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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Denver White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting near Denver ImageDenver, 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!

For River Rafting, Colorado Offers Spectacular Adventure

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.

All rafting trips in Colorado include rafts, helmets, personal flotation device, basic instruction and a professional, highly skilled river guide.

Rafting Trips In Colorado For All Ages

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.

Denver White Water Rafting ImageClear Creek: Convenient Denver White Water Rafting Trips

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:Team Rafting

  • Half Day Rafting on Clear Creek — beginner, intermediate, and advanced trips
  • Full Day Clear Creek Rafting— includes our famous barbecued steak lunch!
  • Combination Rafting/Biking (Vail Pass Paddle and Pedal) — 1/2 day rafting, 1/2 day biking

 

Give us a call, check out the trip options on this page or contact us for pricing and details. 877-ZIP-RAFT

Other Denver White Water Rafting Options

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.

Denver Rafting Trips

Royal Gorge Full Day

Royal Gorge Full Day
Here the Arkansas River flows through the 1,100-foot-deep Royal Gorge, one of Colorado’s most popular natural wonders. While you are catching your breath between the incredible Class IV-V rapids, you can take in the stunning beauty of the gorge. At high flows (May-July) this trip is almost non-stop whitewater, and not for the faint of heart. The Royal Gorge is recommended highly for aggressive paddlers who are in good physical shape and know how to swim. This trip includes our famous BBQ lunch, prepared by your guide.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $105 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM – Call 970-402-6081
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Royal Gorge
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Browns Canyon Half Day

Browns Canyon Half Day
A classic, this ½-day trip is one of the best in all of America. Granite canyon walls and fourteen-thousand-foot peaks are the backdrop for challenging rapids such as Pinball, Zoom Flume, Big Drop and others. Take a couple hours out of your day and explore one of the most classic whitewater stretches in Colorado.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Adult Cost: $49
  • Child Cost: $44 (12 and under)
  • Trip Times: 10AM, 2PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista

Numbers Full Day

Numbers Full Day
This extreme and continuous stretch of Class V water is for experienced and aggressive paddlers only. With almost 6 miles of continuous Class IV+ rapids, the Numbers is one of the toughest commercially run sections of whitewater in the United States. It’s not for everyone, but for those who take the challenge, it’s the trip of a lifetime! Rafters looking to run the Numbers must have previously rafted Class IV or V rapids, be in good physical condition, and be able to swim.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $108 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
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Browns Canyon Full Day

Browns Canyon Full Day
This is the most popular full-day trip in Colorado, and for good reasons. Excellent for first-timers and experienced rafters alike, this pool-and-drop stretch of river is fun for just about everyone. Raft Browns Canyon and tackle classic rapids such as Zoom Flume, Widow Maker and Siedel’s Suck Hole. This collection of rapids makes Browns Canyon one of the best Class III-IV river runs in all of America. For lunch, we will stop in the canyon to enjoy a steak and chicken BBQ lunch, prepared on the spot by your guide.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Adult Cost: $86
  • Child Cost: $76 (12 and under)
  • Trip Time: 10AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Advanced

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Advanced
The advanced 1/2-day trip is for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V whitewater that is fast and wild. A Clear Creek Advanced 1/2 day is a great way to get the adrenaline flowing, and it’s the closest, most exciting option for those in the Denver and Summit County areas.
  • Class: 4/5
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $68 per person
  • Time: 9AM, 1PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Intermediate

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Intermediate
Great for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers, this half day trip offers nonstop whitewater, and is a great way to get a taste of what challenging whitewater is all about. Running such rapids as Nomad and Outer Limits, this section is sure to get your blood flowing.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Cost: $52 per person
  • Trip Times: 8AM, 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Raft 1/3 Day Beginner

Clear Creek Raft 1/3 Day Beginner
Perfect for beginners, this 1/3-day trip offers lots of rapids and fun while floating through the historic mining town of Idaho Springs. A wonderful choice for families and large groups with varying abilities, the Clear Creek Beginner trip offers the perfect taste of whitewater.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Minimum Age: 5 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Cost: $39 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs

Upper Colorado Duckie 3/4 Day

Upper Colorado Duckie 3/4 Day
Take charge of your Colorado River adventure and be the captain of your own inflatable kayak. The mighty Colorado offers a few Class II rapids as well as spectacular views and wonderful history. With natural hot springs, countless swimming holes, prehistoric dinosaur tracks, and a boxed lunch included, it’s a great way to spend a day in the Colorado sunshine.
  • Class: 2
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Minimum Age: 14 yrs.
  • Cost: $78 per person
  • Trip Time: 11AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Breckenridge
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Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day

Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day
Set out on your first day for an exciting river rafting trip through the continuous rapids of the Narrows. Set up camp alongside the Arkansas River and relax with the smells of a gourmet dinner under the stars. Do not worry, we take care of all the cooking! Wake up to a hearty breakfast the next morning and get ready for an exciting full day in Brown’s Canyon. All meals are included. Camping gear rentals can be arranged.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Cost: $325 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM – Call 970-402-6081
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
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Zipline Canopy Tour

Zipline Canopy Tour
Soar above the treetops and cross the river three times among wooden towers on this trip that also highlights Idaho Springs’ gold mining history. No experience necessary but be ready to gain some height! The tallest in our five-tower course is over 65 feet.
  • Requirements: 48 inches tall and 65 to 250 pounds. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: $89 per person
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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Zipline & Intermediate Raft Trip

Zipline & Intermediate Raft Trip
This trip combines the Clear Creek Zipline Canopy Tour with an Intermediate whitewater raft trip on Clear Creek that is great for experienced paddlers or aggressive first-timers. Soar among evergreen treetops on the zipline tour, and look down over the roaring rapids you will paddle through! The river below offers nonstop whitewater, and is a great way to get a taste of what challenging whitewater is all about.
  • River Class: 3/4
  • Raft Requirements: 14 yrs. old
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs.
  • Cost: $126 per person
  • Trip Times: 10AM, 2PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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Clear Creek Zip & Advanced Raft Trip

Clear Creek Zip & Advanced Raft Trip
This trip combines the Clear Creek Zipline Canopy Tour with an Advanced whitewater raft trip on Clear Creek that is for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V whitewater that is fast and wild. The Clear Creek Special Advanced is a great way to get the adrenaline flowing all day with a soaring zip that reaches more than 65 feet in height and some of the most challenging whitewater around. This combo trip is the closest, most exciting option for those in the Denver area. Feel the thrill!
  • River Class: 4/5
  • Minimum Age: 16 yrs.
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs.
  • Cost: $145 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 1PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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Clear Creek Zip & Beginner Raft Trip

Clear Creek Zip & Beginner Raft Trip
This trip combines the Clear Creek Zipline Canopy Tour with a Beginner river raft trip on Clear Creek that offers lots of rapids and fun while floating through the historic mining town of Idaho Springs. A wonderful choice for families, and large groups, with varying abilities, the Clear Creek Special Beginner trip offers the perfect taste of zipping and whitewater.
  • River Class: 2/3
  • Raft Minimum: 5 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: $116 per person
  • Trip Times: 11AM, 3PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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