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Rafting Near Denver on Clear Creek

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Most Popular Options for Adults

Upper Clear Creek

Dive into the exhilarating Upper Clear Creek run, an ideal white water rafting trip packed with excitement. With more rapids per mile than nearly any other commercially run stretch in the nation, Clear Creek guarantees an adrenaline rush like no other. And the best part? You won't have to venture far from Denver to experience the thrill of a lifetime! Join us for an unforgettable adventure on the rapids of Upper Clear Creek.


Great for Families!

Middle Clear Creek

Step into history as you start your adventure at the iconic Clear Creek rafting put-in, a spot forever etched in Colorado's gold rush lore thanks to George Jackson's discovery in 1858. Follow Clear Creek's steady currents as they meander through Historic Idaho Springs, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey to the mouth of the Lower Canyon. Perfect for beginners, Middle Clear Creek rafting trips offer an accessible option for white water rafting near Denver, promising a thrilling yet manageable experience for all.

The Wild Ride

Lower Clear Creek

Embark on the adrenaline-fueled adventure with our Lower Canyon advanced rafting trip on Clear Creek! Navigate challenging rapids through rugged terrain, all while experiencing the thrill of some of Colorado's most intense white water. This journey promises an unforgettable experience for rafters seeking the ultimate test of skill and courage.

Full Day of Adventure w/ Lunch Included

Full Day Clear Creek

Experience the thrill of navigating the rapids on Clear Creek during a full-day advanced rafting trip. With expert guides leading the way, you'll conquer challenging white water stretches while taking in breathtaking scenery. Plus, enjoy a delicious lunch served riverside, making for an unforgettable adventure-packed day.


Discover the ultimate Idaho Springs whitewater rafting adventure hub at Clear Creek – your one-stop-shop for thrilling trips suitable for various ages and skill levels. Experience Colorado’s steepest rafting runs, boasting more rapids per mile than any other in the state. Our family-friendly rafting sections guarantee smiles and splashes for all.


As Denver’s #1 rafting destination, Clear Creek minimizes drive time, maximizing river fun. Downstream Adventures’ Clear Creek outpost is conveniently located for Denver, Breckenridge, and Winter Park, Colorado residents. Dive into the excitement without the hassle – your epic rafting journey starts here!


  • Colorado’s Steepest rafting runs with more Rapids per mile.
  • Variety of Clear Creek rafting trips with an option for everyone —  Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
  • Conveniently located near Denver, Boulder, Winter Park and Breckenridge.
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Clear Creek Rafting Trips meet us at:

409 East Park Avenue, Empire CO 80438


Get ready to conquer the rapids of Clear Creek amidst stunning scenery!

Clear Creek is a free flowing river fed by snowmelt. The water levels are continuously change providing a range of experiences. Generally, the higher the water level, the more challenging the trip. Our high water season, Mid-Late June is the most exciting time to go rafting. Our more moderate flows come late-May through early-June and in July. Our typical low-water season is mid-May and August.

Clear Creek offers a range of trips gear towards different skill levels. Our Middle Clear Creek Beginner is a great trip for families with kids under 12 or first-timers that want to take it easy. The Upper Clear Creek Intermediate is our most popular run for groups of reasonably fit adults that want a bit of adventure. The Lower Clear Creek Advanced is a more challenging run that is geared towards fit paddlers seeking more adventure.

Wetsuits and splash jackets are provide to you at no extra cost. In addition to the gear that we offer, you will want to wear clothes and footwear you are comfortable getting wet in. Swimsuit, athletic shorts, leggings, sun-hoody, rash guard, and fleece top are all suitable layers to wear. Avoid wearing any cotton. You will need shoes that stay on your feet, so no flip-flops or crocs. You can rent wetsuit shoes for $5 on site.

Our trips go out rain or shine. It is extremely rare for us to cancel trips based on the weather. Although, we do reserve the right to cancel or alter trips if we deem conditions to be unsafe.


Colorado high country often calls for rain in the forecast, but the forecast can be deceiving. Rain and thunderstorms are typically scattered and very short lived. As they saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait 15 minutes.”

Clear Creek is conveniently located in Colorado’s Front Range, approximately 30-45 minutes from Denver, Winter Park, Breckenridge and surrounding Summit County. Clear Creek is also the closest rafting destination to Boulder at about 1 hour away.


Check out the nearby destinations and directions to Clear Creek.

Clear Creek is a place of stunning beauty. Witness the remains of our rich gold rush history, including Argo Mill, once the longest tunnel in the world. Keep an eye out for exciting animals and admire the majestic Rocky Mountains. Check out the nearby destinations and directions to Clear Creek.

At Downstream Adventures, we guarantee that all of our guides are highly qualified and experienced. Each guide has been certified in CPR/first aid and trained in life-saving swiftwater rescue techniques, and that’s just our minimum requirement! All of our full-time guides have surpassed the highest level of guide qualification recognized by the state of Colorado (level 3).

Our guides are some of the most experienced in Colorado and are skilled in Swift-Water Rescue and precision boat control. Of course, you are entering a wild and natural environment and there are risks involved, but we at Downstream Adventures take great pride in making trip safety our top priority.

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Clear Creek has more rapids per mile than almost any other commercially run stretch of white water in the nation. Even the most seasoned paddlers can get their fix here!

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Downstream Adventures grew out of the deep passion of two brothers, Ryan and Jonathan. Their lifetime of experience on whitewater rivers around the globe led to their desire to share those experiences with people from all walks of life. It is our mission to provide safe and thrilling opportunities for our guests to fall in love with adventure.


At Downstream Adventures, we stand out from the rest with our winning formula for an unforgettable rafting experience. We are a passionate, family-owned and operated business relying on decades of river experience. Here’s what sets us apart:

Commitment to Safety

Your safety is our top priority. We adhere to strict safety standards, so you can focus on the thrill of the rapids with confidence.

Expert Guides

Our seasoned guides aren’t just knowledgeable about the rivers; they’re passionate about creating an exhilarating yet safe adventure for you.

Top-Notch Equipment

We believe in using the best gear for the best experience. Our top-of-the-line equipment ensures both safety and excitement on the water.

All Skill Levels Welcome

Whether you’re a novice or a rafting veteran, we cater to all experience levels. Our trips are designed to accommodate everyone, ensuring a fantastic ride for all.

Convenient Accessibility

Located just a short drive from Denver and Colorado Springs, getting to your adventure has never been easier.

Passion for Adventure

Join Downstream Adventures for a thrilling, safe rafting journey fueled by our deep passion for adventure and commitment to sharing it.

Choose Downstream Adventures for the ultimate white water rafting experience in Colorado. We’re not just a rafting outfitter; we’re your partners in creating memories that last a lifetime.