Thrilling & Very Active

Gold Rush Rafting + Via Ferrata

On our Gold Rush rafting and Via Ferrata multi-adventure package, adventure starts strong and keeps coming. Climb high into the cliffside above Idaho Springs and the Chicago Creek on Via Ferrata course, a unique form of climbing with features built into the mountainside. You’ll then cool off over the course of 7 miles of moderate rapids on the historic Clear Creek.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

Join us for an action-packed day with this Gold Rush rafting and Via Ferrata multi-adventure package at our Idaho Springs outpost. Your day will consist of splashing through class III rapids on our family-friendly Gold Rush Rafting trip and an exciting assisted climbing experience on our Mount Evans Via Ferrata course.

Minimum age: 12, minimum weight: 50 lbs., maximum weight: 250 lbs.

Book this trip


How much


From $208

Ages 12+


What's included


  • Via Ferrata
  • Rafting

Trip Length


full day, no lunch


How Hard


Thrilling & Very Active

Who can go

Minimum Age

12 years old & Up

What an AVA Gold Rush RAFTING + VIA FERRATA looks like

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • A full day of excitement
  • A unique mountaineering experience in the cliffside above our Idaho Springs outpost
  • The chance to traverse up and across the cliffside with a combination of iron rungs, bars, bridges, ziplines and rappels
  • Family friendly rafting on Clear Creek
  • 7 miles of paddling excitement through 11 class III rapids
  • The opportunity to raft through historic Idaho Springs and learn about the origin of Colorado’s first gold discovery
  • Experienced raft and Via Ferrata guides

B. Trip Itinerary*

  • Check-in and meet your guide at our Idaho Springs outpost
  • Gear up for your Via Ferrata experience and take a short ride to the start of your adventure
  • Traverse the mountainside using assisted climbing features on our Via Ferrata course
  • Fly on ziplines, rappel, and make your way high above Idaho Springs!
  • Return to our outpost and break for lunch- please pack a lunch or grab food in town
  • Paddle the Clear Creek on our Gold Rush rafting trip
  • Cover 7 miles and explore the historic mining valley
  • Return to the outpost and view the photos from your trip

Express Option Available:
Our express trip option will send you directly into the next adventure-all gas, no breaks. This option is perfect for groups on a tighter schedule and for those who don’t need an hour between activities to refuel. Simply choose the express option when booking online.

*For some trips, the order of adventures may be switched. Please check your individual booking for exact details.

C. Who will love this trip?

  • Groups looking for a full day of excitement on the water and on land
  • Families with kids 12 and older
  • Anyone hoping for a fun, convenient adventure within a half hour of Denver

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting + Via Ferrata Adventure

River rafting group with oars up for group photo.

A full day of excitement

Our Gold Rush Rafting and Via Ferrata full-day adventure package makes sure you get out on the water and in the trees in one day of excitement. Our Mount Blue Sky Via Ferrata is a unique climbing experience that involves ascending up into the mountainside, across features built into the course. These include iron rungs, bars, and bridges, and you will also have the opportunity to fly on several lines from our zipline course!

Our Gold Rush rafting trip is one of our most family-friendly trips yet offers an exciting opportunity for everyone in your group to get out on the water. You’ll rush the rapids on our class III Gold Rush trip, splashing through the best of Clear Creek rafting.

Person on a Via Ferrata course.

Unparalleled Scenery

While traversing the rugged granite cliffsides, you’ll delight in panoramic views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains, including the iconic peak of Mount Blue Sky. Take in vistas of Chicago Creek and the forests adorning the mountainside.

On your Clear Creek rafting adventure, you will also be captivated by views of the craggy Colorado landscape. As your raft floats by historic Idaho Springs, the site of Colorado’s first gold discovery, a touch of history will be added to your journey.

Rafting helmets on dirt outside

Included Gear & Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your rafting and Via Ferrata excursions. This includes:

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket
  • Helmet
  • Via Ferrata Gear
  • Gloves


  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet… no flip flops or crocs! (Rafting)
  • Fleece and/or quick dry clothing
  • Waterproof sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Closed toed-shoes (Via Ferrata)
  • Pants or longer shorts that will fit in your Via Ferrata harness
  • Lunch
  • Cash to tip your raft & Via Ferrata guides!

Continue the Adventure

Whether you’re stopping by our Idaho Springs outpost for a day trip from Denver or planning an extended stay, there’s a wealth of activities to enjoy before or after your adventure.

  • Indulge in a meal or drink at one of the area’s charming restaurants or breweries. Don’t miss favorites like Beau Jo’s Pizza or Tommyknocker Brewery.
  • Immerse yourself in the region’s rich mining history with a tour at Argo Mill and Tunnel or Phoenix Gold Mine
  • Continue your outdoor exploration by venturing to St. Mary’s Glacier, Mount Blue Sky, or one of the many scenic hiking trails nearby.
  • For a change of scenery, take a short 25-minute drive to Denver and discover the vibrant attractions 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.


The Via Ferrata is a physically demanding activity that includes a short hike, traversing, mountaineering, rappelling, ziplining, various cable bridges, and more. We recommend that those interested in the Via Ferrata tour are physically active, as this adventure requires upper body strength, balance, and endurance. You do not, however, need to have previous climbing experience.

Our Via Ferrata courses prioritize safety above all else and strictly adhere to established safety standards. Throughout the excursion, participants are securely connected to the cliffside via a harness and a reliable 2-cable system. As you navigate the course, you’ll continuously clip in and out of these cables, ensuring constant connection to the cliffside. It’s worth noting that the design prevents the possibility of simultaneously unclipping from both cables, providing an added layer of security throughout the adventure.

Please pack a lunch or grab lunch in Idaho Springs between adventures.

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