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Clear Creek Rafting

Colorado Rafting Company offers Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek.

Rafting on Clear Creek is one of the most exciting ways to experience Summer in the Rocky Mountains. Our Clear Creek rafting trips offer options for the whole family and is inviting to people of varying abilities. We offer Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced rafting experiences located just 30 minutes from Denver!

We run trips on Clear Creek daily from around mid-May through August! Clear Creek flows are all based on snowmelt and so advanced reservations are recommended. Book an adventure online or CALL TODAY to reserve your Clear Creek rafting adventure.

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CRC Boathouse @ Clear Creek

Here at Colorado Rafting Company we run and base all of our Clear Creek Rafting trips out of the historic river corridor of Idaho Springs. Where the gold rush began, Idaho Springs which is located just 30 minutes outside of Denver was actually the first city in all of Colorado, founded in 1859. This quaint town is nestled in the foothills of some of Colorado’s best mountains and holds a unique place in the state’s history. As the place where the Colorado Gold Rush started, this little town holds a lot of secrets, including one of the best river rafting areas in the State! Created through direct snow-melt, Clear Creek offers some amazing, pristine, and whitewater rapid filled rafting for varying ability levels. From more family friendly beginner rafting to hair raising advanced trips, we offer something for everybody.

Clear Creek Beginner Trip

Clear Creek is one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in Colorado, and for a great reason. Conveniently located about 30 minutes West of Denver, Clear Creek has a rafting trip option for varying ability and experience levels.

Our beginner trips are perfect for first time rafters or families alike that are looking for a great introduction to whitewater rafting. This trip covers roughly 6 miles of river and offers amazing whitewater rapids, beautiful scenery and some peaceful floating. 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.

Time: 9:00 am & 1:00 pm

*Please arrive 30 min prior to trip time for check-in and gear up

Meeting Location: CRC Boathouse

Duration: 1/3 day (~ 2.5 hours total)

Class: II-III 

Season: May – August

Price: $79 adult I $74 child (under 12)

Minimum Age: 6 years old. May vary with water flows*

Clear Creek Intermediate Trip

For those who are looking to step it up a notch from the Beginner rafting trip, there’s the Intermediate option. Our Intermediate raft trip is a great choice for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers craving the thrill and challenge of whitewater. With a steady dose of fun and challenging rapids, this trip requires active paddling and participation as we navigate the river as a team. First time paddlers and experienced paddlers alike are welcome, but active paddling is required. Being in good physical condition and having the ability to swim are recommended. Clear Creek is steep and narrow and this section passes through over a dozen rapids as the river drops about 75 feet per mile. Listen to your guide, hold onto your paddle and get ready to get wet! This exciting stretch of the river is Clear Creek’s most popular trip with continuous class III and IV rapids. Navigate rapids with such names as Nomad, Fall River, Phoenix, Deliverance and the class IV climax, Outer Limits Rapid.

Time: 8:30 am and 12:30

*Please arrive 30min prior to trip time for check-in and gear up

Meeting Location: CRC Boathouse

Duration: Half Day (~ 3 hours)

Class: III-IV

Season: May – August (seasonally dependent)

Price: $89 person

Minimum Age: 12 years old. May vary with water flows

Clear Creek Advanced Trip

If you are looking to maximize your adrenaline and thrills then check out our Clear Creek Advanced rafting trips. Dropping over 100ft a mile for over 5 miles, the Advanced raft trip is for experienced paddlers only. With very little warm up, you will soon start the continuous class IV-V rapids of Clear Creek Canyon. Brace yourself, take a breath and paddle hard as you drop into rapids such as Beaver Falls, Tricky Dicky, Guide Ejector, Double Knife, Hells Corner, the Terminator holes, and Corkscrew. This trip is only run at optimal water levels, and we reserve the right to refuse these trips to anyone at our discretion. 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!

Time: 9:00 am

*Please arrive 30min prior to trip time for check-in and gear up

Meeting Location: CRC Boathouse

Duration: Half Day (~ 3 – 3.5hrs)

Class: IV-V

Season: May – August (seasonally dependent)

Price: $109

Minimum Age: 16 years old and prior rafting experience necessary

Clear Creek History

Clear Creek was originally named Cannonball Creek as early as 1820, called so by the French hunters, after the river rocks in its bed. In the 1830s it became known as Vasquez Fork, also Vasquez River, after the fur trader Louis Vasquez, who had his fort at the mouth of the river and trapped along it. It gained its present name from the gold rushers in 1859 In the gold rush of 1859, the Creek provided the pathway into the mountains for those prospecting for gold. Fast forward to 1998 when Golden opened the Clear Creek Whitewater Park. Golden had purchased new water rights to ensure that they could keep enough water rushing through Golden to support a kayak park. For the first 140 years of Colorado’s water law, the only “valid” uses of water were agriculture, industry, and domestic. The case went to the State Supreme Court, which eventually decided that recreation was a valid use for water rights in Colorado.

Top-Notch River Guides

Our staff are here to help you from beginning to end. Whether you are working with our reservations specialists to plan and prepare for your adventure, or traveling down the river with our experienced and friendly guides, you can rest assured that Colorado Rafting Company is looking out for you.

We pride ourselves in maintaining a smaller operation where we can provide truly intimate Colorado adventures. Our guides are highly trained, experienced, and certified by the State. That means you be rest assured that you are in good hands while enjoying your amazing whitewater rafting trip. 

Multi Activity Packages

Whitewater rafting is one of Colorado’s most staple summer activities but it doesn’t just stop there. Join Colorado Rafting Company for A Colorado Experience (ACE) and package your rafting experience with other amazing Colorado adventures.

Whether it’s hiking through the beautiful and rugged Rocky Mountain hiking trails, or tackling one of our local rock climbing crags, or even putting the pedals to dirt on one of the many amazing mountain biking trails. From Full Day to Multi Day Packages, Colorado Rafting Company is your one stop shop for Colorado Adventure in the Summit County area.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. Mid-June to early July is traditionally the 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 a normal run off-season, which is mid-May to late-August. Water levels and weather are very unpredictable, so book a date that best suits the group and be prepared for the unexpected. There really is no bad time to go white water rafting in Colorado.

Yes. We have an age limit of 6 years old for Beginner trips, 12 years old for Intermediate trips, and 16 years old for Advanced Trips. These age limits may also vary with water flows.

Nope! Except for advanced and expert trips, 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 his/her back with his/her 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.

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 (15-20%). 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.

Avoid cotton clothing, as it tends to get wet and stay wet – not to mention taking valuable warmth from your body’s surface. For rafting, bathing suits and shorts are recommended with comfortable, secure footwear. While not required, we do provide wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties at no additional charge. This equipment isn’t mandatory but it is designed to keep you warm. Towels are best kept in your vehicles at the office and don’t do you much good on the river because there is no way to keep them dry.  For rafting and other activities your best bet would be materials such as wool, polypro, fleece, micro fleece, polyester, waterproof jackets, and any other outdoor material that dries fast. There is limited space on the rafts, so you should limit what you bring to what you can wear. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are included with all rafting adventures and helmets on all Clear Creek and Blue River trips. If you have any questions please give us a call and we can give you information so that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

All our guides go through extensive training, basic first aid, CPR, and all river guides are certified by the state of Colorado. 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. It is important for the group to choose a trip within their entire group’s limits. Colorado Rafting Company/Colorado Adventure Guides is committed to the safety of our guests. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of some outdoor recreation activities in the backcountry, all participants are required to acknowledge these risks by reading and signing a liability waiver prior to trip departure. All participants under the age of 18 must have a liability/health history waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. In addition to this form, the health history questionnaire must be filled out for each participant. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. It is Colorado Adventure Guides’ policy that all Emergency Contacts be a person over the age of 18 and not participating in the same guided trip or course.

For river trips you will want to bring a few towels to leave in your car; you’ll be happy to have something to dry off with after your adventure. Bring a change of dry clothes to leave in your car. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, sunglass straps, cold water layering. 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. Please see our equipment lists for other activity specific gear.

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 outdoor activities 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.

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