AVA White Water Rafting in Buena Vista, CO

40671 US-24Buena Vista, CO 81211
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AVA Rafting specializes in creating unforgettable outdoor experiences in Colorado. In addition to world-class whitewater rafting on eight different rivers across Colorado with multiple locations. If you’re looking for an unforgettable outdoor experience in Colorado, you’ve come to the right place.

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from Ashley, one of our Buena Vista Travel Experts
  • Located 30 minutes west of Denver, CO.
  • All guests are required to sign a waiver to participate.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.
  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet. Old tennis shoes, water shoes, and sandals with a heel strap are great.
  • No crocs or flip-flops, please.
  • Towels, cash for tips, waterproof sunscreen, and sunglasses are recommended to bring.


from AVA White Water Rafting - Buena Vista, CO
AVA is Colorado’s premier adventure guide specializing in creating unforgettable outdoor experiences.

AVA offers you the best Colorado whitewater rafting trips, zipline tours, and more! When it comes to exciting Colorado adventures, it’s hard to pick just one. With AVA, you will find every adventure you could hope for from one reliable outfitter.

The Numbers, Half-Day Colorado Rafting Trip
Looking for that true “Colorado Rocky Mountain high”? Head to the Numbers section of the Arkansas River! If you are an experienced rafter looking to take it to the next level or an adventurous beginner up for a new challenge, the Numbers rafting trips are some of the best Arkansas River white water rafting trips around!

The Numbers rafting offers narrow channels, steep drops, and technical maneuverings as you travel through boulder-strewn canyons within the gorgeous Arkansas River Valley. With the snow-capped mountains of the Collegiate Peaks in the distance, the area’s picturesque views are sure to blow you away. You may also catch sight of some local wildlife like Big Horn sheep, deer, elk, and tons of birdlife. The Numbers section of the Arkansas River is the most continuous whitewater section, so paddling and paying attention to the river is important.

Browns Canyon Sizzler
Rafting Browns Canyon Colorado: the ultimate Colorado river rafting experience! The full-day Browns Canyon Sizzler is a great trip for the whole family – a great option for first-time rafters and a can’t-miss for experienced paddlers. This trip offers a classic white water rafting trip in one action-packed day. A hot chicken fajita lunch is provided riverside halfway through the trip and the additional rapids make the Browns Canyon Sizzler the best option for a one-day Colorado adventure.

Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River offers thrilling whitewater appropriate for a wide range of folks. Take in the impressive mountain and canyon scenery as you raft through a National Monument. Appropriate for the younger members of your group, but still exciting for the older kids and adults, rafting Browns Canyon is your chance to enjoy Colorado whitewater rafting for all ages and ability levels!

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Frequently Asked Questions about AVA White Water Rafting - Buena Vista, CO

When and where do we meet?

You will meet at our outpost and then we will handle all transportation from there. Please arrive at our outpost 15 minutes before your scheduled trip time.

Is lunch provided? 

Lunch is provided on some of our trips, but not all of them. Our full-day and overnight trips include meals, while our half-day trips typically do not provide lunch. Check your specific trip details to know if you will get lunch.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour/attraction/activity?

What should I wear?

AVA Rafting & Zipline provides wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge, unlike the majority of other rafting outfitters. For your WHITEWATER ADVENTURE, you'll need to wear shoes that stay securely on your feet and we suggest quick-dry clothing... no cotton! 

For your ZIPLINE TRIP, make you are dressed comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Zippers will not be allowed on the course without closed-toe, sturdy shoes, such as hiking boots or tennis shoes. Regardless of the time of year, avoid wearing baggy clothing that could get tangled as you zip from platform to platform. We suggest long pants, capris, or knee-length shorts for maximum comfort during your trip.

Where is it located?

AVA has locations across the state of Colorado. Our primary outposts are located in Idaho Springs, Kremmling, Buena Vista, and Breckenridge. We also raft out of Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Canon City, and Durango in Colorado and Globe, Arizona.

Can I go rafting if I can't swim? 

In short, yes! Rafters on all AVA trips are required to wear a PFD, and for most AVA white water rafting trips, you do not need to know how to swim. The more intense, advanced rafting trips will require rafters to know how to swim as just a precaution. However, the more intermediate trips do not require rafters to know how to swim.

How many people can fit in a raft? 

Each trip will have a different requirement for the number of people in each raft. IT usually ranges from 4 - 7 people, except in Colorado it is more like 8 - 10 people. However, our guides are experienced and flexible in order to make sure your group will be together. 

Can children go on the rafting trip? 

We allow children on our rafting trips. We offer trips that are great for children 2+, 5+, 6+, and 7+ depending on the class and water level.

What are the age requirements to go rafting?

The age requirements for rafting differ depending on the River and the water levels. Typically, you need to be 2+ to raft on the Colorado River, 6+ to raft on Clear Creek and the Blue River, and 7+ to raft on the Arkansas River. All age requirements are subject to change depending on water levels.

What is the weight and height minimum for rafting? 

We typically require participants to be a certain age but do not require a certain weight or height. We have personal flotation devices that fit all sizes.

What are the requirements to go ziplining? 

To go on a zipline trip with AVA, all zippers must be at least 6 years old. Everyone must also be between 50 pounds and 250 pounds. Zippers must be wearing appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. All zippers will be outfitted with a helmet, gloves, and a harness. Guests are required to do a moderate amount of hand braking on the adventure.