White Water Rafting in Clear Creek County


Rafting in Clear Creek County

Come experience a Colorado whitewater rafting adventure and make it the highlight of your vacation!

Clear Creek County offers the closest whitewater rafting, just 20 miles west of Denver! Weekend getaways and family adventures on the Clear Creek River are our specialty. Experience the thrill of whitewater rapids in the Rocky Mountains, and don’t forget to bring a tent, setup camp and enjoy a campfire with your rafting companions!

Did you know Clear Creek offers more rapids per mile than most commercially rafted rivers in the state? It is true! Our river truly has something for everyone! So come experience the Alpine Valley, enjoy spectacular views, exhilarating whitewater and the opportunity to spot a variety of Colorado wildlife.

Classes of Whitewater

Trips vary in difficulty. Sections vary from perfect for families and first timers to extreme whitewater for the seasoned veteran. White Water Rafting on Clear Creek International Scale of River Difficulty

Class 1: Very small rough areas, requires no maneuvering. (Skill Level: None)

Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require maneuvering. (Skill Level: Basic Paddling Skill)

Class 3: Whitewater, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering. (Skill Level: Experienced paddling skills)

Class 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed. (Skill Level: Whitewater Experience)

Class 5: Whitewater, large waves, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering. (Skill Level: Advanced Whitewater Experience)

Class 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous as to be effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and/or substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural capacities and impact ratings of most all rafting equipment. Traversing a Class 6 rapid has a dramatically increased likelihood of ending in serious injury or death compared to lesser classes. (Skill Level: Successful completion of a Class 6 rapid without serious injury or death is widely considered to be a matter of luck)


white-water-raftingWhitewater rafting can be a dangerous sport, especially if basic safety precautions are not observed. Both commercial and private trips have seen their share of injuries and fatalities, though private travel has typically been associated with greater risk.

In Colorado rafting outfitters are regulated by Colorado State Parks. The Colorado River Outfitter License is a certification of outfitters, their rafts, equipment used, safety regulations, Guide specifications, sanitation practices, and documentation of each trip on the river. Colorado State Parks do impromptu inspections of rafts, first aid supplies, guides and office procedures periodically during rafting season.

Local Businesses

Adventures in Whitewater
1041 County Road 308, Dumont
Phone: (970) 724-1122

AVA Idaho Springs
431 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs
Phone: (970) 423-7031 or (800) 370-0581

Browns Canyon Rafting
Please call for a seasonal address.
Phone: (719) 275-2890

Clear Creek Rafting Co
350 Whitewater Road, Idaho Springs
Phone: (303) 567-1000

Colorado Adventure Center
2697 Stanley Road, Dumont
Phone: (970) 945-6737

Downstream Adventures
409 E Park Avenue, Empire
Phone: (844) 291-4218

GeoTours Whitewater Raft Trips
229 Colorado Hwy 8, Morrison
Phone: (303) 756-6070or (800) 660-7238

KODI Rafting
999 County Road 308, Dumont
Phone: (970) 668-1548

Lawson Adventure Park and Resort
3440 Alvarado Road, Lawson
Phone: (855) 372-7238

Liquid Descent
1896 Stanley Road, Idaho Springs
Phone: (970) 372-2870

MAD Adventures
20 West Dumont Road, Dumont
Phone: (877) 776-9962

Mile-Hi Rafting and ATV Tours
3627 Alvarado Road, Dumont
Phone: (303) 567-0717

Performance Tours, Inc.
1041 County Road 308, Downieville
Phone: (800) 328-7238

Raft Masters
2804 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs
Phone: (719) 275-6645

The Adventure Company
Please call for a seasonal address.
Phone: (719) 395-6494