Colorado White Water Rafting offers pristine, rushing rivers surrounded by spectacular scenery and is an experience that can’t be beat!

Colorado white water rafting is always an unforgettable experience. We are still telling river stories after many years and thousands of river miles, and we want to be part of your river story. Our Colorado white water rafting trips are second-to-none, designed with your adventurous spirit in mind. Look to Colorado Adventure Center for exciting white water rafting adventures for every experience level, from scenic floats where you get a chance to view wildlife or sit quietly listening to nature, to heart-stopping whitewater rafting trips with crashing waves and heart-pumping paddling. Some trips offer both in one day!

Clear Creek Beginner Rafting Trip

$45+ per person

The Clear Creek Beginner raft trip offers lots of easy whitewater rapids and terrific views. A perfect choice for first timers, families and groups with varying ability levels.

Clear Creek Beginner Rafting Trip

$45+ per person

The Clear Creek Beginner raft trip offers lots of easy whitewater rapids and terrific views. A perfect choice for first timers, families and groups with varying ability levels.

A Clear Creek Beginner river rafting trip is the perfect adventure for the entire family! This trip offers up plenty of whitewater rapids, beautiful scenery and some peaceful float water. You’ll have a blast splashing through Class II-III rapids where we’ll help you develop your paddling skills. Relax as you meander through the historic mining town of Idaho Springs past the Argo Gold Mine and Charlie Taylor waterwheel. Keep an eye out for wildlife in the canyons surrounding you as you enjoy your Colorado adventure. This is a fabulous trip for first timers, families and large groups with varying ability levels.

Cost
• $50/adult
• $45/youth 12 & under

River Class
Class II-III

Requirements
7 years old / 50 pounds subject to change with river and weather conditions

Meeting Time
45 minutes prior to trip time

Meeting Location
Idaho Springs/Dumont Basecamp
2697 Stanley Road, Dumont, CO 80436

Included
Wetsuits

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Clear Creek Intermediate Rafting Trip

$60 per person

Our most popular trip! A great choice for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers. This intermediate half day trip offers challenging nonstop Class III-IV whitewater and fabulous views.

Clear Creek Intermediate Rafting Trip

$60 per person

Our most popular trip! A great choice for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers. This intermediate half day trip offers challenging nonstop Class III-IV whitewater and fabulous views.

The Clear Creek Intermediate raft trip is a great choice for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers craving the thrill and challenge of whitewater. From the very start of this adventure at our private put-in, be prepared for whitewater action. This trip will definitely get you wet and your adrenaline pumping while paddling through “Nomad”, “Fall River” and “Deliverance” rapids. Ramp up the excitement level with the grand finale Class IV “Outer Limits”, then enjoy your journey through the historic gold mining town of Idaho Springs.

River Class
Class III-IV

Requirements
Recommended Minimum age 14 years

Meeting Time
45 minutes prior to trip time

Meeting Location
Idaho Springs/Dumont Basecamp
2697 Stanley Road, Dumont, CO 80436

Included
Wetsuits

Discounts Available when Combining with Zip Line & Aerial Park Trips! View Combo Trips

Clear Creek Advanced Rafting Trip

$79 per person

This is the most extreme, steep and technical stretch of Clear Creek for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V whitewater that is fast and furious.

Clear Creek Advanced Rafting Trip

$79 per person

This is the most extreme, steep and technical stretch of Clear Creek for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V whitewater that is fast and furious.

The Clear Creek Advanced 1/2 day raft trip is for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V whitewater that is fast, wild and non-stop! The names of the rapids such as “Guide Ejector”, “Hell’s Corner”, Double Knife” and “Terminator” give you a glimpse of what to expect. This is the most extreme, steep and technical stretch of Clear Creek that requires the ability to swim, strong physical conditioning and prior experience. For those up to the challenge, you will not be disappointed!

River Class
Class IV-V

Requirements
16 years minimum age with prior rafting experience and ability to swim is required

Meeting Time
45 minutes prior to trip time

Meeting Location
Idaho Springs/Dumont Basecamp
2697 Stanley Road, Dumont, CO 80436

Included
Wetsuits

Discounts Available when Combining with Zip Line & Aerial Park Trips! View Combo Trips

Happy Hour Raft

$55 per person

Experience a shorter version of our most popular Class III-IV whitewater adventure on Clear Creek! Perfect for those short on time or looking for a trip later in the day.

Happy Hour Raft

$55 per person

Experience a shorter version of our most popular Class III-IV whitewater adventure on Clear Creek! Perfect for those short on time or looking for a trip later in the day.

Experience a shorter version of our most popular Intermediate Class III-IV whitewater adventure on Clear Creek! We launch right from our own private put in at our beautiful basecamp. Perfect for those short on time or looking for a trip later in the day. Trip launches at 5pm and includes a free beer or soft beverage!

River Class
Class III-IV

Requirements
Minimum age of 14 years

Meeting Time
45 minutes prior to trip time

Meeting Location
Idaho Springs/Dumont Basecamp
2697 Stanley Road, Dumont, CO 80436

Included
Wetsuits

Discounts Available when Combining with Zip Line & Aerial Park Trips! View Combo Trips

Rafting in Idaho Springs, Colorado

The thrills and excitement of whitewater rafting are located just minutes from Denver and the Front Range, and an easy drive from Winter Park, Summit County and the Vail Valley. Conveniently located in Idaho Springs, the Colorado Adventure Center has access to some of the best whitewater in the state on Clear Creek. Perfect for families wanting to get away from the city for the afternoon or visitors from out of state searching for an authentic Colorado experience. Regardless of your skill level, our team at the Colorado Adventure Center strives to provide a whitewater experience that is fun, safe, exciting, and creates memories lasting a lifetime.

The Colorado Adventure Center operates its Colorado whitewater rafting trips from our beautiful new base camp facility easily accessed off I-70. Our selection of trips and times allows you to pick the very best options for your whitewater rafting adventure in Colorado. We tell you what to bring, when and where to meet us, then we provide everything you need including transport to and from the river. Don’t worry, we’ve perfected the logistics so you can focus on the adventure!

Experienced, Top-Rated Colorado Rafting Guides

As one of the early outfitters to take guests paddling on Clear Creek, we have years of experience and have developed a special affection for this waterway’s narrow, technical nature. The Creek shoots out of the Colorado mountains high atop the Continental Divide and rushes toward Denver at a steady clip. It’s rafting in Colorado as you’d expect it…exhilarating and stunning at the same time.

Difficulty Levels When Rafting in Colorado

The best thing about running rivers in Colorado is the wide variety of difficulty levels you can choose from. Whitewater rafting in Colorado has something for everyone from young children to experienced whitewater enthusiasts. When choosing a whitewater raft trip, you should always keep in mind the ability of every member of your group. It is a good idea to choose an adventure that is geared to the person with the lowest ability level. Remember, every river adventure is fun, even the most mellow experience. Rafting rivers is more than just wild whitewater and extreme excitement; it is the total experience that creates memories of a lifetime. A positive Colorado whitewater rafting experience can include whitewater excitement as well as wildlife, beautiful views, rich history told by knowledgeable guides and, most of all, enjoying a comfortable experience with friends and family. Keeping this in mind, it might be necessary to adjust your expectations to accommodate everyone’s comfort levels.

We offer many classes of difficulty within our Colorado rafting trips, from beginner all the way to expert. From paddling along with the guide to letting them do all (or most of) the work, you get to custom-create your Colorado rafting trip. For detailed information on our river and rapids rating systems, click here. This will begin to help you choose the trip best suited to your group’s abilities.

Our staff has years of experience helping our guests select the very best adventures so please CHAT or call us today at 877-947-7238. Your Colorado adventure awaits and is closer than you think!

Rafting on Clear Creek - History

Colorado Adventure Center offers whitewater rafting adventures for every experience level, from scenic float trips on which you get a chance to view wildlife or sit quietly listening to nature, to heart-stopping whitewater rapids with crashing waves and vigorous paddling. To enhance your rafting experience, why not get familiar with Clear Creek and the class of rapids you will be navigating. Here is a little history on Clear Creek and its different sections of whitewater.

Clear Creek is the 2nd most rafted river in Colorado, and for good reason. With more rapids per mile than any other river in Colorado, Clear Creek offers world class rafting conveniently located just 45 minutes from Downtown Denver. Clear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, approximately 66 miles long. The creek flows through Clear Creek Canyon in the Rocky Mountains, directly west of Denver, and descends through a long gorge where it emerges on the Colorado Eastern Plains and eventually joins the South Platte River. Clear Creek is unusual because it is actually a stream, but named a “creek” and is fed by stream called a “river” – the Fall River, which empties into Clear Creek along I-70 west of Idaho Springs.

Clear Creek is famous for its location as one of the most intense early gold mining hot spots during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859. Clear Creek also provided the route for the Colorado Central Railroad and later, U.S. Highway 6 and I-70.

The Clear Creek riverbed is composed of blasted river rock as a result of the gold mining industry. This is what creates the rumbling rapids through Clear Creek Canyon as water flows over river rock and makes for challenging raft trips as you navigate through these giant boulders and class II – IV rapids. Appropriately named by French hunters on the Stephen H. Long expedition as early as 1820, Clear Creek was originally called Cannonball Creek – after the oversized river rock. In the 1830s, Clear Creek became known as Vasquez Fork and later, Vasquez River, after fur trader Louis Vasquez who built his fort at the mouth of Clear Creek and trapped along it. Clear Creek officially gained its present name from the gold rushers in 1859.

Kayakers discovered Clear Creek in the 1950s, but were chase away with the construction of I-70. Then, in 1989, commercial rafting kicked off on Clear Creek and has since become one of Colorado’s most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations.

Clear Creek has an average gradient of 67 feet per mile and over 100 feet per mile on its advanced sections – simply meaning more rapids per mile. Clear Creek is divided into different sections according to class of rapids from perfect beginner rapids to thrilling intermediate and heart-racing advance sections. Here at Colorado Adventure Center’s Idaho Springs Base Camp, Clear Creek typically runs from Class II to Class IV rapids, providing fast-paced, exciting white water conveniently located along I-70. Colorado Adventure Center runs beginner rafting trips between Idaho Springs and Two Bears Tap and Grill (previously historic Kermits), and intermediate and advance trips along the neighboring historic mining towns of Dumont and Lawson.

A little further up the the hill from Denver, the Upper Clear Creek runs Class III and IV rapids, offering exhilarating white water that is both fast-paced and challenging. For even more of a challenge, the Lower Clear Creek Canyon, close to Golden, houses Class III and V rapids. This exciting section of white water provides a great side raft trip just outside the city.. While fun to watch, this section is advanced, steep, technical, and demanding white water, and not for the faint of heart!

Now that you’ve learned a little history about Clear Creek and the types of rapids you will be cruising on, check out our raft trip pages and book your raft trip today!!

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