Clear Creek is a narrow creek with fun splashes and fast moving water. It rises out of the continental divide near Loveland Pass on the Front Range, and flows eastward past Golden and the Coors brewery, where it has served as their main water source since the 1800s. It continues eastward for about 66 miles until it empties into the South Platte River.
Only 30 minutes from Denver, this convenient location attracts many tourists each year. However, if your time allows we recommend the extra travel time to the Arkansas River for a trip that will provide everything a rafter could hope for: beautiful scenery, remoteness, and refreshing whitewater.
There are 2 sections of Clear Creek that we raft on: Silver Canyon and Gold Canyon. Silver Canyon is a class III intermediate section that is not appropriate for kids younger than 12. Gold Canyon is an advanced class IV section that is not appropriate for kids younger than 15. Both contain steep drops, sharp rocks, and are situated next to Interstate I-70. It is for these reasons that we recommend taking the drive to Buena Vista to participate in one of our remote and scenic whitewater trips on the Arkansas River.