AVA Rafting & Zip Line/Peak 1 Express

AVA is The BEST Outdoor Adventure Company! AVA's sister company, Peak 1 Express is a reliable and affordable transportation company in the mountains, that offers employment opportunities as well!

AVA strives to deliver the very highest level of guest service while bringing awareness and understanding of the surrounding wilderness to our guests. As leaders in our industry, we set examples in safety, professionalism, outdoor skills and guest service, while providing low-impact environmental recreation.

AVA Rafting & Zip Line Locations: Kremmling, CO - Idaho Springs, CO - Buena Vista, CO - Breckenridge, CO Peak 1 Express provides the highest level of guest service in the county and industry. From the moment we pick them up until they reach their destination, we provide exceptional customer service and hassle-free transportation. (Based out of Breckenridge, CO and Avon, CO)

About AVA Rafting & Zip Line/Peak 1 Express

AVA Rafting & Zipline is Colorado's premier adventure guide. We specialize in creating unforgettable outdoor experiences, and rely on team members who are enthusiastic and service-oriented to provide our guests with the best adventures in Colorado. Born in 1998 in the heart of rafting country, AVA is celebrating 20 years of guiding in the Colorado outdoors. We may have started as a rafting company in the Arkansas Valley, but 20 years later, we are more than rafting -- we are the outdoors. In addition to world-class whitewater rafting, AVA is Colorado's go-to provider of ziplining, guided via ferrata tours, rock climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding and more.

As a member of the AVA Rafting & Zipline team, you will be surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals, all passionate about the outdoors. We proudly boast the best guides in the business, thanks in part to our thorough training and exceptional management team. With AVA Rafting & Zipline, it is our number 1 goal that you feel confidence and pride as you provide our guests with incredible outdoor experiences. We are a group of passionate outdoor folks, proud of what we do, and we love growing the AVA family. Our season generally runs from May until September, and we staff for that time.  A few year-round positions are open as well.

The Employee Experience

At AVA Rafting & Zipline, we pride ourselves in being the best in our industry. How do we pull it off? It starts with our guides. We have the most experienced raft guides in Colorado. Thinking about joining us in guide school? Well, you will receive 3 times the state requirement of river training in AVA's guide school. Ziplining more your thing? Well, as innovators of the industry, we put a lot of stock in our Zipline Guides, so you'll go through extensive training to become an old pro with our unique course, which features exciting elements such as a 50 foot free fall!

So, why work for the rest when you can work with the best?

It might be a cliche, but work hard, play hard is a driving force with us at AVA Rafting & Zipline. In addition to great parties and events throughout the season, our end-of-the-season party is a yearly favorite of our guides. Want to see what happens when over 70 adventure guides are let loose in downtown Denver, specifically at a Colorado Rockies baseball game? Well, you'll have to join us to see!

Ideal Candidate

You - are someone excited to work outside and have fun. You are looking to learn more about guiding or have been guiding for decades, either way, we're happy to see you. We provide training for new guides and run everything from class I-V whitewater and 2 zipline courses and 2 via feratta courses for those with experience. If guiding isn't for you but you want to spend your summer with a great group of people we have driving, retail, cook and other support positions open as well.

Room and Board

There are a lot of ways to spend the summer with AVA. There are off-site and on-site camping options as well as house/apartment/cabin rental options nearby. 

BUENA VISTA: At our Buena Vista Outpost we have a private campground for all employees who would like to camp all summer!

KREMMLING: Free employee shuttle! For those at our Upper Colorado River Outpost in Kremmling, we have an employee shuttle that runs from the resort town of Winter Park to the outpost each day.

We are happy to give you resources or discuss with you where to live and what to expect when you spend your summer with us.

Depending on which location you are interested in working at, this may be a helpful resource-SummitHousing.com

Employee Perks

AVA Employees:

  • Tons of boating, zipping, and climbing
  • AVA Discounts for Family and Friends
  • End of Season Bonuses 
  • Health Benefits offered after being employed full-time for one year
  • Competitive pay
  • Tips
  • and many, many more!

Getting Here and Getting Around

We have 3 outposts. Granite (near Buena Vista, CO), Clear Creek (Idaho Springs, CO - about 20 minutes outside Denver) and the Upper Colorado in Kremmling, CO

Apply or give us a call and we can tell you more about the area.

How to Apply


Questions? Call Kelly at 970-760-0180


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