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Lower Clear Creek Canyon Rafting

Attention all thrill-seekers! Lower Clear Creek beckons, offering an adrenaline-pumping challenge for experienced rafters and daredevils alike. Brace yourself for the heart-pounding rush of rapids like Double Knife, Terminator, and Hell’s Corner as Downstream Adventures guides you on an epic advanced white water rafting expedition. Rest assured, our expert guides will navigate every twist and turn, ensuring an exhilarating adventure from start to finish. This is some of the most exciting rafting in Colorado!


  • PRICE: $105+ per person (prices vary depending on day and time)
  • DIFFICULTY: Advanced rafting (class IV-V rapids)
    Please note: when this course opens in May and just before it closes in August, we classify it as an intermediate course due to its reduced water flow. However, during June and July, it is an advanced course since the rapids are more intense.
  • DEPARTURE TIMES: Every day at 8AM, 11AM, and 2PM
    Downstream Adventures
    409 E Park Avenue,
    Empire, Colorado 80438
    Put in at Idaho Springs (subject to change throughout season)
    Take out at mile marker 260, Lower Clear Creek Canyon
  • AVAILABILITY: Late May until late-July
  • DURATION: 3 hours
  • REQUIREMENTS: Participants must be at least 16 years old. Participants must possess the ability to swim and be used to physical activity. You’ll need to partake in a lot of paddling since we’ll take on the rapids together!


  • Ultimate adventure for the most daring paddlers
  • Experience Colorado’s steepest rafting run with more rapids per mile than any other
  • Enjoy state-of-the-art rafts along with included wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge
  • Premier rafting trip conveniently located right in Denver’s backyard



19+ Years of Happy Customers

What's Included


  • Transportation from our outpost to the river and back
  • Excellent white water rafts and safety equipment
  • Wetsuit and splash jacket for each guest
  • Custom-fit PFD (personal flotation device or life jacket) and helmet
  • Dry bag for necessary items like medication

Note: Neoprene bootie rentals are available for $5 per person.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit or non-cotton shorts
  • Shoes that can get wet and stay on your feet (tennis shoes or sport sandals are great)
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for after the trip
  • Your excitement and enthusiasm!

For more information, check out our recommendations on rafting safety & basics.

Additional Information


Previous rafting experience is great to have, but not a requirement. Our ideal candidate is someone that is physically fit and is a strong swimmer. An athletic group that works together can be taught all they need to know by their guides before they launch.

Yes, being able to swim is a requirement on the Advanced trip.

On the Lower Clear Creek Advanced trip, our rafts hold a maximum of 6 paddlers plus a guide.