Denver, Colorado is a great city to visit. There is much to see and do as well as many opportunities and adventures that await less than an hour away. In the majestic Rocky Mountains close to Denver, you’ll find the most exciting adventure of all: river rafting Colorado’s great rivers!
Denver river rafting? You bet! Our most popular and exciting rafting trips in Colorado near Denver are on Clear Creek, which is just a 35 minute drive from downtown Denver.
Rafting trips near Denver are available for anyone and everyone, from beginner river floaters to intermediate river runners and beyond. Whether you’re traveling with young children or great-grandparents, rafting trips offered by Highside Adventure Tours and the Colorado Adventure Center are appropriate for the whole family. Rafting makes a great activity for family reunions, wedding parties, and youth groups. Rafting trips in Colorado are also the perfect add-on to meetings and conventions, and are ideal challenges for team bonding and leadership training.
All Clear Creek rafting trips meet at our Idaho Springs Basecamp, located just off I-70. For more information about river rafting on Clear Creek, visit our Clear Creek page.
Idaho Springs has a rich mining history. In fact, our offices are located right inside the Argo Gold Mine and Mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We’re simple and easy to get to: merely head west on I-70 from downtown Denver, take Idaho Springs exit 241A, and there we are. You can’t miss the Argo Gold Mine and Mill sign visible from just about everywhere in town.
Idaho Springs is itself worth a visit. A charming main street, shops, restaurants, history, mine tours, a mining museum (with the largest collection of mining memorabilia in the state), 14,000-foot Mount Evans, wildlife viewings, and the famous Indian Springs mineral springs resort — perfect for a relaxing soak after your river rafting adventure — make Idaho Springs a great day trip for people living near or traveling through Denver.
Highside Adventure Tours and the Colorado Adventure Center offer half-day and full-day rafting trips on Clear Creek from late spring through late August and three super fun combination trips. Our Clear Creek rafting options include:
Give us a call, check out the trip options on this page or contact us for pricing and details. 877-ZIP-RAFT
From a home base in Denver, other rafting options include:
The Blue River — Approximately 1.25 hours west on I-70 to Frisco, Colorado. The Blue offers a gorgeous high country river trip with breathtaking scenery of some of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks.
Arkansas River Rafting — From Denver, a 2.5-hour drive south on Highway 285 to charming Buena Vista.
Colorado River — From Denver, a 1.25-hour drive on I-70 to Breckenridge, Colorado and then a one-hour ride north on Highway 9 to the river put-in brings rafters to a scenic, remote canyon.
Colorado Adventure Center, Inc. (DBA Rock Gardens Rafting, Highside Adventure Tours, Inc.) operates under special use permits with the White River National Forest, Colorado State Parks (Arkansas River Headwaters Area), Bureau of Land Management (BLM Kremmling office), Clear Creek County and is an equal opportunity service provider.
All Lower Colorado River (Shoshone Rapids) and Roaring Fork trips offered through Rafting Coloradoa fully licensed and permitted outfitter.