Exciting & Active

Gold Rush Clear Creek Rafting Adventure


Splash down the Clear Creek mining valley on our 1/3 day Gold Rush trip. Just a short half-hour trip from Denver, this family-friendly rafting adventure offers a fun outdoor adventure that everyone in your group will enjoy.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

The Gold Rush rafting trip is a fun trip for all abilities, packing in eleven rapids as you paddle your way down the historic Clear Creek mining valley. If you’re looking for an adventure for a family trip, work event, school event, or scouting trip the Clear Creek Gold Rush is the perfect introduction to beginner whitewater rafting.

Book this trip


How much


From $64

adults 13+

From $59

ages 6-12


What's included


  • Rafting

Trip Length


1/2 Day


How Hard


Exciting & Active

Who can go

Minimum Age

6 years old & Up

What AVA’s The Gold Rush RAFTING looks like

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • 1/3 day trip covering about 7 miles on the water
  • Family-friendly fun through 11 class III rapids
  • Convenient rafting less than 30 minutes from Denver
  • The opportunity to engage with Idaho Springs’s unique mining history
  • Wildlife spotting on the banks of the Clear Creek
  • Experienced raft guides

B. Trip Itinerary

  • Check in, gear up, and meet your guide at our Idaho Springs outpost
  • Shuttle to the water with your group
  • Receive basic paddling instructions from your guide
  • Hit the water and enjoy splashing through these mellower class III rapids
  • Shuttle back to our Idaho Springs outpost
  • Review photos from your Gold Rush rafting adventure

C. Who will love this trip?

  • Families with kids as young as 6 hoping to get everyone out on the water
  • School groups, sports teams, or scout groups looking for a fun outdoor adventure
  • Groups near Denver searching for a convenient adventure close to the city

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Group paddling through Browns Canyon

Family Friendly Excitment

Our 1/3 day Gold Rush trip is a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting in a family friendly trip everyone will enjoy. Kids as young as six years old will be able to get out on the water, while older kids and adults will still have fun splashing through the rapids.

lake near Idaho Springs with snow and greenery on the sloped bank

Colorado's Best Scenery

On our 1/3 day Gold Rush trip, you’ll paddle down the Clear Creek and Idaho Springs’s historic mining valley. As you navigate the rapids, you’ll see the Argo Mine amidst the area’s lush greenery. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, as big horn sheep, otters, and eagles have been known to be spotted around the Clear Creek.

Included Gear & Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your rafting excursion. This includes:

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket


  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet… no flip flops or crocs!
  • Fleece and/or quick dry clothing
  • Waterproof sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Cash to tip your raft guide
Next Colorado Vacation Idaho Springs

Continue the Adventure

Whether you’re visiting our Idaho Springs outpost for a day trip from Denver or planning an extended stay, there’s no shortage of activities to enrich your time in Colorado

  • Indulge in culinary delights at local favorites like Beau Jo’s Pizza or Tommyknocker Brewery.
  • Dive into the area’s rich mining history with tours at Argo Mill and Tunnel or Phoenix Gold Mine.
  • Explore the area’s wonders, including the breathtaking St. Mary’s Glacier, majestic 14,000 ft. Mount Blue Sky, or one of the many scenic hiking trails
  • For a change of pace, venture to Denver and enjoy the dynamic atmosphere of Colorado’s largest city.

Trip Location

Group of people on a rustic bridge.

Idaho Springs

431 Chicago Creek Road
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

Our Idaho Springs outpost offers beginner to advanced levels of whitewater rafting on Clear Creek, soar among the treetops on our Cliffside Zipline, or try our  Via Ferrata course for an introduction to mountaineering.  Enjoy an afternoon in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and catch some incredible sights of historic Idaho Springs- the location of Colorado’s first gold discovery!

Our Idaho Springs outpost is conveniently located near Denver, just 30 minutes west of downtown on I-70, and less than an hour from Summit County.

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