Mile Hi Rafting runs whitewater rafting adventures on Clear Creek and the Arkansas Rivers. All raft trips include use of wet suit, splash jacket, helmet, and a PFD. Booties are available for a $3 fee. A professional Guide is on each raft.
The first major gold strike in Colorado was on January 7, 1859, in Idaho Springs by George Jackson. The gold strike brought many miners to the area, all in search of gold, establishing the Denver Mountain Area. Today, many flock to Idaho Springs and the surrounding area for many recreational activities, such as rafting on the Clear Creek River.
The Clear Creek River is the closest raftable river to downtown Denver, only requiring a 30-minute drive west. This steep, narrow and technical river winds through the historic mining valley of Idaho Springs and contains more rapids than most commercially rafted rivers in the state. The river is open for rafting from May through July.
This area also boasts beautiful mountain scenery, with an abundance of wildlife. If you watch carefully during your time on the river, you can see muskrat, beaver, deer, bighorn sheep, and even an occasional bear or mountain lion.
The Clear Creek River has an average gradient of 67 feet per mile, and over 100 feet per mile on the advanced sections of the stream. For an exciting advanced trip, you will experience a drop of over 1300 vertical feet and weave your way through 30 major rapids. However, this relatively small stream also offers trips for adventurous beginners and intermediate rafters with rapids generally Class II-III-IV, as well as advanced runs.
The Arkansas River is the most popular rafting river in America! From its headwaters at the historic mining area around Leadville, Colorado; through scenic mountain towns like Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado; to the breathtaking Royal Gorge and beyond... Colorado's Arkansas River has some of the nation's most exciting whitewater and amazing mountain views. From highly technical Class IV & V rapids (the Numbers near Granite & Buena Vista, Colorado and The Royal Gorge near Canon City), to relaxing & scenic calm-water float trips, the Arkansas has it all.
The mountain towns and wilderness areas that lie in and surround the Arkansas River valley are full of excellent recreation & lodging opportunities. Besides rafting, kayaking and canoeing, take advantage of the area's fishing, hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, ghost towns and historic areas. Enjoy an elegant bed and breakfast or rustic cabin rental; rough it by doing a little camping or back packing.
RESERVATIONS: Reservations are recommended to guarantee your date and time. A Credit Card is required to secure your reservation. Cancellations will be accepted 48 hours prior to your trip. 24 hours prior you can notify us and change your number by no more than 2 people.
Your reservation is for a specific time, if arriving with less than the reserved number, or you fail to cancel, your credit card will be charged for the full reservation. We do not overbook. Walk-ins are welcome on a space available basis. All participants must sign a liability waiver.