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IDAHO SPRINGS, CO

Shhh – don’t tell! Did you know Idaho Springs rafting trips are some of the best in Colorado? Located just 30 minutes from Denver and within an hour of Boulder, Summit County and Winter Park, you can find beginner to advanced whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek as well as high-flying fun on our zipline and via ferrata tours. You can do both from the same location at AVA’s Idaho Springs Outpost!

AVA offers trips in Idaho Springs with multiple departures times each day to fit your action-packed vacation schedule or your demanding work life. Sign up for an early morning trip to avoid the crowds or join us for an evening river ride to make the most of summer’s long days.

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Idaho Springs White Water Rafting and Other Activities

A small town with big adventure! Idaho Springs has become a hidden gem for mountain recreation: convenient location, dramatic scenery, and some of the best mountain experiences in Colorado make it easy to see why. You can have it all when you stop into AVA’s Idaho Spring outpost. From rafting to via ferrata, we have adventures for the whole family. 

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What is the closest rafting to Idaho Springs, Colorado

Clear Creek runs straight through Idaho Springs, Colorado, so you do not have to travel far before you are on the river. Whether you are looking for a family friendly rafting trip or an advanced rafting trip, there are guided rafting options at Clear Creek Canyon.

What is the closest ziplining to Idaho Springs?

There are two courses in Idaho Springs. AVA Rafting & Zipline is located in the heart of Idaho Springs with a zipline course incorporated into the cliff side. Colorado Adventure Center has a zipline course that you can see from the highway.

What is the best rafting in Idaho Springs?

Clear Creek has rafting sections for all ages. If you are looking for an introduction to rafting try the Gold Rush and if want a more difficult trip, let the experienced guides as AVA take you on the Lower Canyon.

When is the Idaho Springs whitewater rafting season?

Summer is definitely the ideal time to visit Idaho Springs to go rafting! The season starts in May and will run through September. Not to mention, the weather is beautiful throughout the summer.

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IDAHO SPRINGS WHITEWATER RAFTING TIPS

Can Kids Go Rafting in Idaho Springs?

Rafting is a great family activity. especially in Clear Creek Canyon. Kids as young as 6 years old can go on rafting trips. During short periods of the year, the minimum age can be increased, but we offer rafting trips on the Upper Colorado for kids as young as 2.

Is it safe to go rafting in Clear Creek Canyon?

Rafting with AVA in Clear Creek Canyon ensures a fun and safe experience is had by all. Our guides go through 3 times more training then what the states require and they navigate these waters multiple times a day.

How Long does a rafting trip in Idaho Springs last?

We offer different length trips, so you can choose a rafting experience that fits into your schedule. We have a 1/3 day trip that takes about 3 hours, a 1/2 day trip that takes about 4 hours and a full day trip which is about a 6 hour time commitment. Times vary due to how the water is flowing that day.

Where should we meet for our Idaho Springs rafting trip?

Idaho Springs rafting trip meet at the outpost at 431 Chicago Creek Rd, Idaho Springs, CO 80452. Your guides will have everything you need for your trip except footwear.

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Top Outdoor Activities Near Idaho Springs, Colorado

RAFTING NEAR IDAHO SPRINGS

  • ZIPLINING NEAR Idaho Springs

    Cliffside ziplining in Idaho Springs, Colorado is a great option for flying through the Rockies. This zipline adventure is integrated into the cliffside where you will zip above the trees, and go through mountain top obstacles. Learn more about ziplining.

  • TRAIN RIDES NEAR IDAHO SPRINGS

    The famous Gerogetown Loop train ride is about 15 minutes from Idaho Springs, Colorado. This train ride takes you on a 3 mile loop about 650 feet above ground and across impressive bridges. This is sure to be a fun adventure for the whole family. Learn more about train rides.

  • MORE ACTIVITIES NEAR IDAHO SPRINGS

    Idaho Springs is conveniently located right of I-70 si you have many other activities at your fingertips. Try our Stand Up Paddle Board Trip or Inflatable Kayak Trip down the upper Colorado. We also offer fly fishing, guided hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, off-roading, lodging and multi-day activities. Learn more about all of our activites.

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ACTIVITY OPTIONS BASED ON LOCATION

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES NEAR DENVER

If you are looking to make a day trip or stay close to Denver then the 2 following locations will be the best options for you and your group.

Idaho Springs, Colorado is located 30 minutes west of Denver, Colorado. 

Activities:

  • Clear Creek Canyon Rafting
  • Cliffside Ziplining
  • Mount Evans Via Ferrata

Gerogetown, Colorado, is located 45 mintues west of Denver just past Idaho Springs. 

Activities:

  • Georgetown Loops Train Ride

WILLING TO VENTURE A LITTLE FARTHER

We have a lot of outdoor activities all over the state of Colorado. If you are looking to immerse yourself in the Rocky Mountains once of these locations may be the best option for you. 

Breckenridge, Colorado is located 1 hour and 30 minutes west of Denver, Colorado

Activities:

  1. Blue River Rafting
  2. Hot Air balloons

Kremmling, Colorado is located 2 hours north west from Denver, Colorado. 

Activities:

  1. Upper Colorado Rafting Trips
  2. Stand Up Padddle Boards
  3. Inflatable Kayaks
  4. Fly Fishing Trips
  5. River & Rafting Gear Rentals
  6. Off-Roading UTV Rentals
  7. Horseback riding
  8.  Guided Hiking
  9. Overnight and Multi-day Adventures

Buena Vista, Colorado located 2 hours and 15 minutes southwest of Denver. 

Activities:

  1. Arkansas River Rafting
  2. Mountain Top Ziplining
  3. Granite Via Ferrata
  4. Rock Climbing
  5. Overnight & Multi-day Adventures
  6. Horseback Riding
  7. Lodging: Cabins and Campsites

 

 

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EASY TO SCHEDULE 

Our Idaho Springs white water rafting trips and zipline tours offer top-notch fun for all ages. AVA offers trips in Idaho Springs with multiple departures times each day to fit your action-packed vacation schedule or your demanding work life. Sign up for an early morning trip to avoid the crowds or join us for an evening river ride to make the most of summer’s long days.

SO CLOSE, BUT SO FAR 

The historic mining town of Idaho Springs is famous for being the location of one of the first gold rushes in Colorado. Now it’s the home of adrenaline rushes! You’ll feel a world away from the big city even though it’s just 30 miles down I-70 from Denver.

  • AVA’s Idaho Springs Rafting Trips
  • Class II-III Gold Rush Beginner trip (ages 6+) 
  • Class III-IV Upper Canyon Intermediate trip (ages 15+) 
  • Class IV and V Lower Canyon Advanced trip (ages 15+)
  • Idaho Springs Zipline Tours & More
  • Cliffside Zipline Tour 
  • Via Ferrata Tour

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO FIND SOME DELICIOUS GRUB OR A POST-PADDLE BEER:

  • Tommyknocker Brewery
  • Smokin’ Yards BBQ
  • Beau Jo’s Pizza 
  • Two Brothers Deli
  • Westound & Down Brewery/The Buffalo

Grab a cup of coffee before or after your trip at The Frothy Cup.

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