River-Rafting Day Trip from Denver: Clear Creek or the Arkansas River

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River-Rafting Day Trip from Denver: Clear Creek or the Arkansas River information and booking

Departs from
Greater Denver area hotels
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
8:30am (half-day and full-day tours)1:30pm (half-day tour)
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Tour description provided by Viator

Raft down one of Colorado's most picturesque and exciting rivers – either Clear Creek or the Arkansas River – on this fun-filled day trip from Denver! Clear Creek, a short drive from Denver, offers rafting for beginner, intermediate and advanced rafters, allowing you to choose the best option for you. The Arkansas River is a lengthier drive from Denver, but flows through the impressive Royal Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in North America! Whichever you choose, you can count on a a thrilling river-rafting experience in Colorado.

Two of Colorado's most exciting rafting rivers -- Clear Creek and the Arkansas River -- can be accessed on a day trip from Denver. If you need flexibility, no problem! On the Clear Creek trip, you can choose duration (either half-day or full-day) and rafting level (beginner, intermediate or advanced).

If you’re willing to venture further for a full-day tour on the Arkansas River, you’ll be rewarded with an intermediate-level rafting experience through Colorado’s amazing Royal Gorge.

Clear Creek:
Just a 30-minute drive from Denver, Clear Creek provides beginner, intermediate and advanced rafting. While you enjoy the expansive scenery, there’s also a good chance you’ll see local wildlife on the river’s shore. Half-day, 3-hour (4-hour with transport) trips do not include lunch. Half-way through your full-day, 5-hour (6-hour with transport) raft trip, bring the raft to shore and enjoy a deli lunch before finishing down the rapids.

Arkansas River and the Royal Gorge:
A two-hour drive from Denver, the Arkansas River flows through one of the deepest gorges in North America – the Royal Gorge. Your full-day trip will have you barreling down the intermediate-level rapids of the Arkansas River and passing through the incredible, 10-mile-long (16 km) gorge, which at 50 feet (15 meters) wide and 1,250 feet (380 meters) deep in some places, is one of the most breathtaking places to raft in all of Colorado. Mid-way through your 2.5-hour trip, pull the raft to the shore and enjoy a deli lunch with a range of cold cuts.

What's included

  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Experienced rafting guide
  • Lunch included for full-day excursions only

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks