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WHITE WATER RAFTING NEAR DENVER OFFERS PRISTINE, RUSHING RIVERS SURROUNDED BY SPECTACULAR SCENERY AND IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT CAN’T BE BEAT!

Are you looking for  white water rafting near Denver, CO ? We got you covered! The Colorado Adventure Center is the premier base camp for Denver white water rafting. Specializing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced rafting trips near Denver. Conveniently located approximately 20 miles from the Denver Metro Area.

Denver, CO has all the great amenities of a major city plus white water rafting trips only a short drive away. Enjoy a Colorado dog at the Rockies game, check out one of the many amazing museums, and don’t miss out on a brewery tour through Denver’s thriving craft beer scene. Part of Denver’s charm is the big city experiences and its proximity to amazing adventures in the Rocky Mountains. A trip to Denver wouldn’t be complete without making the short drive to the mountains for a white water rafting adventure!

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  • Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Minimum age: 7 years for beginner, 14 years for intermediate, 16 years for advanced
  • Season: Early May to late August depending on water levels
  • Minimum weight: 50lbs
  • Wetsuits are complementary on all rafting trips and required on intermediate and advanced.

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BEGINNER RAFT TRIP

$79+ PER PERSON

The Clear Creek Beginner raft trip offers lots of easy white water rapids and terrific views. A perfect choice for first timers, families and groups with varying ability levels.

A Clear Creek Beginner river rafting trip is the perfect adventure for the entire family! This trip offers up plenty of white water rapids, beautiful scenery and some peaceful float water. You’ll have a blast splashing through Class II-III rapids where we’ll help you develop your paddling skills. Relax as you meander through the historic mining town of Idaho Springs past the Argo Gold Mine and Charlie Taylor waterwheel. Keep an eye out for wildlife in the canyons surrounding you as you enjoy your Colorado adventure. This is a fabulous trip for first timers, families and large groups with varying ability levels.

River Class Class II-III

Requirements 7 years old / 50 pounds subject to change with river and weather conditions

Meeting Time 30 minutes prior to trip time

Meeting Location Idaho Springs Basecamp 2697 Stanley Road, Idaho Springs, CO 80452

Included Wetsuits

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INTERMEDIATE RAFT TRIP

$89+ PER PERSON

Our most popular trip! A great choice for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers. This intermediate half day trip offers challenging nonstop Class IV and V rapids white water and fabulous views.

The Clear Creek Intermediate raft trip is a great choice for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers craving the thrill and challenge of white water. From the very start of this adventure at our private put-in, be prepared for white water action. This trip will definitely get you wet and your adrenaline pumping while paddling through “Nomad”, “Fall River” and “Deliverance” rapids. Ramp up the excitement level with the grand finale Class IV “Outer Limits”, then enjoy your journey through the historic gold mining town of Idaho Springs.

River Class Class IV and V rapids

Requirements Minimum age 14 years subject to change with river conditions. We recommend but don’t require the ability to swim.

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ADVANCED RAFT TRIP

$109+ PER PERSON

This is the most extreme, steep and technical stretch of Clear Creek for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V white water that is fast and furious.

The Clear Creek Advanced raft trip is for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V white water that is fast, wild and non-stop! The names of the rapids such as “Guide Ejector”, “Hell’s Corner”, Double Knife” and “Terminator” give you a glimpse of what to expect. This is the most extreme, steep and technical stretch of Clear Creek that requires the ability to swim, strong physical conditioning and prior experience. For those up to the challenge, you will not be disappointed!

River Class Class IV-V

Requirements 16 years minimum age with prior rafting experience and ability to swim is required

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As one of the first outfitters to take guests paddling on Clear Creek, we have years of experience and have developed a special affection for this waterway’s narrow, technical nature. The Creek shoots out of the Colorado mountains high atop the Continental Divide and rushes toward Denver at a steady clip. It’s rafting in Colorado as you’d expect it…exhilarating and stunning at the same time.

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The closest white water rafting trips to Denver can be found on Clear Creek

Our most popular and exciting rafting trips are on Clear Creek, which is just a 35-minute drive from downtown Denver. The Colorado Adventure Center’s Idaho Springs Base Camp is located on the banks of the Upper Clear Creek intermediate section. Rafting trips near Denver are available for anyone and everyone, from beginner river floaters to intermediate river runners and beyond. Whether you’re traveling with young children or great-grandparents, rafting trips offered by the Colorado Adventure Center are appropriate for the whole family. Beginners and advanced paddlers can find the perfect trip on this section of white water just minutes from Denver.

The Colorado Adventure Center offers full day, half day, and happy hour adventure packages. If you don’t have a full day to play in the mountains, a half day or happy hour trip could be the perfect white water rafting adventure to fit into your Denver itinerary. The close proximity of the Colorado Adventure Center’s Base Camp to Denver allows you to enjoy the city and a white water rafting adventure in the same day!

Want to find out more information about our Denver rafting trips? Call 877-947-7238 to book your trip or learn more.

The best thing about running rivers in Colorado is the wide variety of difficulty levels you can choose from. White water rafting in Colorado has something for everyone from young children to experienced white water enthusiasts. When choosing a white water raft trip, you should always keep in mind the ability of every member of your group. It is a good idea to choose an adventure that is geared to the person with the lowest ability level. Remember, every river adventure is fun, even the most mellow experience. Rafting rivers is more than just wild white water and extreme excitement; it is the total experience that creates memories of a lifetime. A positive Colorado white water rafting experience can include white water excitement as well as wildlife, beautiful views, rich history told by knowledgeable guides and, most of all, enjoying a comfortable experience with friends and family. Keeping this in mind, it might be necessary to adjust your expectations to accommodate everyone’s comfort levels.

This will begin to help you choose the trip best suited to your group’s abilities.

Our staff has years of experience helping our guests select the very best adventures so please email us today at [email protected] or call us at 877-947-7238. Your Colorado adventure awaits and is closer than you think! 

Colorado Adventure Center offers white water rafting adventures for every experience level, from scenic float trips on which you get a chance to view wildlife or sit quietly listening to nature, to heart-stopping white water rapids with crashing waves and vigorous paddling. To enhance your rafting experience, why not get familiar with Clear Creek and the class of rapids you will be navigating. Here is a little history on Clear Creek and its different sections of white water.

Clear Creek is the 2nd most rafted river in Colorado, and for good reason. With more rapids per mile than any other river in Colorado, Clear Creek offers world class rafting conveniently located just 40 minutes from Downtown Denver. Clear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, approximately 66 miles long. The creek flows through Clear Creek Canyon in the Rocky Mountains, directly west of Denver, and descends through a long gorge where it emerges on the Colorado Eastern Plains and eventually joins the South Platte River. Clear Creek is unusual because it is actually a stream, but named a “creek” and is fed by stream called a “river” – the Fall River, which empties into Clear Creek along I-70 west of Idaho Springs.

Clear Creek is famous for its location as one of the most intense early gold mining hot spots during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859. Clear Creek also provided the route for the Colorado Central Railroad and later, U.S. Highway 6 and I-70.

The Clear Creek riverbed is composed of blasted river rock as a result of the gold mining industry. This is what creates the rumbling rapids through Clear Creek Canyon as water flows over river rock and makes for challenging raft trips as you navigate through these giant boulders and class II – IV rapids. Appropriately named by French hunters on the Stephen H. Long expedition as early as 1820, Clear Creek was originally called Cannonball Creek – after the oversized river rock. In the 1830s, Clear Creek became known as Vasquez Fork and later, Vasquez River, after fur trader Louis Vasquez who built his fort at the mouth of Clear Creek and trapped along it. Clear Creek officially gained its present name from the gold rushers in 1859.

Kayakers discovered Clear Creek in the 1950s, but were chase away with the construction of I-70. Then, in 1989, commercial rafting kicked off on Clear Creek and has since become one of Colorado’s most popular white water rafting and kayaking destinations.

Clear Creek has an average gradient of 67 feet per mile and over 100 feet per mile on its advanced sections – simply meaning more rapids per mile. Clear Creek is divided into different sections according to class of rapids from perfect beginner rapids to thrilling intermediate and heart-racing advanced sections. Here at Colorado Adventure Center’s Idaho Springs Base Camp, Clear Creek typically runs from Class II to Class IV rapids, providing fast-paced, exciting white water conveniently located along I-70. Colorado Adventure Center runs beginner rafting trips between Idaho Springs and Two Bears Tap and Grill (previously historic Kermits), and intermediate and advanced trips along the neighboring historic mining towns of Dumont and Lawson.

A little further up the the hill from Denver, the Upper Clear Creek runs Class IV and V rapids, offering exhilarating white water that is both fast-paced and challenging. For even more of a challenge, the Lower Clear Creek Canyon, close to Golden, houses Class IV and V rapids. This exciting section of white water provides a great side raft trip just outside the city.. While fun to watch, this section is advanced, steep, technical, and demanding white water, and not for the faint of heart!

Now that you’ve learned a little history about Clear Creek and the types of rapids you will be cruising on,  check out our raft trip pages  and book your raft trip today!

The thrills and excitement of white water rafting are located just minutes from Denver and the Front Range, and an easy drive from Winter Park, Summit County and the Vail Valley. Conveniently located in Idaho Springs, the Colorado Adventure Center has access to some of the best white water in the state on Clear Creek. Perfect for families wanting to get away from the city for the afternoon or visitors from out of state searching for an authentic Colorado experience. Regardless of your skill level, our team at the Colorado Adventure Center strives to provide a white water experience that is fun, safe, exciting, and creates memories lasting a lifetime.

The Colorado Adventure Center operates its Colorado white water rafting trips from our beautiful base camp facility easily accessed off I-70. Our selection of trips and times allows you to pick the very best options for your white water rafting adventure in Colorado. We tell you what to bring, when and where to meet us, then we provide everything you need including transport to and from the river. Don’t worry, we’ve perfected the logistics so you can focus on the adventure!

Our staff has years of experience helping our guests select the very best adventures so please email us today at [email protected] or call us at 720-807-3250. Your Colorado adventure awaits and is closer than you think! 

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Now that you’ve learned a little history about Clear Creek and the types of rapids you will be cruising on, check out our raft trip pages and book your raft trip today!

The weather in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is very unpredictable and varies from mile to mile and minute to minute. Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year. The odds are, the weather will be good. We run our  Colorado white water rafting trips in all weather conditions, rain or shine, and have gear available to help keep you comfortable, even in the worst conditions. Wetsuits, neoprene booties, and splash tops can really make a big difference and make your trip a pleasurable one. Don’t forget, you’re going to get wet rafting, even on the sunniest of days. Weather is not a cause for cancellation.

Nope! Except for advanced,  you can go white water rafting even if you can’t swim . Each person will be fitted with a Type-V Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (life jacket) to be worn while on the river at all times. This life jacket is designed to float the wearer on their back with their head out of the water. Guests are instructed on the proper use of this life jacket in a safety orientation talk before departure. It does help to have some knowledge of swimming, especially in some of the more aggressive sections.

We have a beautiful new basecamp facility and boathouse in Idaho Springs/Dumont right off of I-70 where we’ll meet, get you checked in, geared up, and introduce you to your guide. We provide location and directions in our reservation confirmation letter to you when you reserve your trip. Then, we take care of everything else, including transportation between the river and the basecamp. We are located at 2697 Stanley Road, Idaho Springs, CO 80452. You may call our office at 720-807-3250 for more specific directions to our basecamp.

All our guides go through extensive river training, basic first aid, CPR, and are certified by the state of Colorado. While anyone can fall out of the boat at any time, keep in mind that your chances of falling out of the raft do increase when rafting in a paddle boat and on more challenging sections of river. Rafting is an adventure sport and involves a degree of risk on the part of the participant. Although we take precautions to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip, we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged articles and/or personal injury. We require you to acknowledge these risks by reading and signing a liability release prior to departure. All children under the age of 18 must have signed release form from a parent or guardian. It is important for the group to choose a trip within their entire group’s limits. Read our Customer Responsibility Policy for more information. 

Altitude sickness can be a problem, especially for people coming to the mountains from sea level. To prevent altitude sickness, stay hydrated by drinking extra amounts of water, and stay away from alcohol and caffeine. Altitude sickness can be serious. You may experience an upset stomach, headaches, dizziness, or shortness of breath — please inform your guide so they are aware of your symptoms and can begin treatment as soon as possible.

Our guides make a base wage similar to a bartender or wait person. General guidelines for tipping would be the same as for a bartender or a waitperson (~20%). Please do not feel obligated to tip, but if you do believe in tipping, and the guide has proven to do a great job, it is a nice way to express your appreciation, but only if you feel you had a safe, fun, and informative experience. If you did not have a pleasurable and adequate experience, we would appreciate it if you would please bring it to the attention of our management. Feedback and letters from our guests are greatly appreciated and helps us maintain the highest standard of customer service and appreciation.

You are going to get wet, so it’s a good idea to be prepared. Avoid cotton clothing, as it tends to get wet and stay wet – not to mention taking valuable warmth from your body’s surface. Bathing suits and shorts are recommended. Your best bet is loose, woven materials such as wool, polypro, fleece, micro fleece, polyester, waterproof jackets, and any other outdoor material that dries fast. Staying dry, or at least drying off fast, is the key to staying warm. Towels don’t do you much good because there is no way to keep them dry. There is limited space on the rafts, so you should limit what you bring to what you can wear. We provide wetsuits and have booties and splash tops available for rent. This equipment is designed to keep you warm and comfortable. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) and helmets are included with all rafting adventures. On some Colorado white water rafting trips, wetsuits are recommended and on others, wetsuits are required. This is to help keep you warm, comfortable and protected on your white water rafting trip.

Bring a few towels to leave in your car; you’ll be happy to have something to dry off with after white water rafting. Bring a change of dry clothes to leave in your car; our basecamps offer changing rooms so you can be comfortable after your Colorado raft adventure. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, sunglass straps and hats that protect from the sun. If you forget, our basecamps offer these items in the retail areas where our white water rafting trips meet. Bring water for pre-rafting and post-rafting hydration. Remember, you’re in the Colorado Rockies, and it’s important to stay hydrated! We also suggest bringing cash to tip your guide. Check out our “ 10 Tips for White Water Rafting Beginners ” for more information!

This depends on what you’re interested in. If big, exciting water is what your group is looking for, then high-water season is the best time.  June is traditionally high-water season . When rivers run at their peak, it can make for a big ride. Keep in mind some sections may close due to high water conditions. Most people enjoy normal run off-season, which is mid-June to early August. The water stays consistent and the days tend to be sunny and warm with the occasional afternoon rain shower. Water levels and weather are very unpredictable, so book a date that best suits the group and be prepared for the unexpected.

We require full payment at the time of reservation and our cancellation policy differs, depending on whether or not you have purchased Worry-Free Cancellation plan . We highly recommend purchasing Worry-Free Cancellation plan , as it allows you the flexibility you many need. Please click here  to review our cancellation policy.

River and rapid classifications are another great way to determine the suitable age for a river trip  for your group. Remember that classification can change with weather and water conditions.

  • Beginner = first timers, young children
  • Intermediate = aggressive first timers, teens
  • Advanced = experienced paddlers looking for an adventure

This River Rapids Class Rating System is strictly a subjective scale. You can characterize a rapid by class or give a general class to a whole river even though it has several different classes of rapids within it. The class of a rapid or river can change at different water levels. The temperature of the water, the air temperature, the remoteness of the river, and the difficulty of a rescue can all influence the rapid’s class.

  • Class I – Easy. Small riffles. No significant waves or obstacles.
  • Class II – Novice. Moderate rapids with regular waves, small drops, clear passages and wide channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required.
  • Class III – Intermediate. Moderately difficult rapids with larger irregular waves, often narrow channels. Complex maneuvering to avoid obstacles required.
  • Class IV – Advanced. Intense, powerful rapids requiring precise maneuvering in fast, turbulent water. Complex channels with many significant obstacles to be avoided.
  • Class V – Expert. Extremely long violent or obstructed rapids, often following each other almost without interruption. Drops may have large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with difficult routes. Steep gradient.
  • Class VI – Unrunnable.

Classifications of river sections may change due to water levels. For information to help you choose a trip, or for any questions you might have please, call  1-720-807-3250  and our office personnel will be happy to assist you in putting together a river experience. Or,  send us a message .

Cold weather gear is recommended and may be mandatory for some river adventures. Cold weather gear is not only for your comfort but also for your safety. Because of cold water and rocky river bottoms, wetsuits, footwear, and splash tops make a big difference. If you don’t have your own equipment, don’t worry; cold weather gear is available at all basecamp locations for a small rental fee.

We do not charge taxes on our services because we are not required to by law. We are, however, required to pay numerous fees to many local, regional and state organizations, including but not limited to the City of Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS), Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Revenue and our property owner.

In addition to those fees, our booking software and credit card fees charge a large percentage of each transaction. When weather cancels events, we eat this cost. If weather is not the cancellation reason, however, we must charge the customer to recoup that cost.

In addition, we are a voluntary member of numerous local, state and national organizations that offer regulatory and strategic support to us as an outfitter. These membership costs are not included in our fees but they do provide additional layers of safety and professionalism that not all outfitters adhere to but we are committed to following. These include: Colorado River Outfitter’s Association (CROA), America Outdoors (AO), Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and more. 

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RAFTING NEAR DENVER, CO

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A once-in-a-lifetime Denver rafting adventure is just a short day trip away in the mountains. As one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, Denver is an ever-popular destination with tons to offer in the way of art and culture, music, nightlife, and shopping! However, a visit to Colorado wouldn’t be complete without whitewater rafting in Denver!

  • Family-friendly rafting and advanced rafting options available
  • First-class facilities and equipment for your safety and enjoyment
  • Home to the most popular stretch of white water rafting in Colorado, Browns Canyon!

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Make the Most of Your Summer Adventure

This summer, escape the hot house, get the kids off their phones, and head for Denver. Rather than watching TV during the warm months, you can live it up and make memories as a family. Whitewater rafting will provide you with opportunities to bond and discover a new hobby to do together. There are plenty of rafting options that are safe and economical for families of all ages and sizes.

At American Adventure Expeditions, we offer a variety of whitewater rafting trips ranging from Class I floats for beginners to Class V adventures for experts in a beautiful riverside location. Our packages come with supplementary zip lining, ATVing, and horseback trail riding opportunities. Head out of the city this weekend for the best rafting around and an experience you won’t soon forget!

Our team will give you and your group the best and safest river trip available in Colorado. We employ only the most knowledgeable guides and the most reliable equipment. This way, you’ll be able to focus on what’s most important: having fun! Our calm tour guides will instruct you thoroughly before and during your trip so that you know what to do at all times.

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Summer Is Sweeter With American Adventure Expeditions

American Adventure Expeditions has been leading river tours through the wildest segments of Colorado rivers for years. We’ve spent considerable time rafting down our routes and can ensure a safe and memorable experience each time. We stand out from our competitors in the way of friendly assistance, familiarity with the water, knowledgable river commentary, and reliable instruction, so we’re sure that you and your group will come back to us each time you take a trip here. And with our huge array of packages, you will find the tour you want within your budget.

Why Go Rafting in Denver?

Denver is ideally located just 30 minutes away from your picture-perfect outdoor weekend adventure. Visitors can spend a day splashing through roaring rapids and still have time to return to Denver and relax, go brewery hopping, hit the spa, experience famous food halls, and soak up other aspects of city life — all in the same day.

Some of the most popular stretches of river are located a mere 30 miles from Denver. As you drive, you’ll love watching the cityscape of the metropolis transition into towering trees and majestic meadows. Rafting in Denver will take you through idyllic and picturesque canyons, past fascinating abandoned gold mines, and awesome wildlife in its natural habitat.

The Season for Rafting in Denver

Whitewater enthusiasts can bust out their paddles as soon as late April. American Adventure Expeditions starts guiding tours around that time. The season extends into late August. However, rafting season could start or end later depending on the snowmelt from winter. You can give us a call to quickly find out the approximate beginning and end of the season this year.

Fortunately, 2019 is looking like a fantastic season for adventurous rafting. We’re experiencing some of the best winter runoff water we’ve had in years, so you can count on this year’s rapids to give you the most excitement for your money!

Things to Bring on Your Rafting Trip

While whitewater rafting, you will get wet. Dress accordingly in quick-drying clothes or wear a swimming suit and bring a change of clothes and a towel for afterward. Avoid cotton clothing, as it’s the slowest to dry, and never wear flip flops (they’re too easy to lose in the river). Wear sunscreen and bring a hat and water bottle to avoid heat exhaustion while on the water; it will get hot! Sunglasses are also a good idea — just make sure they have a strap so you don’t lose them. If you bring loose items or valuables that you don’t want to bring on the raft, we provide lockers for your wallets, car keys, cell phones, and other such items.

Whitewater Rafting Near Denver

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Clear Creek is one of the most popular destinations for rafting in Denver. It’s a short 30- to 45-minute drive west from the city and has more concentrated rapids than any other nearby river in the region. The stretch is about 66 miles and extends right through the Rocky Mountain range.

Cache la Poudre River (1.5 Hours From Denver)

Poudre River is a 1.5-hour trip from Denver and offers Class III and Class IV whitewater. This wild and scenic river trip promises breathtaking wildlife and wilderness as well as convenient access to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, and Fort Collins. It takes approximately half a day to complete.

Blue River (1.5 Hours From Denver)

Blue River is perfect for families with young children and beginner rafters wanting to try a new hobby. Depending on the water level, you can spend a couple of hours floating alongside the Rocky Mountains or experience Class III rapids along the Gorge Range.

Colorado River (2 Hours From Denver)

The Colorado River, the river named after our colorful state, offers areas for both gentle cruises and rough-’n-tough rapids. We recommend that those facing the turbulent rapids be at least 15 years of age, as these are some of the wildest in North America! The calm waters, however, are suitable for those as young as 2 years old.

Arkansas River (2 Hours From Denver)

Travel just 2 hours from Denver and take a tour through the incredible and majestic Browns Canyon National Monument via the Arkansas River. You’ll be ripped through Class III to Class IV rapids and even up to Class V — if you dare. The Arkansas Valley has something to offer people of all skill levels.

Non-Rafting Adventures in Denver

If you aren’t in Denver for the river rafting scene (or if you’re looking for post-river activities after a day of rafting), the Mile High City has plenty of other things to do. It is a bustling hub for socialites, sightseers, adventure lovers, and families. It offers a host of all-season activities with opportunities for romance, adventure, and relaxation. In Denver, you can:

  • Explore the world-class street art
  • Visit The Buckhorn Exchange — Denver’s oldest steakhouse
  • Take a stroll through vintage thrift stores and antique shops
  • Browse Denver-based bookshops
  • Enjoy music in the park
  • Take a tour of the Coors Brewery
  • Pop into the Denver Botanical Gardens
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Denver Aquarium
  • Head out to a Rockies baseball game
  • Experience the Denver Art Museum or the Clyfford Still Museum
  • Hike through Roxborough State Park
  • Check out Indian Hot Springs
  • Watch a show at Red Rocks
  • Sample Denver’s most popular Mexican dishes

Denver Accommodations

Need a place to stay during the course of your rafting trip in Denver? Consider immersing yourself in nature and set up a campsite in the mountains. If you’d like a more luxurious place to rest up for your next river trip, find lodging at the Brown Palace Hotel in the heart of Denver. There are plenty of local Airbnbs and luxury cabins in the area for you to choose from. For further recommendations, give us a quick call.

The Fabulous City Eateries

You’re sure to be famished after a thrill-filled afternoon of rafting in Denver. If “roughing it” isn’t your style, the city has some delectable fine dining and fast food options for you to discover. From Italian cuisine to gourmet hot dogs, there’s something to please every palate. Some of the local favorites include:

  • Marco’s Coal Fired Pizzeria
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs
  • Ocean Prime

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rafting

Is whitewater rafting safe?

When you follow the instructions provided by your river guide, you have the best chance of staying safe on the water. Even if you don’t know how to swim, you will be provided with a life jacket to keep you above water if you fall out of the raft.

How do I choose which trip I take?

As you consider options for your rafting trip, make sure to pick something that suits the physical ability level of all members in the group. Those with physical limitations are taking a greater risk on the rapids.

Am I supposed to tip my river guide?

River guides carry the hefty responsibility of keeping customers safe and ensuring an enjoyable experience. If you felt that your river guide did a great job in safety instruction and engaging the whole group, tips are appropriate and encouraged.

Adventure Awaits You in Denver

As you plan your river trip to Denver, remember to consult American Expedition Adventures for all things whitewater rafting. We can help you put together the perfect rafting getaway for you and your group based on your goals and your taste for adventure. Give us a call today to find out more about the packages we offer and book your vacation.

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Providing white water rafting on two of colorado’s most popular rivers for over 25 years.

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Clear Creek Rafting Company offers daily Colorado raft trips on Clear Creek from mid-May through the 2nd or 3rd week in August depending on water conditions and through Labor Day on the Arkansas River . In addition to our more adventurous sections, we offer trips perfect for beginners and families with young children. Clear Creek Rafting Company guides rafting trips on two of Colorado’s most popular rivers— Clear Creek  just west of Denver and the Arkansas River  at the Royal Gorge near Colorado Springs.

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 photo package, take home digital photos of your rafting adventure at no additional cost,  use of a wetsuit, stay warmer with complementary use of a wetsuit and splash jacket..

Clear Creek offers some of Colorado’s most thrilling whitewater rafting. The whitewater professionals at Clear Creek Rafting Company will help all rafters from experienced paddlers to first time beginners find a stretch of Clear Creek suitable for your desired adventure level. With trips ranging from Class II to Class V, Clear Creek Rafting Company will help make a Colorado whitewater rafting trip the adventure highlight of your Colorado raftng vacation!  Whitewater rafting getaways and family rafting adventures on Clear Creek are our specialty.

Clear Creek is nestled in a historic mining valley where beautiful Colorado scenery complements your exciting whitewater adventure. On our more difficult trips the rapids come one right after another, but if you look carefully, you may spot muskrat, beaver, deer, bighorn sheep, or even an occasional bear or mountain lion! We are conveniently located near Denver and Breckenridge,

Clear Creek Rafting Company also offers daily guided rafting trips on the wild and scenic Arkansas River . Anyone traveling through the Royal Gorge region can sign up for a raft trip through the family friendly Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Browns Canyon National Monument or tackle the challenging Royal Gorge more than 1,200 feet below the canyon rim.

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A Wanderlust Adventure

Estes park rafting & fort collins rafting on the poudre river.

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Denver Whitewater Rafting on the Poudre River

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The scenery is amazing but the World Class Rapids of the Poudre River will be what you really remember! Unlike other pool and drop rivers in the state, the Poudre River erupts with almost continuous Class III and IV technical whitewater. The Poudre also offers milder sections of whitewater great for families and first time rafters. Raft during May 15 – June 15th to experience the high water and thrill of this unique river and beautiful lush canyon. Experience a different river this summer. Raft the Poudre River with A Wanderlust Adventure. For those of you on vacation in Colorado we highly recommend visiting Denver before or after a rafting trip with our company.

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Rafting Near Denver

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Denver is the perfect place for a vacation, with a lively city atmosphere close to the Rocky Mountains. You can enjoy the perks of city life, with over 60 craft breweries and countless trendy food halls. Then jump in your car, drive 30 minutes west, and enjoy a wilderness adventure.

If you’re looking for white water rafting near Denver , you’ll find no shortage of options. Are you a thrill seeker and trying to pack in as much as you can in short weekend getaway? Upper Clear Creek has the perfect rapids for you and is just 30 minutes away. Or are you looking for a truly world-class raft trip through the depths of a 1,000 foot gorge? Make the drive to the Royal Gorge where you’ll float a pristine river and enjoy majestic scenery in every direction. You may even get lucky and spot a Bighorn Sheep!

What Makes Denver White Water Rafting Special?

Whether you’re a first timer or an adventurous soul hooked on the rush of the river, we’ll help you find the perfect Denver white water rafting trip for you. Are you looking for peaceful bonding time with your family? A trip that you and your friends will never forget? A challenge that will get you closer to expert status? Just a short drive from downtown, you can find the Denver rafting trip of your dreams .

After your Denver white water rafting trip, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the city. Denver has delicious food, world class microbreweries, and amazing spas. What more could you ask for?

Denver White Water Rafting Trips

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Clear Creek Beginner 1/3 Day Raft Trip

Clear Creek’s Gold Rush section is a beginner raft trip  located not far from Denver. Available as a one third day trip. Clicking ‘BOOK NOW’ will direct you to Arkansas Valley Adventure’s booking site. Trip Price: $64 – $79 per adult  |  $59 – $74 per child

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Royal Gorge Rafting Trip

Experience thrilling class III to V rapids deep in the heart of the Royal Gorge. Located a couple hours from Denver, this trip is available as a half-day or full-day raft trip. Half-Day Trip Price: $129 per person

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Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

Experience classic Colorado scenery and invigorating rapids in Browns Canyon. Located near Buena Vista, a couple hours from Denver, the trip is available as a half-day or full-day trip. Half-Day Trip Price: $94

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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Trip

Blend miles of scenic beauty with class II to IV rapids. Located about two hours from Denver, this trip is offered as a half-day or full-day trip. Half-Day Trip Price: $119 per person

Must Do’s in Denver

After the rapids have taken you for a spin, it’s time to head back to the city. You may find exploring Denver almost as exciting as rafting down the river! Don’t miss out on these Denver attractions:

  • 16th Street Mall
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Molly Brown House Museum
  • Denver Aquarium
  • Brown Palace
  • Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
  • Stranahan’s Colorado Whisky Tour
  • Union Station

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Whether you are looking to rough it or to relax in the lap of luxury, Denver has you covered. You can connect with nature and camp in the mountains near Idaho Springs, or stay in the heart of the city at the historic Brown Palace Hotel. You can find countless options on Airbnb as well, where you can live like a true local.

If you choose to explore the Royal Gorge, spoil yourself and stay in one of our luxury cabins . Here you will enjoy the benefits of a resort alongside the captivating beauty of nature. Our cabins all include the following:

  • Indoor and outdoor fireplace
  • Plush king bed
  • In-cabin kitchen
  • Spa-style bathroom
  • Speedy WiFi
  • Cable and flat screen TVs
  • Private Patio

Looking for something a bit simpler but still luxurious? We offer glamping tents for two, perfect for a romantic getaway.

If you need help finding the best place to stay in Denver, we can offer you additional hotel recommendations.

After an exciting day of rafting near Denver, you’ll want to relax with a nice meal and maybe a tall cold one.

Here are some of the most unique and talked-about eateries around the city:

  • Snooze (perfect for breakfast)
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • Ocean Prime
  • Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
  • Marco’s Coal Fired Pizzeria
  • Denver Biscuit Company
  • Union Station Market
  • The Source in RiNo

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Craft Your Perfect Denver White Water Rafting Adventure

Are you ready to pack your bags and head to Denver? We’re here to help put together your dream Denver rafting vacation . With single and multi-day trips available, white water rafting near Denver has never been easier. We will help you and your family create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Whitewater Rafting Denver Colorado | Geo Tours Guided River Rafting Trip

Denver’s Best Choice for Whitewater Rafting Trips in Colorado

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PLANNING YOUR RAFTING ADVENTURE FOR 2024? We are now accepting reservations. Rafting season typically begins in mid-May and runs to Labor Day. Part-day trips, Full-day trips and Multi-day trips.

Offering great value / competitive pricing, (303) 756-6070.

Clear Creek

Clear Creek

(Class III to IV+) is located near Idaho Springs, Colorado, minutes from Geo’s Morrison base, Clear Creek is the closest “true” whitewater rafting to Denver. Half-day morning or afternoon rafting runs available.

The Arkansas River

The Arkansas River

(Class III to IV) – Geo Tours has been running raft trips on the Arkansas River since the early 1980’s and maintains an excellent safety record. All raft trips launch in or near Buena Vista, Colorado.

The Upper Colorado

The Upper Colorado

(Class I to III) boasts picturesque canyons and valleys, easily accessible from Denver because we do the driving! We offer 1-Day, Overnight, 2-Day, 3-Day, and 4-Day rafting expeditions for all ages.

Part-Day, All-Day, Multi-Day

Geo Tours offers whitewater raft trips on three of Colorado’s favorite rivers and every level of FUN from leisurely float trips to heart-pounding whitewater. Part-day & All-day trips on Clear Creek are easy to access from Geo Tours’ base in Morrison and Transport from base to Clear Creek is FREE .   All-day & Multi-day trips on the Upper Colorado and Arkansas rivers require a bit more travel but let you immerse yourself in a true Colorado experience. Depending on how much time you have, we’ve got the trip you are looking for.

40+ Years Outfitting Experience

Geo Tours Denver has been putting the FUN in rafting adventures, under the same management, since 1981.  We are a small, locally owned white water  rafting company and that’s just the way we like it! Our size allows us to provide you with a personalized whitewater rafting experience. Geo only uses state of the art equipment and places a highest priority on customer safety. We are not just thrill seekers, but fun-seekers with an eye always on safety.

Based in Denver Metro

Geo Tours is headquartered, just 20 minutes from Downtown Denver, in the small town of Morrison, Colorado. Morrison is easy to get to from anywhere in the Denver Metro Area. Morrison is located 3.3 miles south of Interstate 70 at Exit 259 or just west of C-470 at the Morrison Road Exit. Meet us in Morrison or at the river put-in. We provide FREE transportation from our base to Clear Creek. In addition,   Geo Tours can arrange transportation for those wishing to m eet up in the Metro Denver Area. Give us a call and let’s work out the details for your Colorado white water rafting trip.

PLANNING YOUR 2024 RAFTING ADVENTURE? WE CAN HELP! Contact us at [email protected] OR PHONE 303-756-6070 for details.

  GEO has a variety of raft trips for all levels and capabilities on three rivers in Colorado. Part-day trips on Clear Creek are our most popular and Clear Creek is closest to Denver. Full-day and Multi-day trips on either the Arkansas River or the Upper Colorado River let you immerse yourself in a Colorado rafting adventure. A typical rafting season is  from mid-May until Labor Day in early September.

We have a wealth of information about our raft trips online at www.georafting.com   and feel free to contact us with any questions you might have,  You can  contact Geo at 303-756-6070 or at [email protected]

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Your choice of adventures include Paddle Raft, where you help control your raft and assist the guide, or you can sit back in an Oar Raft and enjoy the rapids while your guide does most of the work. Inflatable Kayaks are also available on some stretches. Certain options may be unavailable on specific trips or in times of high water conditions.

Call us today @ 800-660-7238 to book your whitewater rafting trip. Our staff will guide you through all the things you need to help you get the most out of your rafting trip.

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Half Day Rafting Trip by Whitewater Rafting, LLC

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Experience the thrill of Glenwood Springs rafting on the Colorado River! This half-day trip takes you through the Shoshone Rapids, including Baptism, Tuttle’s Tumble, Tombstone, The Wall, and Maneater. Marvel at the stunning beauty of Glenwood Canyon as you navigate the rapids. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

  • 3 hour trip
  • Glenwood Springs, CO (about 2.5 hours from Denver)
“We had an absolute blast during our half day trip. Beautiful scenery, great equipment, and amazing staff. Nate, our rafting guide, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and ensured everyone’s safety. Highly recommended and we will definitely go back to Whitewater Rafting, LLC!” – Liz Holthaus

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Full Day Rafting Trip by Whitewater Rafting, LLC

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Embark on an exhilarating Glenwood Springs rafting adventure with this Full Day Rafting Trip! Experience the thrill of the Shoshone Rapids and double the excitement as we cover more miles on the river. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and exploring with tag-a-long kayaks. And don’t forget, a delicious hot picnic lunch is included!

  • 6 hour trip
“My husband and took I went on a full day trip. We had such an AMAZING time. Our guide Moss he was so polite, knowledgeable and just overall pleasant. As well as all the other guides that went out with us. The experience was great. Can’t wait to do again. And the lunch was even yummy. Thank you all!” – Marlene Rodriguez

Short & Mild Rafting Trip

Short & Mild Rafting Trip by Whitewater Rafting, LLC

Experience the perfect Glenwood Springs rafting adventure with a Short & Mild Rafting Trip. They offer a mellow tour on the Colorado River, suitable for young families. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and gentle Class II rapids while their experienced guides ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Ideal for those seeking a scenic float without getting soaked!

  • 2 hour trip
“We had the most amazing trip with our guide Larry! We did the Short & Mild rafting trip which was perfect with our 3 kids (2 years, 5 years, 13 years). Larry was awesome in how much he could tell us about the area and wildlife, plus he really let our kids get the most out of the float as possible! Everyone here was so friendly as well. I would highly recommend booking a trip with them! We would definitely use them again.” – Travis Hyden

Browns Canyon Classic Tour

Browns Canyon Half Day by American Adventure Expeditions

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Embark on the ultimate Buena Vista rafting adventure with the Browns Canyon Half Day trip. They offer Colorado’s #1 rafting experience through stunning scenery and exhilarating whitewater. Navigate famous rapids like Zoom Flume, Big Drop, and the Toilet Bowl while enjoying the breathtaking views. With their free wetsuit package, stay warm and comfortable throughout the journey. Get ready for an unforgettable river adventure!

  • 3 hour tour
  • From $89.95
  • Buena Vista, CO (about 2.5 hours from Denver)
“We did the 1/2 day Browns Canyon followed by the 1/2 day Numbers trip. My daughter and I had a great time! All the guides were very knowledgeable and engaging. I think we had our guide a little concerned that we could pull off the Numbers without going upside down. But with his coaching and guidance we did fantastic and are ready to go back next year when the river is running even stronger.” – Keith Fry

The Numbers Classic Rafting Tour

The Numbers Half Day by American Adventure Expeditions

Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping adventure with The Numbers Half Day rafting experience at Buena Vista Rafting Outpost. They offer relentless drops and continuous whitewater through the stunning high alpine setting. Prepare for a challenging and thrilling ride as you navigate this narrow, rocky, and technical section. With their free wetsuit package, stay warm and protected throughout the journey. It’s time to conquer The Numbers!

  • From $99.95
“We had a great time running both Browns Canyons and Numbers today. Numbers was my favorite – a little more action and fun. Our raft guide, Luke, was awesome. Super pro and very personable. I would highly recommend this outfit!” – Blake Howard

Family Float

Family Float by American Adventure Expeditions

It’s time for a memorable Buena Vista rafting adventure with the Family Float. They offer a gentle rafting journey through Class I & II whitewater, perfect for beginners and families with small children. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Arkansas River as you leisurely float along, creating lasting memories in the midst of nature’s beauty. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit, quick-drying clothes, and a sense of adventure!

  • 2 hour tour
  • From $59.95
“We had a great time on the family float! Check in was fast and friendly, and our guide Craig was wonderful! He was enthusiastic and engaging, even letting our 5-year-old call the shots a little 🙂 perfect trip for our little guy’s first venture on the Arkansas!” – Amy Dobson

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Thrilling White Water Rafting Near Denver – Experience the Rush!

Welcome to the heart-pounding world of white water rafting near Denver! If you’re seeking an action-packed adventure that will leave you breathless and exhilarated, you’ve come to the right place. Get ready to experience the rush of conquering rapids, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

These Colorado companies offer an unforgettable white water rafting experience that will satisfy even the most thrill-seeking adventurers. With expert guides, top-notch equipment, and stunning river routes, you’re in for a wild ride like no other.

The Thrill of the Rapids

Hold on tight as you navigate through the legendary rapids of the Colorado River. Brace yourself for the heart-stopping Class III-IV rapids, including Baptism, Tuttle’s Tumble, Tombstone, The Wall, and Maneater. Feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you conquer each roaring wave. Are you ready for the challenge?

Breathtaking Scenery

Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding landscapes. As you journey down the river, marvel at the towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and lush greenery of the Colorado wilderness. Every twist and turn reveals a new natural masterpiece, creating a truly immersive experience.

Expert Guides

These experienced guides are not only skilled navigators but also passionate storytellers. They’ll lead you through the rapids with precision and ensure your safety every step of the way. Listen to their fascinating tales about the history of the area and the Colorado River, adding an educational element to your adventure. Get ready to learn, laugh, and make memories with your expert team.

  • Swimwear or quick-dry clothing
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
  • Secure footwear (water shoes or sandals with straps)
  • Waterproof camera (optional)
  • Sense of adventure!
  • Is rafting suitable for beginners? Absolutely! There are trips for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced rafters. Guides will provide thorough safety instructions and make sure you feel comfortable before setting off on your rafting adventure.
  • Can I participate if I can’t swim? While basic swimming skills are recommended, wearing a life jacket is mandatory for all participants. Guides are trained in water safety and will ensure your well-being throughout the trip.
  • Is rafting safe? Safety is the top priority. Guides are highly trained professionals who follow strict safety protocols. They provide all necessary safety equipment and conduct thorough safety briefings before each trip.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the thrill of white water rafting near Denver. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through roaring rapids, surrounded by breathtaking scenery . Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, expert guides and top-notch equipment will ensure an exhilarating and safe journey. Book your trip today and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!

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Rocky mountain rafting adventures, clear creek - beginner.

  • Family Friendly Rafting Ages 5+
  • 8:15 am, 11:30 am & 2:45 pm
  • $71 / person

CLEAR CREEK - INT

  • Class IV Fun Ages 14+
  • 8:15 am, 12 pm & 3:15 pm
  • $81 / person

CLEAR CREEK - ADVANCED

  • Class IV - V Action Packed Ages 16+
  • 8 am, 11 am & 2:15 pm
  • $105 / person

BROWNS CANYON - HALF DAY

  • Buena Vista, CO
  • Class III, Beg-Int Ages 6 +
  • 9 am & 1:30 pm
  • $96 / person

THE NUMBERS - HALF DAY

  • Class IV, Intermediate Ages 14+
  • 10:00 am & 12:45 pm

PINE CREEK - FULL DAY

  • Class V, Advanced - Expert Ages 16+
  • $199 / person

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8 of the Best Rafting Trips Near Denver

Yampa River rafting in northeastern Colorado | Photo: Taylor Miller

The Top Colorado Rafting Trips from the Front Range

With 158 named rivers, over 100,000 river miles, and ecosystems ranging from high alpine to pine forest to sandy desert, Colorado has a lot to offer rafters. Whether you’re looking for a mellow, family-friendly float or an adrenaline-filled whitewater adventure, you don’t have to go far to access the fun—some of Colorado’s best rafting trips are within just a few hours of Denver. Whatever kind of rafting floats your boat, the Centennial State offers access to a stretch of river to match it. 

Multi-Day Rafting Trips in Colorado

1) Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument

Nearest Town: Elk Springs, CO 

Best For: Famous rapids, spectacular campsites 

The Yampa River has the distinction of being the largest free-flowing (undammed) tributary of the Colorado, making it perhaps the closest one can get to time-traveling to the era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. This trip combines stretches of relaxing flatwater with splashy wave trains and rapids—all of which can be easily scouted—and one trickster, the deceptively cozy-sounding Warm Springs, which is among the biggest whitewater drops in the U.S. The rapid didn’t exist until heavy flooding in 1965 distributed giant boulders across the river, so nature’s power is on full display here. The area’s human history leaves a lasting impression, too: OARS founder George Wendt witnessed (and managed to survive) the formation of the Warm Springs rapid, making for one epic adventure. There’s also older history in the canyon, from outlaws’ cabins to evidence of indigenous inhabitants to fossilized remains from millions of years ago. Below its confluence with the Green River, this trip shares the 26-mile stretch from Echo Park to Split Mountain with the Gates of Lodore run. 

Green River through Gates of Lodore rafting.

2) Gates of Lodore | Green River 

Nearest Town: Vernal, UT*

Best For: Extended wilderness experience; phenomenal scenery & side hikes

There’s nothing quite like waking up to the songs of canyon wren and sipping coffee as the sun begins to warm the soaring canyon walls. And on the Gates of Lodore stretch of the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument, that’s pretty much what’s on your docket—well, that and a few exciting rapids made famous by Major John Wesley Powell’s disastrous experience on his 1869 expedition. You’ll want to stretch the run out over as many days as possible to take full advantage of the ridiculously scenic campsites (often with access to side-canyon hikes), cattle-rustler camps, and even the occasional petroglyph or fossil. To minimize impact (and keep the canyons feeling like a wilderness experience), just 300 permits are issued for both the Green and Yampa runs through Dinosaur for launch dates between May 8 and September 8—so make friends with someone who’s feeling lucky, or sign on for a commercial trip and leave the permitting to the pros. 

*While Vernal is the nearest actual town, this trip starts across the border in a remote area of western Colorado.

Rafting in Westwater Canyon under blue skies and white clouds

3) Ruby Horsethief & Westwater Canyon | Colorado River

Nearest Town: Fruita, CO

Ruby Horsethief and Westwater are often run together as part of a longer trip , but make no mistake—these runs each have their own distinct flavor. 

Best For: Family-friendly float 

Ruby Horsethief is largely flatwater, except at very high water, when big hydraulics form in the Black Rocks area. The float encompasses two canyons; Ruby is named for its red walls, while Horsethief earned its name on account of a former resident who reportedly purchased stolen horses in the safety of the remote canyon. When water levels are chugging along, the run can be done in a day, but it’s more fun to take the scenic route and make a long weekend of it. Camping is by permit at designated campsites only; there are 33 spacious sites between the put-in at Loma and the take-out at Westwater. This trip is ideal for families—it’s mellow enough that it’s often run on stand-up paddleboards, and many campsites offer extra perks like hiking from the Mee Canyon sites or rock-hopping at Black Rocks. The Utah-Colorado border is marked on a cliff on river right near the end of the run; it’s way more fun to enter a new state on the river than in a car. 

Best For: Challenging whitewater in a remote setting 

Westwater , which begins at the take-out for the Ruby Horsethief run, is a whole different beast. Its 11 named rapids vary from Class II to IV. The stretch offers unique challenges at any water level, and while it’s best run during the warmest time of the year (April to June, typically), the ancient Vishnu schist—only seen above ground here, in the Black Rocks section of Ruby Horsethief, and many miles downstream in the Grand Canyon—provides a shady respite from the heat. 

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A group of paddlers navigate rapids on a Browns Canyon rafting trip in Colorado.

4) Browns Canyon | Arkansas River

Nearest Town: Buena Vista, CO

Best For: Quintessential Colorado rafting experience; shortest drive from Denver area 

Designated a national monument in 2015, breathtaking Browns Canyon stretches between Buena Vista (pronounce it BYOO-na VIST-a to sound like a local) and Salida—and it’s widely considered the best Class III run in the state. Rapid names like Pinball and Zoom Flume sum it up nicely: this is an exceptionally fun, family-friendly run. Its relatively high altitude (ranging from 7,300 to about 10,000 feet above sea level) and towering granite walls mean it’s home to wildlife unique to the mountain ecosystem; keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, bobcats, and pine marten. Browns itself makes for a perfect half-day trip, and the national monument designation means the stretch of Arkansas River through the canyon is quiet and roadless; the only sign of modern times is the railroad running along river left. 

5) Royal Gorge | Arkansas River

Nearest Town: Cañon City, CO

Best For: Big water in a classic setting

For a thrilling introduction to Arkansas River paddling, look no further than the Royal Gorge, considered one of the finest whitewater runs in North America. It’s hard to believe something this close to the bustling city of Colorado Springs could feel so remote, but Class IV and V rapids have a way of taking center stage—and the plunging 1,200-foot walls, which occasionally narrow to less than 30 feet apart, don’t hurt, either. Elk and bighorn sheep are often spotted from the river; bald eagles occasionally soar overhead, along with the iconic Royal Gorge Bridge, which spans the canyon a dizzying 956 feet above the riverbed. For those who want to skip the biggest water, a half-day run through Bighorn Sheep Canyon (just upstream) means splashy Class III rapids and plenty of gorgeous scenery.

Colorado rafting day trip on the Arkansas River.

6) Pumphouse to State Bridge | Upper Colorado River

Nearest Town: Kremmling, CO

Best For: Easy logistics; a little something for everyone in your group

With abundant wildlife, soaring Rocky Mountain views, an easy-to-access hot spring, and a smattering of Class II and III rapids, “the Upper C,” as it’s affectionately known, has a lot to offer. Access the put-in for the run at Pumphouse, where there’s a developed campground. This also happens to be the take-out for Gore Canyon, one of the rowdiest continuous stretches of Class IV and V whitewater in the west—but from here to State Bridge, it’s smooth sailing. Shortly after getting on the water, you’ll enter a deep canyon, followed by one of just two significant rapids on this run, Eye of the Needle (at most water levels, it’s much more forgiving than its name implies). Stretches of flatwater make for great swimming on a hot day, and don’t miss Radium Hot Springs, an unmaintained pool about three miles downstream from Pumphouse on river left, which gives a perfect view of a popular cliff-jumping spot across the river. 

7) Canyon Run | Clear Creek

Nearest Town: Idaho Springs, CO

Best For: Rowdy rapids less than an hour from Denver

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Clear Creek is by no means a wilderness experience. The upper runs, starting in Lawson, parallel Interstate 70; the “Canyon Run” or “Kermits,” as the most advanced section is often called, is never more than a stone’s throw from US Highway 6. But if it’s adrenaline-pumping whitewater and a classic “creeking” experience you’re after, this is it—and the roar of the rapids drowns out most of the traffic sounds, anyway. Known for its swift current, hyper-technical rapids, and incredibly narrow channels, this section of the Creek has nonstop action; it’s one Class IV rapid (often with sinister-sounding names, like Double Knife and Hell’s Half-Mile) after another for most of the six-ish-mile run. The upside of the frontcountry setting is that it’s incredibly convenient to get to the put-in or shop in Idaho Springs—just don’t let the proximity to the road trick you into thinking you’re not in for an adventure.

A group of rafters on the Cache La Poudre River near Denver.

8) Cache La Poudre River

Nearest Town: Fort Collins, CO

Best For: Wild, scenic, and super convenient

Colorado’s only nationally designated Wild & Scenic River is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Fort Collins, a quirky college town just north of Denver. The Cache La Poudre (locals pronounce it “CASH-ay la POOD-er”), often just called the Poudre, boasts rapids ranging from mellow class II to thrilling Class IV+, depending on the season. Swift, clear current, narrow channels, and far fewer boaters than many Colorado rivers make this feel like a wilderness experience, and the lush ponderosa forest—a far cry from the desert landscape you’ll find in the western part of the state—feels very classically Colorado. For a rowdy run, sign on for a Mishawaka trip; for a quieter experience, the Lower Canyon is where it’s at. 

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ABOUT OUR WHITE WATER RAFTING TOURS

Experience whitewater rafting through the Rocky Mountains and you will surely come back for more! You will raft through a beautiful canyon, past a gold mine, and view the occasional wildlife. Rafting trips at all levels are available from beginner family trips to advanced trips for experienced rafters. We will handle all the logistics and gear. All you need to do is enjoy the ride!

We offer rafting adventures at 2 different locations. Raft through the stunning Royal Gorge Canyon or stay closer to Denver and raft one of the fastest rivers in the country. Ask us about adding a gold mine tour to your rafting trip. Both are located in the same place!

  • Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Rafting tour
  • Use of all rafting gear (wet suit, helmet, raft, etc.)
  • Door-to-door transportation included in some packages(see below)
  • Small snack, water, and Gatorade included in some packages(see below)
  • Digital link to professional pictures of your raft
  • Expert guidance
  • $10/pp discount on your next trip with Denver Adventures
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BEGINNER HALF-DAY RAFTING w/pick-up

Enjoy an alpine setting on this light adventure as you ride the waves in the Wild Wild West. Float past an historic waterwheel, drop over Castle Falls, paddle though Mountain Lion, then hold on tight for Mr. Twister. For younger people and inexperienced paddlers, this section serves up 11 fun-filled rapids as the perfect introduction to whitewater! (if you have your own transportation/vehicle, please see below) Half-day all-inclusive rafting adventure in the Rocky Mountains only 30 minutes from Denver! MUST BE 7 YEARS OLD and weight at least 50lbs. No experience needed. Group discounts available! NOTE: Our most popular “COMBO ADVENTURE” is rafting and ziplining!

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INTERMEDIATE HALF-DAY RAFTING w/pick-up

Hold onto that paddle and get ready to get wet! This exciting stretch of the river is Clear Creek’s most popular trip! Continuous class III and IV rapids will thrill guests throughout the run. Surge over Nomad, power through the Phoenix Holes and take on the class IV climax, the Outer Limits. Good physical condition and the ability to swim are recommended. (if you have your own transportation/vehicle, please see below) Half-day all-inclusive rafting adventure in the Rocky Mountains only 30 minutes from Denver! MUST BE 14 YEARS OLD. No experience needed. Group discounts available! NOTE: Our most popular “COMBO ADVENTURE” is rafting and ziplining!

BEGINNER HALF-DAY RAFTING - no pick-up

Enjoy an alpine setting on this light adventure as you ride the waves in the Wild Wild West. Float past an historic waterwheel, drop over Castle Falls, paddle though Mountain Lion, then hold on tight for Mr. Twister. For younger people and inexperienced paddlers, this section serves up 11 fun-filled rapids as the perfect introduction to whitewater! (this tour DOES NOT include shuttle service; if you need transportation, please see above) Half-day all-inclusive rafting adventure in the Rocky Mountains only 30 minutes from Denver! MUST BE 7 YEARS OLD and weight at least 50lbs. No experience needed. Group discounts available! NOTE: Our most popular “COMBO ADVENTURE” is rafting and ziplining!

INTERMEDIATE HALF-DAY RAFTING - no pick-up

Hold onto that paddle and get ready to get wet! This exciting stretch of the river is Clear Creek’s most popular trip! Continuous class III and IV rapids will thrill guests throughout the run. Surge over Nomad, power through the Phoenix Holes and take on the class IV climax, the Outer Limits. Good physical condition and the ability to swim are recommended. (this tour DOES NOT include shuttle service; if you need transportation, please see above) Half-day all-inclusive rafting adventure in the Rocky Mountains only 30 minutes from Denver! MUST BE 14 YEARS OLD. No experience needed. Group discounts available! NOTE: Our most popular “COMBO ADVENTURE” is rafting and ziplining!

ADVANCED HALF-DAY WHITEWATER RAFTING

This is the trip for serious paddlers. Jump right into the second half of our advanced full day, and get ready to paddle. With very little warm up you will soon start the continuous class IV rapids, of our Advanced Canyon. Brace yourself for Upper Beaver Falls, Lower Beaver Falls, and The Nixon Rapids. Then take a breath and paddle hard as you drop into Guide Ejector, Double Knife, Hells Corner and Terminator. This trip is only run at optimal water levels, and we reserve the right to refuse these trips to anyone at our discretion. Good physical condition, aggressive attitude, paddling experience and the ability to swim are strongly recommended. Half-day all-inclusive rafting adventure in the Rocky Mountains only 30 minutes from Denver.  MUST BE AN EXPERIENCED RAFTER.

WHITEWATER RAFTING COMBO ADVENTURE

NOTE: Our most popular “COMBO ADVENTURE” is rafting and ziplining! Combine the 1/2 day rafting adventure with any other adventure offered by Denver Adventures. For example, hike in the morning and zipline in the afternoon or the next day. Select “add another experience” at check-out. **Book two different adventures for the same person and receive a $10/pp credit @ Denver Adventures gift shop.

Things to Know

  • For Beginner: Minimum age is 7 and minimum weight is 50lbs
  • For Intermediate: Minimum age is 14
  • Ability to swim is recommended but not required
  • Rafters must be in good physical condition without activity-limiting medical issues. We welcome persons with disabilities but due to the inherent nature of this activity we will assess each person on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us before booking.
  • You will be sent a link to our liability waiver once your adventure is confirmed to fill out online. 
  • Reservations become  non-refundable 7 days before trip departure.
  • All transportation from downtown Denver and west of Denver, safety equipment including helmet, guides, drinks & snacks, and a digital link of pictures of your raft are included in your adventure! (if you have your own transportation/vehicle, please call BEFORE booking)
  • All prices include taxes, permits, and entrance fees but a processing fee will be applied at the time of reservation.
  • Group pricing available for groups of 10 or more people
  • If the weather, insufficient number of participants, or other circumstances cause us to cancel your tour, you will be informed by phone and/or email to reschedule or refund.
  • This adventure runs rain or shine.
  • Transportation from Denver is approximately 30 minutes each way with about 2.5 hours on the river. For Royal Gorge trips, transportation is 2 hours each way with 3 hours actual time on the river.
  • Gratuity for our hard working guides is not included but greatly appreciated.

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The Best Places for White Water Rafting Near Denver

Posted on 06/3/19

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The Colorado Rockies are a great destination location for Whitewater Rafting for people visiting from all over the world. There are rivers all over the state that have their own unique twist on a Colorado Rafting experience. Though the front range has a lot to offer for hotels, food, and other city conveniences, you should travel into the mountains in order to get on the best whitewater rafting trip. Lets go through a few options close to the front range, talk about their perks, and make sure that you pick the best whitewater rafting trip for you and your group!

Here is our list of the best places for whitewater rafting near Denver:

1.) Clear Creek – Idaho Springs, CO

Clear Creek is an icon of whitewater rafting in Colorado and where most people will raft when staying in Denver, CO. What makes this river so incredible is its diversity of difficulty levels, rich history, and accessibility.

Distance from Denver : Only about 30 minutes west of Denver, Clear Creek is a great option because of its proximity and flowing river that offers all levels of whitewater.

The Gold Rush: The mildest section of Clear Creek to run is between Chicago Creek and Kermit’s. Though a milder and shorter section this whitewater ride takes you through some of the most historic sections of Idaho Springs. Chicago creek is said to have held the first gold nugget found in the gold rush of Idaho Springs. This trip also takes you past the Argo gold mine – once the most profitable mine in the world. Finally, the take out at Kermit’s is near the dive bar, Kermit’s, which has one of the oldest pork green chili recipes in Colorado.

  • Kids: This is a great section to raft if you are going to have kids in your group. You need to be 6 years old or older to raft this section of the river.

Upper Clear Creek: If you are looking for a more intense whitewater experience, don’t worry, Clear Creek holds this as well. Travel a bit farther up river and run Upper Dumont to Satellite for a more thrilling class IV experience.

  • Thrill Seekers: This is a great section for those looking for a thrilling experience. You need to be 15 years old or older to raft this section.

The Lower Canyon: Not enough for you? Take on the treacherous lower canyon. This will put in at Kermits and take out just above Miles Gulch Park. This will involve intense class V whitewater.

  • Experienced Rafters: This is a great section for experienced rafters. You need to be 15 years old or older to raft this section of the river.

Clear Creek Canyon is our top place for whitewater rafting near Denver hands down.

Clear Creek is nestled in a Rocky Mountain valley, so you will have beautiful mountains surrounding you. Also, this trip is incredible convenient as it is right off the high way, but during most of the trip you cannot even tell you are off the highway. Once you’re done rafting, you are in the heart of a historic mining town with awesome shops, restaurants, and breweries.

2.) Cache la Poudre River – Fort Collins, CO

The Poudre river is a great destination location for people staying near Denver, CO. Fort Collins is just an hour and fifteen-minute drive from downtown Denver and offers an incredible experience for all levels of rafting experience.

Distance from Denver: 1 hour north of Denver, the Cache La Poudre is a great option for those looking for a scenic trip with fun whitewater.

Lower Poudre: The milder section of the river is known as the Lower Poudre. This offers a class II-III experience. This is the perfect half day activity for families looking for great views and great whitewater.

  • Families with kids: The Lower Poudre is a great section to raft if you have children in your group.

Wild and Scenic: The Poudre river is also one of the only “Wild and Scenic” sections of river in Colorado, describing the awesome scenery and wildlife the trip will hold.

  • Thrill seekers: This is perfect for those looking for a heart pumping experience.

Mishawaka Falls : If you are looking for a more thrilling section of whitewater near this area, try Mishawaka falls. This solid class IV will offer all the trills you are looking for, along with the gorgeous lower canyon views. Make sure to check out the Mishawaka amphitheater right off the side of the river. This amazing venue is a bucket list for show-lovers of all ages!

  • Thrill Seekers: Perfect for a group looking to raft class IV whitewater.

As we mentioned above, there will be not shortage of views during these trips. The Poudre is also nestled in between mountains and will take in incredible scenery as your wind through the valley. Once you’re done rafting, downtown Fort Collins is the perfect vacation town with walk-ability, music venues, restaurants and more!

3.) Colorado River – Kremmling, CO

Are you more of the chill type? Are you just looking to see more of Colorful Colorado’s views without unneeded stress? The Upper Colorado river is the river for you! Located about 2 hours from Denver and offering mild class II rapids and spectacular high-desert canon views, the Upper C is a destination for families, groups looking for a milder experience, or groups looking for one of the best overnight trips Colorado has to offer.

Distance from Denver: 2 hours northwest of Denver, the Upper Colorado is the perfect river that offers amazing views and runs all spring, summer and fall.

Trip Options:

Upper C Rafting: A half day experience would typically run between Pumphouse and Radium and gives you the opportunity to relax in the balmy radium hot springs, or maybe pump up your adrenaline with a cliff-jump. Looking for a longer experience? Try running between pumphouse and Rancho del rio. Even better, if you are looking for a three-day trip, you can run all the way down to State Bridge.

  • Families with children & those looking for a relaxing experience: This section is really fun and you will hit a few rapids but it is perfect for kids and those wanting to take in the scenery.

Stand Up Paddle Board: If you are looking for more of a challenge, then stand up paddle board is the perfect adventure for the Colorado river. Smaller rapids will give you a bit of a challenge while the mild river gives you a chance to take in the scenery and focus on your paddling.

  • Thrill Seekers: Stand Up Paddle Boarding down the Upper Colorado is the perfect combination of challenging, exciting, and fun.

Inflatable Kayaks: This is such a fun way to take on the Upper Colorado! Try your hand at kayaking but let the inflatable kayaks make your trip a bit less technical.

  • Thrill Seekers: Put your steering to the test and navigate the water in an inflatable kayak.

Another awesome option for whitewater rafting near Denver, Colorado!

In conclusion, if you are looking for a true Colorado Rafting experience, Idaho Spring’s historic rafting runs, the Poudre’s wild and scenic rapids, and the Colorado river’s relaxing and fun experience are all great options for you and your family. Learn more about rafting options near Denver , and don;t miss out on the adventure you won’t be able to stop talking about!

Next time you are in Denver, make sure you check out one of these whitewater rafting options for the trip of a lifetime.

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Welcome to Downstream Adventures, where we specialize in creating unforgettable experiences for groups and events in the heart of Colorado’s stunning wilderness. If you’re planning a corporate team building retreat, organizing a Denver bachelor or bachelorette party, or seeking exciting activities for your family, we have the perfect adventure for you. 

From white water rafting for beginners to more advanced sections of the Clear Creek Canyon , our diverse range of Colorado white water rafting experiences ensures there’s an unforgettable journey for every skill level.

Discover the Thrill of Group White Water Rafting:

Immerse your team in the thrill of group white water rafting with our expert guides. Our adrenaline-fueled trips are tailored to create strong bonds and unforgettable memories. Navigate the rapids as a team and conquer the river together. 

Unique Denver Team Building Activities:

Looking for unique team building ideas in Denver? Dive into the excitement of our tailored team-building activities that go beyond the ordinary. Strengthen communication, build trust, and foster teamwork while enjoying the picturesque landscapes of Colorado.

Group rafting trips are also a great way to escape the office for a corporate retreat in Colorado. Foster creativity, collaboration, and team cohesion against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery.

Unforgettable Denver Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties:

Celebrate in style with our Denver bachelor and bachelorette party packages. Experience the rush of adventure with your closest friends, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness. Make your pre-wedding festivities extraordinary.

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For families seeking memorable Colorado activities, embark on our family-friendly trips . Create lasting memories with your loved ones as you explore the serene beauty of Colorado’s rivers. Our adventures are suitable for all ages, ensuring fun for the whole family.

Convenient Locations Near Major Cities:

Located near major cities such as Denver , Boulder , Steamboat Springs , Colorado Springs , Breckenridge , Vail , and Winter Park, our white water rafting adventures are easily accessible. Experience the thrill of rafting without venturing far from the city.

Ready to embark on the rafting experience of a lifetime? Connect with our team, share your interests and specific needs, and leave the details to us. We’re dedicated to ensuring your group has an epic Colorado white water rafting experience that exceeds expectations. Join us and make memories that will last a lifetime!

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Fishforadventures | september 2019.

This was our first time WWR and we’re so glad we went with Downstream Adventures. It was toward the end of the season and we were so thankful to still be able to do this. We still had the time of our lives. Kurt, our guide, was very knowledgeable and experienced at WWR. We felt prepared for what could happen and what we needed to do. I would highly recommend booking your next WWR at whatever level you want!

deansmith75126 | September 2019

The wife and I went on the INTERMEDIATE trip with Downstream Adventures in August. Office staff was great and efficient, our safety lecture was complete, and out guide Curt could not have been better. Since the water was rather low they took us on the ADVANCED portion of the river. It was great, class 3-4 rapids, stopped to eat wild raspberries – a great trip. We highly recommend Downstream Adventures for your Idaho Springs/Black Hawk area rafting trip on Clear Creek.

Steviesbff123 | August 2019

Had an amazing time!!! The tour guide was friendly, helpful, and made the trip full of fun, laughter, and memories! We were college kids trying to make the most of Colorado on a tight budget and this whitewater rafting tour was worth the money! Would recommend 100%!

Amanda A. | August 2019

The employees were all very nice and helpful. Our guide Russel was amazing, he definitely knew the waters and knew what he was doing. we were very inexperienced and we weren’t in sync paddling but he got us through it without anyone falling out. Will definitely go back!

jwp210 | November 2019

This is an extremely well-run outfitter! The office staff was knowledgeable and helpful, the guides were top-notch, and the river was really fun. Highly recommended!

Ohiotraveller43 | August 2019

This was our first time rafting and we had the best time!! Our guide Jonathan was awesome!! I’m not the most adventurous person and was super nervous but this was a perfect introduction, I’m ready to do it again!!!

N6624IQchrisc | May 2018

This was our first time rafting and the staff was really chill and made sure that safety was a top priority. Our guide was excellent and made sure we had a wonderful experience. Some friends and I were looking for whitewater rafting while on vacation in Colorado and decided to go with Downstream Adventures. This was our first time rafting and the staff was really chill and made sure that safety was a top priority. Our guide was excellent and made sure we had a wonderful experience.

rebeccacone | August 2019

I had read the reviews of others who claimed that they chose Downstream because it is smaller and you feel more connected. I couldn’t agree more. As we were getting on the creek, I could see another company getting ready to begin in about 30 minutes. They had a group of 60. I would not have liked that. I liked that Downstream ensures that you feel special and not one of a massive group. Would definitely choose them again.

Trescott H. | July 2017

Rafting with Downstream Adventures was just what the doctor ordered. We were in Denver for a gathering and a three hour float down the creek was perfect. The adventure was fun and close to Denver. Highly recommended for anyone looking to go rafting with a great company.

Cynthia Sue S. | September 2017

A great family adventure. The guide, Rusty, was funny, and well skilled, and safety was always a priority.

BigBearMatt | July 2017

Went with a big group of friends after a wedding, really big water this year. Guides took the time to educate and get a lot of the first timers comfortable. The guides were absolutely top notch. Safty kayaker was there for rescues and made everyone feel safe. Can’t thank the staff enough for such a good trip. Such a good experience with them, I wouldn’t go rafting with any other company. Don’t forget to tip your guides!!! They work hard to keep you safe and make sure you have a great time!! Can’t wait to go back!!!

dharinisn | 2017

We were a big group of 20 ppl with young children. Casey and Jordon were our guides for the intermediate and beginner level rafting and both were great. We had good fun!

Matt L. | July 2018

We wanted a rafting trip not too far from Denver. This venue offered an entertaining time with knowledgeable staff and good safety training. I enjoyed my time there and would go there again.

harrisf606 | 2017

We had a group of 24 kids and Downstream Adventures gave us the lowest price and a great whitewater rafting trip. The guides were great and the kids all had a good time. Highly recommended.

John H. | 2017

We have taken numerous rafting trips over a 25 year period. This was one of if not the best. Its a relatively quick trip, but there’s a lot of whitewater packed into two hours. Our guides, Casey and Jordan, made the trip really fun for our group of 12. The trip felt personalized and very different from some of the larger outfitters. We will be returning to run Clear Creek again with Downstream

Valerie G. | 2017

Our group of 12 – with 5 teenagers – had a great experience with Jordan and Casey. Half of us had never rafted before. They were knowledgeable, personable and great teachers. We definitely recommend Downstream!

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