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Rafting Near Idaho Springs

Idaho Springs Rafting

Nestled just 40 miles west of Denver lies the historic town of Idaho Springs, where the rushing waters of Clear Creek beckon adventurers seeking thrills and unforgettable experiences. This charming town holds a significant place in American history as the birthplace of the 1859 gold rush, with Clear Creek serving as the catalyst for fortune seekers drawn to its shores.


Today, Idaho Springs has transformed into a vibrant tourist destination, boasting a myriad of restaurants, shops, and activities to delight visitors. However, the true heart of adventure lies in the exhilarating rapids of Clear Creek rafting, making rafting the quintessential experience for those exploring the Idaho Springs area. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a beginner seeking excitement, there are options aplenty near Idaho Springs to suit all skill levels.


Clear Creek stands out as one of the most action-packed rafting destinations in Colorado, with rapids galore flowing westward from the Continental Divide through Idaho Springs. Conveniently located just an hour’s drive from Denver International Airport (DIA), Idaho Springs offers not only a thrilling whitewater experience but also a picturesque setting for a memorable stay. Embrace the rush of adrenaline while vacationing in Idaho Springs and make Downstream Adventures your ultimate outfitter for an unforgettable guided whitewater rafting adventure.

Our Clear Creek River Trips

Directions From Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Location

From Idaho Springs, head west on I-70 toward Winter Park/Granby for 7 miles. Take exit 232 onto Hwy 40 toward Winter Park/Granby and continue for an additional 1.5 miles until you reach the town of Empire. Downstream Adventures will be on your right as soon as you enter the town of Empire.


It is important to arrive at our base 30 minutes before your scheduled trip time in order to sign waivers and get changed. I-70 can have heavy traffic, so it is best to check travel conditions when planning your drive.

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