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What To Bring

What To Bring on Your AVA Trip

Whether you're on a quick day trip from Denver or the 7-day vacation of your dreams to Colorado, you don't need any added stress. We want to make your adventure with AVA easy and FUN! We understand that when you are on vacation you already have enough to worry about so we try to provide all of your adventure needs to lighten the load in the car or on the plane.  No  matter the trip you go on we make sure that you will not  have any hidden fees and if there is an item that you forget we will have it in our gift shop.  

1-Day Rafting Trips

We Provide:

  • Wetsuits and splash jackets
  • Helmets (required on Class III, IV and V trips)
  • Life jackets and paddles
  • A fantastically good time

(**Please note that on a few of the trips we book with partner rafting companies, wetsuits and splash jackets must be rented.)

You Bring:

  • 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)

We Suggest:

  • Wear fleece and/or quick-dry clothing (no cotton for the river)
  • Towels to dry off after rafting
  • Cash to tip your raft or zipline guide and/or to purchase retail gear, snacks or memorabilia at our retail shop
  • Waterproof Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

*Quick dry clothing, fleece, footwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, and towels can be purchased at our Granite, Idaho Springs and Kremmling outposts (subject to availability). Water shoes can be purchased for Blue River trips prior to the date of your trip through the call center: 970-423-7031.

Zipline Tours (Granite or Idaho Springs Locations)

We Provide:

All of your safety equipment including:

  • Harnesses
  • Gloves
  • Helmets

You Bring:

  • Closed-toe shoes with a good sole that stay securely on your feet (no flip-flops or crocs please)
  • Pants or shorts that are at least knee-length

We Suggest : 

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

If you don’t have a waterproof camera there is no need to fret! On your rafting and zipline trips, professional photographers will take pictures that you may purchase at the end of your trip at the gift shop or online when you return home. If you  don’t want to lose those nice new sunglasses in the river we will have some sunglass straps at our outposts! We also carry snacks, sunscreen, water shoes, disposable waterproof cameras, and lots of other fun items at our retail stores. So if you do forget the things you need, AVA has you covered!

Rock Climbing Trips

We Provide:

  • Harness
  • Rock Climbing Shoes
  • Helmet

You Bring:

  • Good shoes for the hike in
  • Comfy, athletic style pants
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Backpack

Overnight Rafting Trips

We Provide:

  • Tent
  • 4-inch thick sleeping pad
  • Camp chairs
  • Kitchen and everything needed for meals
  • Toilet
  • Waterproof bag to pack your belongings in

You Bring:

  • Shoes for on the river (must stay securely on your feet, no flip-flops or clogs)
  • Sleeping bag (this can also be rented, but please be sure to reserve one before the day of your trip)
  • ​Change of clothes or two for camp, including warm layers and dry shoes

We Suggest:

  • Plenty of layers to choose from. Synthetic, quick-drying layers are required on the river and are best for at camp too in case of rain. Cotton does often work ok at camp though.
  • Towels to dry off with after rafting
  • Rain Jacket
  • Personal toiletries, bug repellent
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Things to play with, such as a frisbee
  • Extra beverages and alcohol are ok to bring with you (we will pack it for you on our gear boat), no glass allowed, consumption of alcohol not allowed before or on the river

Our goal is to provide you extra value on your trip by including as many of the things you need. We'll never nickel and dime you at the counter upon your arrival in order for you to have things that are required of you or that keep you warm and safe.