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Come experience an enjoyable, unforgettable Clear Creek river rafting trip with Colorado’s premier Clear Creek rafting company: AVA Rafting. Gain a new appreciation for the natural environment and an adventurous and unique view of the Rocky Mountains. Let us help you create the memory of a lifetime with one of our Clear Creek Colorado rafting or zipline adventures! Clear Creek whitewater rafting navigates a steep, technical river with white water rafting sections appropriate for all ages and abilities.

 

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Fast Facts about Clear Creek

  • Location: Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Drive time from Denver: ~40 minutes
  • Best time to raft: May – September
  • Ages: 6 years old and up
  • Duration: 1/3 day, 1/2 day, and full day
  • Other Activities: zipline & via ferrata
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Our Clear Creek Rafting Trips

  • Gold Rush Section

  • Age Minimum: 6 years old
    Rapids: Class II-III
    Best Time to Go: May-August
    Location: Idaho Springs, CO
    Price: Starts at $44/person

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  • Upper Clear Creek Section

  • Age Minimum: 15 years old
    Rapids: Class III-IV
    Best Time to Go: May-August
    Location: Idaho Springs, CO
    Price: Starts at $75/person

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  • Lower Canyon Section

  • Age Minimum: 15 years old
    Rapids: Class IV-V
    Best Time to Go: May-August
    Location: Idaho Springs, CO
    Price: Starts at $80/person

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Rafting on Clear Creek

TRIPS FOR EVERYONE

Clear Creek rafting has trips for all ages and excitement levels. We have trips for kids as young as 6 years old and 1/3 day long, to full day trips with thrilling class 5 rapids and a BBQ lunch on the river.

GREAT TRIPS FOR KIDS

Our Clear Creek Gold Rush rafting trip is perfect for families with kids as young as 6 years old. Join us on this exciting trip that takes you past the Charlie Tayler Water Wheel, through town and down exciting rapids such as Dizzy Lizzy, Power Line and Mountain Lion. Rafting Clear Creek is a great family adventure with AVA!

EXCITING PACKAGES

Not only can you experience the best rafting that Denver has to offer, you can package your rafting trip with our Cliffside Zipline trip or our Mount Evans Via Ferrata. Make the most of your adventure in the mountains with a multi-adventure package.

CLOSE TO DENVER

Clear Creek is conveniently located in the historic mining town of Idaho Springs, just 30 minutes west of downtown Denver and about one hour from Boulder, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Winter Park. Our Clear Creek outpost features part-day and full-day trips with multiple departure times from early morning to evening.

WHAT TO WEAR

You can wear a swimsuit with quick drying clothes over it. We do not recommend wearing any cotton because once it gets wet it can keep you cold and does not dry quickly. We will provide wet suits and splash suits. Most important, wear shoes that are secure to your feet. Water shoes and old tennis shoes work great. Please don't wear flip flips or crocs.

WHAT TO BRING

Appropriate shoes that stay secure to your feet; no crocs or flip flops. Don't forget waterproof sunscreen and sunglasses. Don't bring your favorite pair or make sure you have croakies so they don't fall off. Lastly, make sure to pack a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your rafting trip.

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Clear Creek Adventure Packages

Our Clear Creek rafting trips are great paired with a Cliffside Zipline tour or the Mount Evans Via Ferrata tour. Join us for a full day of adventure with our rafting + aerial tour packages in Idaho Springs. Read more about our Clear Creek adventure packages by choosing your aerial adventure below:

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Frequent Questions about Clear Creek

  • When can I raft on Clear Creek?

    Clear Creek in Idaho Springs will typically start running in mid to late April and will run through mid-August or early-September if the water levels allow.

  • How far away is Clear Creek from Denver?

    Clear Creek stretches along I-70 from about Loveland to Golden, CO. The most popular section for whitewater rafting lies in Idaho Springs, CO, just about 30 minutes west of Denver.

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ABOUT CLEAR CREEK

Clear Creek flows through Clear Creek Canyon in the Rocky Mountains directly west of Denver, following alongside I-70 until it connects to the South Platte. Clear Creek runs through the town of Idaho Springs, where the first gold was found in the late 1850s during the Colorado gold rush. 

Located in an old mining valley in the Colorado Rockies, its proximity to Denver, Boulder, Summit County and Winter Park makes Clear Creek rafting an easily accessible favorite for locals and travelers alike. AVA is a premier Clear Creek rafting company in Colorado.

ABOUT OUR CLEAR CREEK TRIPS

Clear Creek is an excellent destination for gatherings of all sorts. We even book multiple departure times to fit busy vacationer’s schedules! Whether you want an exciting and adventurous family reunion activity or a unique introduction to the Colorado wilderness or a different way to celebrate your bachelor party, Clear Creek has something to offer everyone. Because of its varying intensities and gorgeous landscape, Clear Creek is the premier whitewater location for anybody looking for a truly Colorado experience.

AVA has a trip for everyone on Clear Creek. The Gold Rush section is great for families with kids as young as 6. This 1/3 day trip is a great introduction to whitewater rafting in Colorado. The section you’ll raft includes eleven Class III rapids as you paddle and splash your way down the Creek.

Looking to up the intensity? The 1/2 day trip on Upper Clear Creek allows you to conquer some of the most intense whitewater rafting on Clear Creek! Enjoy this steep, technical section that will keep your paddle moving. This trip is physically demanding and only for ages 15+.

Ready for the best Clear Creek has to offer? The Lower Canyon of Clear Creek trip is a 1/2 day advanced whitewater trip that is one of the most continuous sections of whitewater in Colorado. You will rush through impressive scenery and an even more impressive gradient that drops 150 feet/mile through the canyon.

AVA also has longer trips on Clear Creek. Combine the Upper Clear Creek and the Gold Rush for a 3/4 Day trip that includes lunch called the Outer Limits. Push your physical limits on our full day advanced trip, the Phoenix, which combines the Upper Clear Creek, the Gold Rush and the Lower Canyon into one jam-packed day with a delicious BBQ lunch in the middle!

A unique activity for team building or improving leadership skills: plan group river trips like corporate trips, wedding parties, scouts, athletic teams or bachelorette parties! 

 

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