Escape the city and get back to nature with Downstream Adventures! Clear Creek is your closest option for white water rafting near Vail. Set in the most beautiful surroundings, Clear Creek is the perfect location for a rural getaway — complete with the Rockies looming above and exciting species of animals in the area.
Whether you’re a beginner, adventurous spirit, or complete pro, we’ve got trips to suit everyone’s needs. Choose between our half-day beginner, half-day intermediate, or half-day advanced trips and cruise the rapids on one of the most exciting white water destinations in the country. If you want to prolong the adventure, why not try our full-day advanced trip? Spend an entire day out on the river conquering a 22-mile stretch of pure adrenaline. Not for the faint of heart!
Whatever your level, choose one of our exhilarating white water trips and let Downstream Adventures’ tours awaken your sense of adventure!
Traveling east or west on I-70, take exit 232 and follow US-40 West to the town of Empire. We are in the second building on your right as you enter Empire. Map services such as Google Maps may recommend that you use the address: 409 Park Avenue, Idaho Springs, CO. This isn’t our official address, but it (somehow) takes you to the right spot.
The total trip time should be about 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. It is important to arrive at our base 15 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.