AVA Rafting & Zipline
AVA Rafting & Zipline
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River Rafting & Tubing • Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks • Boat Tours • Climbing Tours • Water Sports
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7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
About
We're currently operating incredible adventures at our Buena Vista and Kremmling outposts and hope to open in Idaho Springs very soon! In the mean time enjoy fishing, rafting, zip lining, via ferratas, off roading, SUPing, Kayaking and more at our other locations! World-class rafting trips on Clear Creek from beginner to advanced. Only 30 minutes from Denver! Come see our spectacular new 4,000 square-foot Outpost, offering the best in amenities. Free wetsuits and jackets, trips discounts available daily on our website. Trips on Clear Creek are close to Denver, Boulder, Winter Park and Summit County.
Idaho Springs, Colorado

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Recommended by 95% of travelers
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(86 reviews)
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C G
Austin, TX92 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We are not an adventurous family, so I’m not sure we will do it again, but you will be in the best hands with Tim and Merlin. It’s six zip lines total + a couple of fun surprises I won’t spoil for you :) We had my 11-year old niece who was very nervous and they guides were GREAT. They have a flexible rescheduling policy. Recommend going in the morning otherwise you’ll end up zipping in the rain or cancelling due to lightening. I only knocked off one star because our truck driver got into an accident on the drive home - all of the other staff and facility seemed very safe.
Written July 8, 2021
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Thank you for choosing AVA and for taking the time to leave a review. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to Tim and Merlin!
Written July 14, 2021
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Samantha Gardner
Ames, IA7 contributions
Jun 2022
We had such a fun time doing Via Ferrata and Clear Creek Rafting! We were nervous to do the more advanced rafting since we'd both only rafted once before, but they oversold how intense it would be in our opinion. It was just the right amount of thrill without feeling like we were in danger. We did go at the end of June, so the snow melt was dwindling. They said it had been more intense in the weeks before. The via ferrata experience was a bit more intense than we were anticipating, and the repelling aspect was downright challenging for us newbies, but we had fun! Our guides for both experiences were knowledgable and fun. Our only real complaint is that you can see roads/town for most of these experiences, but it is still beautiful and thrilling!
Written October 27, 2022
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mrsambrown1029
3 contributions
Jul 2020
I booked the zipline and rafting experience to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. Our zipline guides were Brina and Tini and they made the trip so enjoyable. My husband is a little afraid of heights and they alleviated all fear and he had the best time! They were very thorough in explaining each of the different stations of the zipline experience and we felt very safe and secure the entire time. We then took an hour break in town and had a nice lunch before returning for the Upper Creek rafting experience. I had never been rafting and was nervous for the category of rapids we had chosen. Our guide Dagnar was beyond amazing! He was very reassuring, made sure we were prepared and even gave us an extra thrill while rafting. We could not have had a better experience!!!! I highly recommend the combination package as well as the specific guides to make your trip amazing!

*I wore a bathing suit under my wet suit but would also recommend wicking shirt/shorts for rafting*
Written August 10, 2020
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ickypicky
South Florida96 contributions
Jun 2021
Went on a 3hour rafting trip with AVA that included one 6 yr old boy as part of a family outing of 14. AVA has multiple trips and many other adventure choices in the area and I would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them.
This particular trip begins at 11:30 am and they have it down to a science; pick up your wet suit first, jacket next, helmet, PFD, paddles and everybody helps. Our launch site was only about 100 yards away by the side of the road. Boats are pushed into the creek and you board as the guide tells you and off you go!
We had an experienced guide and it showed as our concern was the 9 year old in the middle of the boat. Water was not deep at all, probably inches in places. Part of the trip was alongside I-70 and cars zipped by about 100 feet away (but well above you).
The creek was not too harsh and rapids were not greater than a class 3/4 but I was in the front of the boat and it took the guide less than 15 minutes to get me completely soaked. I'm sure it was not on purpose. Sure.
Everyone on the two boats we had were very happy with their ride.
Again, I cannot recommend them enough as they were laid back but professional.
Written August 15, 2021
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Thank you for choosing AVA and for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy to hear you and your family had a great time and look forward to doing it all over again!
Written August 28, 2021
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VScott1008
The Woodlands, TX5 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We had an amazing rafting trip due hugely in part to our amazing guide Shawn Dawes. He was particularly kind and patient with our young daughter, going out of his way to make sure she had fun and felt safe. He is a true professional and engages with the entire raft throughout the trip. Ava rafting is a class act :)
Written July 27, 2022
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Hi there, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Shawn is a rock star, we're glad you think so too! We hope to see you on another adventure soon. Best, AVA Sales Management salesmgmt@coloradorafting.net
Written July 27, 2022
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Nancy013
Charlotte, NC13 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
The staff at AVA are extremely helpful, resourceful and responsible during this time of traveling. They are conscientious about masks, distancing and cleaning equipment, important to me as immune sensitive. The boats are not overloaded with strangers and the guides are true professionals. Alex did a wonderful job in entertaining us while expertly navigating the rapids. Brina and Spencer are delightful zip guides readily assisting me when I experienced challenges from my physical limitations. Definitely would choose them all again!
Written August 6, 2020
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Tarastrig
Tampa, FL20 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We went rafting today, it was amazing!! The guides were fun, personable and professional. Ace was our guide and we totally lucked out! He made the ride fun and exciting. We were spinning, going backwards and doing “rafting tricks.” If your Ace’s Mom and reading this he is doing great😂
Written July 3, 2022
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Thanks for leaving us a review! We are so proud of what Ace has to offer our guests, and we think his mom would be proud too! Come back and see us again soon, the river is calling! Thank you, AVA Rafting & Zipline salesmgmt@coloradorafting.net
Written July 22, 2022
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Molama
9 contributions
Jun 2021
We had a fantastic time with AVA, doing the 1/3 day Gold Rush trip. They are very well-organized and have the very best guides and hosts who educate you on raft protocol and safety with charm, humor and thoroughness without taking up a lot of your time. Everything goes like clockwork from the moment you arrive. They assign you to boars based on experience and age and assign the number of guides accordingly, so all the teams paddle in unison and follow directions with ease. We were adults but there were families in other boats and one just with kids, and two guides who did most of the paddling. The route was exactly as advertised (Level III ) and both embarcation and disembarking was flawless. I look forward to more and longer adventures with AVA.
Written June 17, 2021
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We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful experience with us! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We hope you come adventure with us again soon!
Written June 23, 2021
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Jon A
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
We had a fun rafting trip with two adults and four teenagers, ages 16-17. The water was a bit low, since it was late July, so there were a few areas where we got slowed down or stuck. Our river guide did a great job navigating and keeping everyone at ease during those tight spots. We hope to return in June when the river is running higher and faster for a bit more of an exciting ride.
Written July 28, 2022
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Hi Jon, We are ecstatic to hear that you had a great rafting adventure in Idaho Springs during the last month of our season! We can't wait to see you next June. Let us know when you are ready to book and we will find you an exciting rafting adventure and maybe even get you on an aerial. Thank you, AVA Rafting & Zipline salesmgmt@coloradorafting.net
Written September 17, 2022
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Paulette R
5 contributions
Aug 2022
Xavier and Lily were great as guides. I talked more with Xavier because he was at the end of the group where I was. Being older and having a touch of vertigo, he was very patient and never rushed me even though it was chilly and raining! They explained everything very well, and I felt safe hanging of the side of a mountain in the rain! As for what could be improved? I'd say giving the option to get a refund when it is raining outside. Most of us were VERY cold and wet by the end which did not make for a great ending. Nothing like whipping through chilly air with rain pelting your face on a zipline in the dark! But I still am glad I did it.
Written August 15, 2022
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