College & School Trips

College & School Trip Experiences

If you are seeking a fun event for students of any age and need activity ideas, AVA is ready to help. Depending on the age group of your students, we can figure out the perfect outdoor excursion for your class to liven up the summer school experience. Choose from options like whitewater rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Or sample a little bit of everything for the ultimate Colorado experience!

Explore College School Trip Adventures

Whether you are looking to get your school group out on the water with rafting, or more into soaring through the trees on a zipline tour, AVA has the School Trip for you! With 3 outposts and rafting throughout the state, you’ll find the perfect adventure for your group

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Thrilling & Very Active
Best for thrill seekers

Granite, Colorado Via Ferrata

For those looking for the ultimate thrill, our Granite Via Ferrata located at our Buena Vista outpost provides a unique climbing experience rewarded with incredible views [...]

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Thrilling & Very Active
Best for Cliffside Thrills

Mount Blue Sky, Colorado Via Ferrata

Get your heart up on one of our most daring adventure trips! On our Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata course, you will traverse the [...]

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FIND THE PERFECT TRIP FOR YOUR SCHOOL GROUP

Overnight Whitewater Rafting Adventure Camping with Kids

TRIPS FOR YOUNG KIDS

Our trips on the Upper Colorado River out of Kremmling, Colorado are calm enough for children of all ages and a perfect way to get out in the wilderness for nature lessons. For an added dose of interactive fun, consider doing our inflatable kayak trip instead, where each member of the group gets their own small boat.

Whitewater Rafting with Kids in Colorado

OLDER STUDENT GROUPS

There are several rafting trips around the state that are safe and easy enough including half-day, full-day and multi-day river trips! Come camping at our Granite/Buena Vista Outpost for free with a full day rafting trip. The Arkansas River, specifically the Browns Canyon section, is one of the most popular stretches of river run commercially in the United States!

  • Browns Canyon trips ages 7+
  • Half, ¾, full day and overnight options
  • Our 24 Hours in Browns Canyon overnight trip is one of our best group trips!
  • All gear provided!
Colorado Zipline with Kids

STAY CLOSE TO DENVER

Need a school trip close to Denver? Consider one of our Clear Creek trips in Idaho Springs, just 30 minutes from downtown. With great options for groups on a tight schedule, Clear Creek offers discounts for early morning trips, evening trips, and Sunday afternoon trips.

  • Our Clear Creek Gold Rush and Upper Clear Creek trip are best for school and college groups 
  • Ages 6+ on Gold Rush trip, ages 15+ on Upper Clear Creek trip 
  • ⅓, ½, and full day options 
  • All gear provided

Explore the AVA Landscape

Find us across Colorado! Use our handy map to determine the activities convenient to your destination.

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Granite, Colorado Via Ferrata

For those looking for the ultimate thrill, our Granite Via Ferrata located at our Buena Vista outpost provides a unique climbing experience rewarded with incredible views of the Arkansas River, Mosquito Range, and the Sawatch Range. Built at the base of the 14,000+ foot remarkable Collegiate Peaks, this exhilarating venture is an even more intense and thrilling version of rock climbing.

 

Person on a Via Ferrata course.

Mount Blue Sky, Colorado Via Ferrata

Get your heart up on one of our most daring adventure trips! On our Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata course, you will traverse the cliffside in this unique assisted climbing experience, with views of the Rockies and the town of Idaho Springs present the entire way.

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Rayna N.2024-07-01

We went whitewater rafting and had the time of our lives. Dan was our guide, he was great! It was a wild ride for sure but I wouldn't change it and can't... Read More »

Olivia G.2024-06-11

We had an incredible experience with AVA Rafting & Zipline last weekend for our birthdays! My husband, two friends, and I went white water rafting in Buena... Read More »

Bill A.2023-07-04

Decided in this spot for some fun on a summer vacation in Brekenridge.

The drive from Breck was about 90 min. For meal plans after plan for about 30 in... Read More »

Olivia Karaszewski2024-06-12

We had an incredible experience with AVA Rafting & Zipline last weekend for our birthdays! My husband, two friends, and I went white water rafting in Buena Vista, and it was an adventure we'll never forget. Our guide, Todd, was absolutely amazing. His expertise and enthusiasm made the trip both thrilling and safe. We tackled class 4 rapids, and Todd’s guidance ensured we had an exhilarating and enjoyable time. The scenery was breathtaking, and the entire tour was perfectly organized from start to finish. If you're looking for a top-notch rafting experience with skilled and friendly guides, look no further than AVA Rafting & Zipline. We can't wait to return for another adventure!

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Jennifer Murphy2024-07-03

We loved this rafting trip. We are staying in Vail, so it was a 1 hour 15 minute drive... but it was worth it. We had 2 - 50 year old adults and three teens in our group and we all loved it. The rapids were just thrilling enough for us as we were looking for class 3 rafting. And the trip was a great length. The views of the Canyon were gorgeous the entire way. The guides were very friendly and likeable. We had Elliot and our whole group thought he was great. They had good equipment too: wetsuits, water proof jackets, helmets and life jackets. Their rafts had good spots to lock in your feet so you felt safe and like you wouldn't fall out of the raft... unless you weren't being smart.

Just so folks understand the time commitment: 1 1/4 drive each way from Vail, 1/2 hour to check in and get suited up at their outpost; 1/2 drive to the launch spot; about 1 1/2 hours rafting; 45 mins back to outpost... we were scheduled for 9 and were done and heading out about 12:30.

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Surajit Mukherjee2024-07-08

We went for a family adventure day to AVA near Buena Vista, CO. The front office staffs were exceptionally polite and generous and helped us with many ad-hoc requests like heating up our pizza. Check in and check out processes were smooth and flawless. Our zip line guides Ernie and Jess were fantastic and taught the techniques that took away fear from my kids mind. Jess was able to pull me back when I was stuck in the zip line (of-course because I did not follow the instructions). Jill was our rafting guide and she made the adventure thrilling and enjoyable for the entire family. She is very knowledgeable about the waters and the land forms surrounding it and felt like she enjoys what she is doing. Thanks AVA for gifting us a wonderful day.

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