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Upper Clear Creek - Intermediate

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Upper Clear Creek Rafting

Prepare for an adrenaline-fueled journey through the exhilarating rapids of Clear Creek! This intermediate white water rafting experience in Idaho Springs, Colorado promises an unforgettable adventure amidst stunning natural surroundings. Ideal for those with a bit of rafting experience or a thirst for excitement, this half-day rafting trip near Denver, CO is sure to satisfy your craving for adventure. Our knowledgeable guides are dedicated to keeping you safe while ensuring maximum fun along the way!


  • PRICE: $86+ per person (prices vary based on day and time)
  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate rafting (class III-IV rapids)
  • DEPARTURE TIMES: Every day at 8:45AM, 12PM, 3:15PM
    Downstream Adventures
    409 E Park Avenue,
    Empire, Colorado 80438
    Put in at Dumont
    Take out at Idaho Springs
  • 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 13 years old.
    Physical fitness and the ability to swim are strongly recommended.


  • Our most popular Clear Creek rafting trip for adventurous adults and teens
  • Premium equipment provided, including wetsuit and splash jacket at no extra cost
  • Exciting route featuring steep and continuous class III & IV rapids
  • Conveniently located just 40 minutes from Denver
  • Perfect choice for those seeking an action-packed experience close to the Denver, Winterpark, Breckenridge, and Boulder



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


Our Upper Clear Creek Trip is our most popular option for groups of adults. Previous rafting experience is not required, but we do ask that all participants have a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to swim. If you have concerns about you physical ability or weight, we recommend exploring our Middle Clear Creek option.

Wetsuits and splash jackets are provided 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 Upper Clear Creek Intermediate trip, our rafts typical fit 6 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 to 4-5.