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Arkansas Valley Adventures

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Address: 40671 US Highway 24 N, Buena Vista, CO 81211-9609
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07:30 - 21:30
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World-class Colorado rafting trips on 8 rivers for all ages and abilities,...

World-class Colorado rafting trips on 8 rivers for all ages and abilities, zipline tours and rock climbing on our 44-acre mountain property. Offering great trip discounts every day on our award-winning website: just click the red Trip Discounts button on our home page. 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.

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Great Whitewater Rafting Experience

The AVA team is AWESOME and provided our family with a memorable day of whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River. Colin is an amazing guide who is extremely knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2016
Robbinsville, New Jersey

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Robbinsville, New Jersey
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

The AVA team is AWESOME and provided our family with a memorable day of whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River. Colin is an amazing guide who is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and professional. It's easy to see how much he loves his job. Our 11-year old son was a little anxious about going rafting, and Colin was able to put him... More 

Thank RKD0000
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We had an amazing experience! My teenage son & I did over 2 days zip lining, rafting & rock climbing. I had these experiences as teen and wanted to share these great experiences in the outdoors with my son. I usually cannot get my child away from electronics. He tremendously enjoyed his experiences. The guides were completely professional, funny and... More 

Thank Amanda A
Denver, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We went on 24 hours in Browns just before the end of this summer. I have to say we had a really great trip. The experienced guides Matt and Katie were very warm, professional, and funny. The rookie guide was cool too. They set everything up for us, and made it easy to have a good time. We made sure... More 

Thank Pisano808
Houston, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We had an INCREDIBLE TIME!! We had Colin and Hank as our extremely knowledgeable, hilarious, and professional guides. Colin navigated us expertly thru each rapid and educated us on Colorado wildlife along the way ("Look mom, I'm using my degree.") while Hank brought our gear from campsite to campsite, setting us up while we were on the river, and then... More 

Thank patrickr0per
Colorado City, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We had amazing guides during our adventures. Bryce was an experienced and wonderful guide down the Arkansas River while Corey and Milkey made Zip Lining feel like an every day experience. We laughed and felt completely comfortable and safe with them, even knowing we had never done either before! We stayed in one of their cabins at their Granite Post... More 

Thank 1Krista
1 review
Reviewed 28 August 2016

The ziplining and white water rafting with the AVA Rafting and Ziplining group was a great experience. It was my first time doing both and both adventures were great. Adrian and Shawn were great ziplining guides and Liam was a great white water rafting guide. Both guide groups were funny and friendly and made the experience even better. Liam was... More 

Thank marionofresanchez
1 review
Reviewed 28 August 2016

I begged my friend, who was visiting from San Antonio, to go ziplining and rafting with me. I've been dying to do both activities, but everyone around me is too boring. LOL We booked AVA from a phone number we found on the internet. What a lucky find. Liam (our rafting guide) was wonderful. He gave precise instructions and educated... More 

Thank Michelle R
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We had to navigate through some rough terrain (seeing as how the water level was SO low). Our guide, Frank, was the "River Whisperer". He guided us well and made us all feel safe. We had a 7 year old & a 72 year old on our boat and we all had a great time. Huge props to our guide... More 

Thank paulampls1973
Yorba Linda, California
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Our experience was tarnished by our guide, Shawn. He berated us when we did something wrong to the point of feeling bullied. AVA was a professional outfit and the scenery was spectacular..we just happened to get a mean-spirited guide.

Thank Celeste L
Ryan S, Manager at Arkansas Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks you for your review and making us aware of the issues you experienced. The issues with your guide that you described are not at all what AVA is known for as we are rated one of the top outfitters in the state. We will be working with Shawn to be improve his customer service skills to be sure these... More 

McKinney, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Fantastic experience!! Class 5 and 4 river rafting was exhilarating, our guide Zack was well versed on the river. Zack never flinched, his confidence and guidance are second to none. We had such a great time, we are flying back in two weeks with more friends for yet another weekend experience with AVA!

Thank evanscheri

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