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Middle Clear Creek Rafting

Embark on a fantastic family adventure through Colorado’s breathtaking mountains, where you’ll conquer fun and splashy class 2 & 3 rapids in one of the region’s most beloved rafting spots! Just a quick drive from Denver, this exciting journey is perfect for beginners and families looking for a fun-filled day in the Rockies. Get ready for giggles and splashes as you tackle rapids with playful names like Mister Twister and Mountain Lion. Our friendly guides are experts at making sure everyone feels safe and has a blast, creating unforgettable memories for the whole family!


  • PRICE: $76+ per person (prices vary depending on day and time)
  • DIFFICULTY: Beginner rafting (class II-III rapids)
  • DEPARTURE TIMES: Every day at 8:15AM, 11:30AM, and 2:45PM
    Downstream Adventures
    409 E Park Avenue,
    Empire, Colorado 80438
    Put in at Chicago Creek, Idaho Springs
    Take out at entrance to Lower Canyon (Kermit’s)
  • AVAILABILITY: mid-May until mid-August
  • DURATION: 3 hours total (usually between 1 and 1.5 hours on the water)
  • REQUIREMENTS: Participants must be at least 5 years old and weigh at least 50 lbs.


  • Ideal for Beginners and Families: This rafting trip offers the perfect balance of excitement and safety, making it ideal for beginners and families seeking a memorable adventure.
  • Exciting class II & III Rapids: Experience the thrill of navigating 15 Class II and III rapids, ensuring fun around every corner for everyone on board.
  • Top-of-the-Line Equipment Included: Enjoy the convenience of top-quality equipment, including wetsuits and splash jackets, all included in the tour price for maximum comfort and enjoyment.
  • Convenient Location: Located just 40 minutes from Denver, this rafting adventure is easily accessible, allowing you to spend more time on the water and less time traveling.
  • Expert Guides for Safety and Fun: Relax and enjoy the ride with our certified and experienced guides who are dedicated to keeping you safe while ensuring you have a fantastic time on the river.



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


Wetsuits and splash jackets are provide to you at no extra cost. In addition to the gear the we offer, you will want to wear clothes and footwear you are comfortable getting wet in. Swimsuits, athletic shorts, leggings, sun-hoody, rash guard, and fleece tops 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.

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.

On the Middle Clear Creek Beginner trip, our rafts typical fit 6-7 paddlers plus a guide. When the water levels are lower at the beginning and end of the season, we will reduce the capacity in the raft.