Wild & High Exertion

Upper Clear Creek Rafting + Zipline


Package a thrilling zipline tour with the Upper Clear Creek half-day rafting trip for an adventure of a lifetime! This full-day experience combines our class IV rafting trip on the Clear Creek with our exciting and scenic cliffside zipline course.



The Highlights Of Your Trip

The Upper Clear Creek whitewater rafting is perfect for intermediate to advanced rafters and will take you through 8 miles of class IV rapids. Our cliffside zipline tour includes 6 lines along with other aerial elements, and all levels of adventure seekers will enjoy swinging through the trees.

Minimum age: 15, minimum weight: 50 lbs., maximum weight: 250 lbs.

Book this trip


How much


From $178

Ages 15+


What's included


  • Rafting
  • Ziplining

Trip Length


Full day, no lunch included


How Hard


Wild & High Exertion

Who can go

Minimum Age

15 years old & Up

What an AVA Upper Clear Creek RAFTING + ZIPLINE looks like

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • A full, exciting day of adventure
  • An adrenaline-pumping journey through 8 miles of challenging, continuous whitewater on the Upper Clear Creek
  • Navigate class IV rapids, including the passages of Nomad, Phoenix Holes, and Outer Limits
  • The opportunity to fly through the trees on our cliffside zipline course
  • 6 ziplines with features, including a jungle bridge, log cross, and dual race line!
  • Experienced raft and zip guides

B. Trip Itinerary*

  • Arrive and meet your guide at our Idaho Springs outpost, and gear up for your zipline adventure
  • Ride in our zip truck most of the way to the start of our zipline course, taking a short hike to the first platform
  • Soar on our six-line zipline course, reveling in breathtaking mountain vistas throughout the entire journey
  • Break for lunch – please pack a lunch or grab a bite to eat in town
  • Meet back with your guide for your Upper Clear Creek rafting excursion
  • Navigate exciting class IV rapids, spanning an 8-mile stretch of the river
  • Return to our outpost to review photos from your thrilling adventures

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

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.

C. Who will love this trip?

  • Families with kids at least 15 years old
  • Groups looking to try out two very different, exciting adventures
  • Adventurers looking for a full-day experience within a half hour of Denver
  • Physically fit beginner rafters looking for a challenge or more experienced rafters hoping for more advanced whitewater

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting + Zipline Adventure

guide swinging off zipline platform

A full day of excitement

Start off the day on AVA’s Cliffside Zipline Tour. With 6 exciting lines and additional features such as the Jungle Bridge, and more, this is a can’t-miss Colorado adventure! Finish off with an exciting 450-foot line running directly over Chicago Creek and landing back behind our outpost.

It’s then time to hit the water and raft the exciting and technical section of Upper Clear Creek! Starting high in the canyon, there’s just enough time to warm up before you drop into the first class IV rapid. You’ll encounter 30 major rapids on this 8-mile trip dropping an incredible 1,300 vertical feet. This continuous, steep, technical section will keep your paddle moving and your heart thumping as you crash through pulsing, Class IV rapids.

Prepping to zipline in the Colorado mountains.

Majestic Scenery

This full-day adventure guarantees stunning views both from the mountain peaks and along the river. On our cliffside zipline course, experience the sweeping panoramas of the majestic Rocky Mountains and take in the Chicago Creek meandering through the forested landscape below.

The Lower Canyon of Clear Creek offers an exhilarating whitewater journey framed by towering mountains. Surrounded by lush riverbank greenery and flanked by imposing rock formations, your rafting expedition ensures scenic wonders at every corner. Keep an eye out for wildlife; you might spot bighorn sheep, eagles, and otters along the way.

Rafting helmets on the sandy ground.

Included Gear & Packing List

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

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • 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 (zipline)
  • Pants or longer shorts that will fit in your zipline harness
  • Lunch (or grab food in town)
  • Cash to tip your raft & zipline guides!
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Continue the Adventure

Whether you’re considering a day trip from Denver to our Idaho Springs outpost or planning an extended stay, there’s no shortage of activities to enrich your experience:

  • Recharge at a local restaurant or brewery. Make sure to check out on of our top picks, such as Beau Jo’s Pizza or Tommyknocker Brewery.
  • Delve into the region’s rich mining heritage with tours at Argo Mill and Tunnel or Phoenix Gold Mine.
  • Extend your outdoor adventure by exploring Colorado classics like St. Mary’s Glacier, Mount Blue Sky, or one of the many nearby hiking trails.
  • Enjoy a change scenery with a brief 25-minute drive to Denver and experience Colorado’s bustling capital city, or catch a show at Red Rocks.

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.


Please either pack a lunch or grab food in town between adventures.

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