America’s white water rafting river

Clear Creek


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clear creek overview

The closest whitewater to Denver. This steep, narrow and technical river winds through the historic mining valley of Idaho Springs and offers more rapids than most commercial rafting in Colorado.

• Difficulty: Class III-V (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – August White Water Rafting Trips on Clear Creek: Trip Lengths:
1/2 & Full Day Outfitter:
Clear Creek Rafting Learn More: ~ 800.353.9901

clear creek sections

Class III-IV
Fast-paced, exciting whitewater conveniently located along 1-70 near Idaho Springs.

Upper Clear Creek
Class III-IV
Just up the hill from Denver, this section offers exhilarating rapids that are fast-paced and challenging.

Black Rock
Class IV-V
Steep, technical and demanding white water section close to the cities on Colorado’s Front Range.

Lower Clear Creek
Class III-IV
Close to Golden, this exciting section of white water provides a great side trip outside of the city.



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Clear Creek Self-Guided Boaters:

Clear Creek is in Clear Creek and Jefferson counties and is managed by Clear Creek County.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: Information on possible access restrictions under specific section page.
  • River Manager: Clear Creek County (Planning/Zoning)
    405 Argentine Street, Po Box 2000, Georgetown, CO 80444
    303.679.2300 ~

Shuttles: If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.

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