Clear Creek River Rafting

Rafting trips for all levels in Idaho Springs

You’ll find some of the best white water near Denver in Idaho Springs, just 45 minutes from downtown. Clear Creek rafting trips are great for all levels of rafters. Whether this is your first time on the river and you’re looking for a gentle yet fun introduction, or you’re looking for waves you can tell your buddies about for years to come, Clear Creek white water rafting will deliver. With one third day and full-day trips so close to Denver, enjoy the best of what Colorado has to offer!

Due to the demand of Clear Creek trips and our limited phone staff, please call our friends at Arkansas Valley Adventures directly to reserve Clear Creek rafting trips. 1-800-370-0581

Trip Details


Family Class Whitewater: Appropriate for kids ages 6 and up at most water flows. Class II and III rapids.

Crafted For

Adventure Rafting

Calm or Wild
Available For
  • Half-Day
  • Full-Day

This rafting trip is recommended for people 6 years of age and older. At higher water flows (usually in June) we may increase the minimum recommended age.

6+ Years (Suggested)

Heart-pumping rafting through Idaho Springs

Wet & Wild

Adventure Rafting - Upper Clear Creek

Mountain adventures await

Rafting near Denver

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Clear Creek runs parallel to Interstate 70, but what it lacks in wilderness feel is more than made up by the frequency of rapids.  Clear Creek rafting trips offer you the opportunity to unwind, unplug, and have an amazing time with family, friends, or coworkers. With one third day and full-day trips so close to Denver, get out and enjoy the best of what Colorado has to offer!

Clear Creek rafting trips are best enjoyed during the month of June when snow melt is flowing quickly from the mountains. If your plans find you in Colorado later than that, consider making the drive to the Cañon City area where Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge trips offer reliably exciting white water from early to late summer!

From calm & cooling to wet & wild

Lower Clear Creek Rafting Trip - Beginner Rafting

If you’re looking for an adventure your whole family can enjoy, this is the trip for you. Known as our Gold Rush Tour, this Lower Clear Creek river rafting trip is packed with fun class II and III rapids. This one-third day Clear Creek white water rafting trip is perfect for families and groups with young children, and for those a little bit more cautious when it comes to outdoor adventures.  

Your kids will laugh as they paddle through rapids that get them wet but don’t offer too much challenge. Here you can fully soak in your surroundings. Look down to find trout in the river, or up to catch a glimpse of deer and majestic bighorn sheep.

Here’s what you should know about our Lower Clear Creek trip:

  • Great for beginners, families, and groups
  • Class II-III rapids
  • Minimum age & weight: 5 years & 50 pounds
    (varies by trip and river level)
  • 1/3-day trip

Upper Clear Creek Rafting Trips - Adventure Rafting

You’ll find thrilling rapids on our Upper Clear Creek white water rafting trips. We offer half-day or ¾-day trips packed with white water that will satisfy even the biggest adrenaline-junkie.

The ¾-day trip allows for a short warm up on class II and III rapids as you settle into the river. After these smaller rapids, you’ll enjoy a hot BBQ lunch before jumping into the hard part. You’ll splash right into a class IV rapid that requires technical moves as it quickly drops. This class IV is where the half-day actually begins, so you’ll get your heart rate pumping whichever option you choose!

Here are the details for our Upper Clear Creek trips:

  • Adventure rafting
  • Guests should be in good physical condition
  • Class II-IV rapids
  • Minimum age 15 years (varies by trip and river level)
  • Half-day trip (9 miles)
  • ¾-day trip (15 miles)

With Clear Creek River rafting available less than an hour west of Denver, what are you waiting for? No matter your experience level or how much thrill you’re seeking, Echo Canyon will help you find the perfect trip.

Pricing Options

Rafting Trip TypeAdult PricesChild Prices (12 and Under)
Clear Creek Beginner: Third-Day (6 miles) - GOLD RUSH ONE THIRD DAY$69$64
Clear Creek Intermediate: Half Day (9 miles) - UPPER CLEAR CREEK HALF DAY$79$79
Clear Creek Intermediate: Full Day (15 miles) - OUTER LIMITS FULL DAY$124$124
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