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Clear Creek White Water Rafting

Clear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, approximately 66 miles (106 km) long,[3] in north central Colorado in the United States. The creek flows through Clear Creek Canyon in the Rocky Mountains directly west of Denver, descending through a long gorge to emerge at the town of Golden, finally ending in the Colorado Eastern Plains where it joins the South Platte. Clear Creek is unusual in that it is a stream named "creek" fed by a stream named "river"; typically "rivers" are fed by "creeks".

Clear Creek is one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in Colorado, and for a great reason. Conveniently located about 30 minutes West of Denver, Clear Creek has a rafting trip option for varying ability and experience levels.

Trips Available on Clear Creek


Our beginner trips are perfect for first time rafters or families alike that are looking for a great introduction to whitewater rafting. This trip covers roughly 6 miles of river and offers amazing whitewater rapids, beautiful scenery and some peaceful floating. 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.

  • Duration: 1/3 day (~ 2.5 hours total)
  • Class: II-IIISeason: May – August
  • Time: 9:00 am & 12:30 pm
  • Please arrive 30 min prior to trip time for check-in and gear up
  • Price: $69 adult I
  • Price: $59 child (under 12)
  • Minimum Age: 6 years old. May vary with water flows*


For those who are looking to step it up a notch from the Beginner rafting trip, there’s the Intermediate option. Our Intermediate raft trip is a great choice for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers craving the thrill and challenge of whitewater. With a steady dose of fun and challenging rapids, this trip requires active paddling and participation as we navigate the river as a team. First time paddlers and experienced paddlers alike are welcome, but active paddling is required. Being in good physical condition and having the ability to swim are recommended. Clear Creek is steep and narrow and this section passes through over a dozen rapids as the river drops about 75 feet per mile. Listen to your guide, hold onto your paddle and get ready to get wet! This exciting stretch of the river is Clear Creek’s most popular trip with continuous class III and IV rapids. Navigate rapids with such names as Nomad, Fall River, Phoenix, Deliverance and the class IV climax, Outer Limits Rapid.

  • Duration: Half Day (~ 3 hours)
  • Class: III-IV
  • Season: May – August (seasonally dependent)
  • Time: 9:00 am and 12:30
  • Please arrive 30min prior to trip time for check-in and gear up
  • Price: $79 per person
  • Minimum Age: 12 years old. May vary with water flows