Arkansas River adventure goes fewer miles than our Browns Canyon Express trip or our Browns Canyon Sizzler but is perfect for guests with a short time frame. With two departures per day, you can choose what works best for you.
- Free coffee at outpost
- Now offering delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner as trip add-on!
- Approximately 9-10 miles on the river
- Rapids such as Zoom Flume & Pinball
- Family Intermediate whitewater
- Life jackets, wetsuits, splash jackets, and helmets are provided!
- Raft through a National Monument
For your Browns Canyon Half Day rafting adventure, AVA Rafting & Zipline will provide splash jackets and wetsuits for no extra charge. If you’re not positive about what to bring for your whitewater trip, take a look at the lists we’ve built about gear to bring and suggested items to throw in your bag the day of your excursion.
- Splash jacket
Minimum age 7, minimum weight 50 lbs
Off Roads UTV Rentals
COLORADO OFF ROAD TOURS
Hop on our customized UTVs and explore along historic roads, over remote mountain passes and into Colorado wilderness. Some call it a roller-coaster ride in the wilderness. Enjoy the views and off-road excitement as you journey to spectacular panoramic views or to a 75 million year old fossil site. The site has ammonites, bivalves, gastropods and mollusks laying across the ground surface for you to find and photograph. Your off-road adventure continues into the Colorado backcountry where you may see antelope, mule deer, elk, coyotes, bighorn sheep, as well as hawks and eagles. There is something in this adventure for everyone.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR COLORADO OFF-ROAD RENTAL
Our off-road rentals place you in custom UTVs. This four-seat vehicle, similar to a dune buggy, has been modified for the local terrain, which means a comfortable ride for those seeking a mellow cruise on local trails while still providing the power and handling to take on more aggressive terrain.
WHAT TO BRING FOR A SIDE-BY-SIDE TOUR
Participants should wear long sleeves and long pants that can get dirty as trails are likely to be dusty or muddy, as well as sturdy closed toed shoes. Helmet and goggles will be provided. A bandana, light rain gear, gloves and a bottle of water are also recommended. Other items to consider are a camera, sunglasses, snacks, and additional layers of clothing depending on the weather.
WHO CAN GO ON AN OFF-ROAD TOUR?
Each vehicle has four seats, which means our tours can accommodate both drivers and non-drivers. Must be at least one primary driver at least 21 years of age, additional drivers must be at least 18 years of age, all must have a valid drivers license. Passengers must be at least 12 years old. Passengers must be able to reach the hand holds and reach the floor with their feet.
Via Ferrata Course-Granite
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 scale the mountaintops of the beautiful Colorado Rockies.
Hiking The East Inlet Trail
The trail begins at a peaceful waterfall and climbs steadily up through the valley. A great intro to backpacking or a lovely trek on its own, the hike also has a few steep parts. Close to the trailhead, it's a much lower grade. Throughout the valley, there are stunning views of the river, mountains, and lakes, but some of the best sights 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!
The hike to Big Meadows begins at the Green Mountain Trailhead, located 2.5 miles north of the Grand Lake Entrance. From the parking area, the Green Mountain Trail climbs through a lush conifer forest. This climb is steady and moderate, but graduates to more gentle grades after the first half-mile, with a few short steeper inclines every now and then. As the trail levels out you’ll pass a couple of small meadows. Keep an eye out for moose and elk foraging in these fields as you pass. Note that the edge of the meadow can be a bit marshy, especially in the spring. Only two-tenths of a mile up the trail are the remnants of an old homesteader’s cabin from the early 1900s. The Big Meadows themselves are surrounded by numerous 12,000 ft.-plus peaks. After this hike, continue down Tonahutu Trail for more amazing views!
The most incredible way to see the Arkansas River valley – from clifftop and treetop! Visit our 44-acre private Zipline course at our Granite Outpost north of Buena Vista, CO. Seven lines whisk you over 3,500 total feet! 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 adventure provides a hefty dose of mountain fun.
Hiking 24 Hours In The Rockies
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 lush meadows where moose and elk sightings are common. You’ll enjoy excellent fishing and plenty of wide-open space to explore in this pristine alpine setting. This hike continues to Long Meadows trail, concluding at the Onahu Creek trailhead. Come enjoy a full-day of natural highs!
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 an ideal way to experience the beauty of the Rockies at night. You’ll find big mountain views for miles, a beautiful short hike, and exciting drops with zooming lines through the treetops.
From the parking area the Green Mountain Trail climbs 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 brief steeper inclines every now and then. As the trail levels out you’ll pass a couple of small meadows. Keep an eye out for moose and elk foraging in these fields as you pass. After viewing the meadows, head 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 takes you past several small open meadows as it doubles back to Trail Ridge Road. This provides you additional opportunities for spotting moose and elk.
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’ll 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. Although our Outpost is just 1/4 mile from I-70, you’ll feel a world away surrounded by pristine mountain forest and enjoying the big drops that our ziplines offer. We are not the zipline course right on the interstate!
Gold Rush 1/3 Day
Our whirlwind introduction to Clear Creek whitewater! This trip packs in eleven Class II and III rapids in just a few hours as your raft tumbles its way through a small scenic gorge on the Creek. We recommend the Clear Creek Beginner for all ability levels and for travelers on a schedule! Youth Age: 6 to 12, Minimum age of 6 years old. Minimum weight 50Lbs.
Blue River Express
If you’re visiting central Colorado, consider a Blue River rafting trip. Only minutes from Summit County, this exciting whitewater trip offers action-packed rapids and the incredible scenery of the Gore Range. The Blue River offers a fun whitewater excursion perfect for families, first-timers and those looking for a shorter adventure.
This trip is known for its great mix of whitewater adventure and breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery. You’ll get stunning views of the Gore Range mountains – a line of craggy, sharp peaks north of Summit County – so be sure to bring your waterproof camera to capture the majesty.
Whitewater rafting on the Blue River includes wetsuits and splash jackets and a quick Class III, 1/3-day rafting trip sure to please everyone. A whitewater rafting trip on the Blue River in Colorado is a great addition to your summer itinerary!
This trip is operated under permit on the White River National Forest.
- 1/3-day trip
- Includes wetsuits & splash jackets
- Class III Rafting
- Check in is just north of Silverthorne, CO
- The Blue River Runs Best in May, June and July
The Lower Canyon - Clear Creek
Join us for an exhilarating trip through the most scenic section of Clear Creek. This is a great option for rafters seeking a little more challenge than our introductory whitewater, but it’s still appropriate for physically fit first-timers. You’ll get plenty of excitement on each rapid without the pressure of continuous whitewater.
Our Lower Canyon white water rafting trip takes you straight into the Class IV whitewater of Upper Beaver Falls, Lower Beaver Falls, and The Nixon Rapids. By the time you catch your breath, you’ll be headed into our Class V section of whitewater where you will encounter such famous rapids Guide Ejector, Double Knife, Hells Corner and Terminator.
Blast down the Lower Canyon of Clear Creek and enjoy one of the most continuous sections of whitewater in Colorado – only 30 minutes from Denver! Rush through impressive scenery and even more impressive gradient on this 10 mile run that drops 150 feet/mile through the canyon.
- Life jackets, wetsuits, splash jackets, and helmets are provided FREE of charge
- Best Clear Creek Advanced Rafting Dates: Early May to Mid-July
- Highly challenging whitewater rafting on Clear Creek!
- Close to Denver, Boulder, Winter Park and Summit County