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“Just Do IT!”

Arkansas Valley Adventures
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Idaho Springs Cliffside Zipline and Freefall
Ranked #7 of 17 Tours in Buena Vista
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Owner description: World-class Colorado rafting trips on 8 rivers for all ages and abilities, zipline tours and rock climbing on our 44-acre mountain property. Plus free wetsuits and splash jackets on AVA-run trips. Colorado rafting trips only 30 minutes from Denver and 1 hour from Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Aspen, Winter Park, Steamboat. Also join us for cabins, camping, horseback riding, fly fishing and more.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Book them. Do not be afraid. My son and I came in from out of state, somewhat aprehensive. Wow, they so exceeded our expectations! The check in staff were so friendly and helpful. The guides were excellent, interesting and safe! The zip lining and rafting combo worked great, and we can't wait to go back. Plus, they have professional materials and work out of good locations...very professional and upgraded. Nothing cheap or cutting corners, like others nearby. Just do it!

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We did the Brown's Canyon rafting adventure and the rock climbing. Our guides were fantastic. Our rafting guide was Anna- she was absolutely amazing. Our climbing guides were Connor, Anthony and Jeff- they were so encouraging and even helped a middle aged out-of-shape woman (me) reach the top. In two days our family had the time of our lives. We'll definitely be back.

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

My family had the best time rafting last week at Brown's Canyon. Our guide, Jeremiah, was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining!! My 12 year old son has not stopped talking about how fun it is and cannot wait to go back - he especially like all the stories and jokes that Jeremiah told during the 1/2 day trip. All the staff at AVA/Granite Outpost were extremely friendly and helpful and we cannot wait to visit them again!

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Reviewed August 11, 2012

As a couple pushing the 80 years mark, we really wanted to try ziplining since younger family members had enjoyed it very much so we approached it with nervous anticipation. We found the AVA setup at Idaho Springs well adapted to first timers with six lines designed progressively with emphasis on safety while encouraging participants to become more adventurous. Our guides, Jeff and Mike, prepared us well and were so personable that they soon knew our names and got to know us as individuals, not just customers. Actually, Mary Lee and I would say they are outstanding.
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

My family was having a reunion in Vail, and we all wanted to go rafting and my husband and I wanted to go zip lining. It was nothing but issues. The ziplining changed our time, and when you are coming from out of town and are called the night before, makes for challenges, but we cahnged it. Then, they would not let my husband go because he weighed to much even though the employee he spoke with said it would be no problem. Then they informed some of my family members that they would not accomodate our group, even though my husband and I called numerous times informing them that there would be 16 of us going and since we were having diffficulty with the link they sent to us we were informed, and several other family members were informed, that we could register, pay and sign the liabilty form if we got to the site 15-20 minutes early. They did finally accomodate us and the guide was good, and we will go rafting again, just not with this company.

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AVARafting, Guest Relations Manager at Arkansas Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2012

Dear Tamara B,

Thank you for your review. We are so sorry that you ran into so many communication issues with our staff. We pride ourselves on providing world-class service and to be quite frank, we dropped the ball here.

It is normal practice for us to offer a different time if a guest reservation does not meet the minimum of four people to run a trip. For your rafting trip however, you should have been told by reservations agents that spots on trips are not reserved until a full payment is made over the phone at the time of booking, especially for larger groups. Our agents should have also gone through the zip lining weight limits with you before you paid and booked for a zip lining trip.
We have taken your feedback seriously and have worked hard to reiterate to our reservations agents the proper procedures for booking trips, including always mentioning weight restrictions and payment details when reserving trips for guests.

We are really happy you were able to get out on the river and enjoy your time with our guides. We would love to invite you to come see us again in the future and once again we are incredibly sorry your booking experience with us was not as efficient and effortless as it could have been.


Karen Rumble

Assistant Manager

AVA’s Colorado Rafting & Mountain Top Zip Lining

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