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Creekin’ – A True Colorado Adventure!

Clear Creek Rafting: Beginner to Advanced. Add a Cliffside Zipline Tour!

Only 30 miles from Denver: Whitewater Rafting Trips & our Cliffside Zipline Tour

Creekin’ (that’s what we call rafting on Clear Creek) catches your attention like no other whitewater on earth. Running straight off Loveland Pass – a craggy ridge 12,000 feet high on the Continental Divide – Clear Creek exemplifies Colorado whitewater adventure.

When prospectors followed Clear Creek uphill in search of gold in 1859, they dubbed the narrow valley “Toughcuss Canyon” for its rugged terrain and turbulent waters. One of the original strikes of the Front Range gold rush, Clear Creek pay dirt helped to pave the way for Colorado’s statehood. The canyon lost its name, but its old west legacy lives on with the boomtowns of Empire, Central City and Idaho Springs that line the stream today.

All Clear Creek Rafting Trips depart from our Idaho Springs Outpost.

Whitewater rafting on Clear Creek is a convenient and memorable Colorado adventure – come see for yourself.  Here are the Clear Creek rafting trip options.

  • Clear Creek Gold Rush: Beginner-Intermediate Rafting, min age 6, 1/3-day rafting trip
  • Upper Clear Creek: Intermediate+-Advanced Rafting, min age 15, 1/2 day rafting trip
  • Lower Canyon of Clear Creek: Advanced+ Rafting, min age 15, 1/2 day rafting trip
  • Outer Limits Full Day: Intermediate+-Advanced Rafting, combines Gold Rush and Upper Clear Creek, includes lunch, full day trip, min age 15
  • Phoenix Full Day: Advanced+ Rafting, full day, min age 15, includes lunch
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Clear Creek Gold Rush – Beginner Rafting:

A 1/3- day beginner-intermediate whitewater trip perfect for families and beginners and those on a tighter schedule. You’ll pack in 11 whitewater rapids in this fun and active trip. Min. age 6.

  • 1/3 day trip
  • Multiple departures per day
  • Min age 6 & 50 lbs
  • Departs from Idaho Springs Outpost
  • Free wetsuits & splash jackets
  • $54-$59/adult, $49-$54/child 6-12

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Clear Creek Gold Rush + Zipline Package:

Put together the two best activities in Colorado. Start with our Idaho Springs zipline tour, perched above our Outpost on a 9-acre wooded and mountainous spot. After a scenic nature hike to get to the start of the course, take on six zips of varying length through the trees and cliffs before crossing over Chicago Creek for an exhilarating finish. After a break for lunch, the Clear Creek Beginner whitewater trip tackles eleven family-level whitewater rapids as your raft tumbles its way through a small scenic gorge on the Creek.  The perfect option for all ability levels!  Zipline = Minimum age 10, minimum weight 75 lbs, but rafting trip is minimum age 6 & 50lbs. If you have younger kids, they can do just the rafting portion of this package. This package includes time for a lunch break when you can head into town and enjoy one of the many great lunch spots in Idaho Springs (5 minute walk or 2 minute drive from our Outpost). You can also bring your lunch to enjoy on our creekside deck. See the Idaho Springs zipline tour on Google Satellite map.

Available With Lunch Break or Without Lunch Break (Non-Stop)

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Upper Clear Creek Rafting Trip:

An intermediate+-advanced half-day trip for those wanting more of a whitewater challenge with continuous paddling. Great for experienced paddlers or aggressive first-timers. Min. age 15. Difficulty varies with water level.

  • 1/2 day trip
  • Intermediate+ – Advanced Rafting
  • Min age 15
  • Multiple departures per day
  • Free wetsuits & splash jackets
  • Departs from our Idaho Springs Outpost
  • $64 per person

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Upper Clear Creek + Zipline Package:

After a scenic nature hike to get to the start of our 6-line course, take on some serious zipline fun of varying length through the trees and cliffs before crossing over Chicago Creek for an exhilarating finish. Take a break for lunch, then get ready for our action-packed Clear Creek Intermediate rafting trip. to conquer some of the most intense whitewater on Clear Creek!  You’ll hit about 30 rapids on this 8-mile trip that drops an incredible 1,300 vertical feet. This continuous, steep, technical section will keep your paddle moving and your heart thumping as your crash through pulsing, Class IV rapids such as Phoenix, Nomad, Falls Creek, and Outer Limits. This is a physically demanding trip requiring good physical condition and a minimum age of 15*.This package includes time for a lunch break when you can head into town and enjoy one of the many great lunch spots in Idaho Springs (5 minute walk or 2 minute drive from our Outpost). You can also bring your lunch to enjoy on our creekside deck.. See the Idaho Springs zipline tour on Google Satellite map.

Available With Lunch Break or Without Lunch Break (Non-Stop)

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The Lower Canyon – Advanced Rafting Trip:

For those wanting a serious paddling experience! The toughest whitewater in the canyon. Class IV-V rapids are great for fit and aggressive rafters. Min. age 15.

  • 1/2 day rafting trip
  • Advanced+ whitewater rafting, good physical fitness level required
  • Min age 15
  • Free wetsuits and splash jackets
  • Departs from our Idaho Springs Outpost
  • $79 per person

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