The noise pollution of cars in traffic, trains taking passengers to and from work, tunes spilling out of music venues, and the cheers at sports stadiums in Denver can make it feel like nature is nonexistent. But just beyond all the city commotion you’ll find a more natural noise: the sound of fast flowing rapids.

Some of the best advanced rapids in the country lie just west of Denver.

The town of Idaho Springs is only 30 minutes from Denver and most of Summit County. For the more experienced paddlers, sections of Clear Creek that run through Idaho Springs is chock full of thrilling, continuous, Class III-IV whitewater. We include the wetsuits on this ½ day advanced trip as you’re going to be soaked to the core with by the chilly mountain water the entire time. See more here.

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Rafting Ten Mile Creek requires all rafters to be in excellent condition and have some previous rafting experience. You’ll float through he town of Frisco on this 4 mile newly open stretch of river in the state of Colorado. The river drops 110 feet per mile in the upper section while navigating some of the best Class IV rapids in the state. See more here.

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Venture even further from Denver, towards Buena Vista, and you’ll find even more advanced rafting opportunities. The Arkansas River flows through the Numbers and Browns Canyon National Monument sections of the river. Browns Canyon holds great Class III+ rapids while the numbers is more gradient, offering Class IV rapids all the way down the 7 mile stretch of river.

When you want to escape the noise pollution of the city, look towards the rivers. Their “noise pollution” is certain to give you some sort of peace as you go flying down the wild rapids.