You don’t need to travel far from Denver to experience Colorado’s stellar whitewater. Clear Creek, only 30 minutes from the “big city,” offers some of the best whitewater rafting in all of Colorado.

Clear Creek’s original claim to fame came from its mining activity during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859. Once the gold dried up, the Colorado Central Railroad built tracks above the riverbed. U.S. Highway 6 and Interstate 70 soon followed, providing access up and over the Continental Divide.

terry bioBesides all that infrastructure, there was still this awesome whitewater, and we couldn’t let that go to waste, could we?

Colorado whitewater rafting’s origins date back to 1842 when Lt. Fremont surveyed the Platte River on a primitive raft consisting of four independent rubber cloth tubes and a wraparound floor. Yikes! Today, whitewater rafting is one of Colorado’s biggest attractions, and no river is more popular than Clear Creek.

Clear Creek runs through the quaint mining town of Idaho Springs where stories of gold and silver mining run up and down the canyon. The river is known for being steep and narrow and offers rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV. Best of all? Clear Creek’s central location makes it easy to grab a quick river fix if you’re traveling to or from Denver International Airport or are in Summit County.

Needless to say, Clear Creek is surrounded by breathtaking scenery (this is Colorado after all), but rafters might also spot some native wildlife. While the rapids are sure to steal some of your attention away from the surrounding cliffs and riverbeds, try your best to keep a lookout for muskrats, beavers, deer, bighorn sheep, or even the occasional bear or mountain lion!

If you want to raft Clear Creek, KODI Rafting offers three great trips of varying levels, ensuring there’s a raft trip to suit everyone in your party.

KODI Rafting’s Clear Creek Guided Raft Trips: