Clear Creek Rafting Trips

A day of whitewater rafting on Clear Creek, Colorado is a popular get away for residents of Denver, Colorado since it’s only a 30 minute drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Local outfitters offer any number of creative plans for beginner, intermediate and even excursions for the advanced whitewater rafter.

As the name implies, Clear Creek is a crystal clear river in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is primarily known for being an old gold mining valley where prospectors lived and died seeking their fortune. The River streams for approximately 40 miles with 20 miles of major rapids through a refreshing gorge (another name for canyon) before converging with the South Platte River. It is a narrow river that flows through quite a bit of private property. There are also stretches that run parallel with major highways such as I-70, so unfortunately rafters will be exposed to a certain amount of traffic roaring by at some point.

Whitewater rafting on Clear Creek in Colorado offers the experience of rafting down one of the steepest rapids in the state with class II, III and IV rapids. One has to ponder the question of why go to a water park when you can have the real McCoy. Like most rivers that are suitable for whitewater rafting, there is no shortage of colorful names for the trickier rapids. Names such as Double Knife, Hell's Corner, Terminator, and Corkscrew only add to the anticipated excitement.

Whitewater raft through a historic valley

Clear Creek begins near Loveland Pass ski area where the continental divide is located. Although it is called a creek, it is technically a bonafide river. As it flows through the canyon, the river passes the towns of Idaho Springs and Golden. This area is where most of the whitewater action takes place. A nice side trip is to stop at the Coors Brewery in Golden and take the tour. It’s no secret where they get their spring water.

Stay an extra day to fish on Clear Creek, Colorado

There is some pretty good fishing, including flyfishing along the Clear Creek, depending on which section you stop during whitewater rafting to cast out. They are plenty of browns, rainbows, cutthroats and brookies. Although this is not national forest land yet, you are ok fishing if you follow the posted signs and state regulations.

    Typical outfitter package for rafting on Clear Creek
  • 1/3 day -beginner
  • 1/2 day Intermediate
  • 1/2 day Advanced
  • Full day Intermediate
  • Full day advanced

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