Only a 30-minute drive out of Denver lies some of the best white-water rafting in the state. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting is located in Idaho Springs right on Clear Creek, and the brief drive out of the city gives you yet another way to enjoy the summer here. The landscape is breathtaking, and the swift ride through the river gives everyone a cool afternoon.
The Clear Creek river trips range from beginner to intermediate to advanced. The beginner tour allows rafters to see a vast amount of the landscape, including ten fun rapids and a glide past the historic mining town of Idaho Springs, where you will float by the Argo Gold Mine & Mill as well as the waterwheel. Often, visitors also spot Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep roaming the cliffs along the river. The intermediate and advanced trips focus much more on consistent white water while “hoping you stay in the boat.” The intermediate tour is recommended for people with some background in rafting or budding thrill seekers. The advanced tour is for experienced paddlers only, and the names of the rapids you'll encounter get progressively more intense, from Guide Ejector to Double Knife, Hells Corner, Deep Hell, and the Terminators.
Experienced river guides lead the tours and are dedicated to giving people an incredible experience. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting provides helmets, personal flotation devices, and wetsuits for rafters to use. The company suggests that you bring a swimsuit, tennis shoes or sandals with back straps, fleece, polypropylene or wool clothing, and socks, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and dry clothing for after the trip.
During the summer months, the spots fill up fast, so be sure to book in advance! Adult ticket prices range anywhere from $56 to $81 per person. (Prices are subject to change.)
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