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 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/Dumont 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 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 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.
The Colorado Adventure Center offers half-day and third-day rafting trips on Clear Creek from late spring through late August and three super fun combination trips. Our Clear Creek rafting options include:
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 Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Colorado adventure Canter Inc. (DBA Rock Gardens Rafting and Highside Adventure Tours) operators under special use permits with the water river national forest and Clear Creek Country. The Colorado Adventure center is a licensed outfitter with Colorado Park and wildlife and is an equal opportunity services provider.
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
All Colorado River (Shoshone Rapids) and Roaring Fork trips are offered through Rock Gardens Rafting a fully licensed and permitted subsidiary of the Colorado Adventure Center.