Frequently Asked Questions

It is important to arrive at our base 15 minutes before your scheduled trip time in order to sign waivers, change clothes, etc. I-70 can have heavy traffic so it is best to check travel conditions when planning your drive.

Traveling East or West on I-70, take exit 232 and follow US-40 West to the Town of Empire. We are in the second building on your right as you enter the Town of Empire.

**Map services such as Google Maps may recommend that you use the address: 409 Park Avenue, Idaho Springs, CO. This is different than our actual address but will take you to the correct location.

It is important to remember you are entering a wild and uncontrolled environment. However, Downstream Adventures has gone to great lengths to make our trips as safe as possible. We ensure all our guides, at a minimum, have been certified in CPR/First Aid and trained in life-saving swiftwater rescue techniques.

It’s not common, we don’t expect people to fall in. It does happen occasionally, in most cases you’ll be quickly pulled back into the boat by your professional River Guide. There is no need to worry, we cover this in our safety orientation.

Yes, but you’ll have a wetsuit and all the gear to keep warm and comfortable on the water. Earlier in the season the water is snow melt. In the summer you might not need a wetsuit.

Downstream Adventures offer a variety of exciting trips! Choose between Middle Clear Creek – beginner, Upper Clear Creek – intermediate, Lower Canyon – advanced, and Full-River Trip – advanced-intermediate. If you’re travelling with children we recommend our beginner or intermediate courses. Our advanced trip and full day trip are not for the faint-hearted! We recommend you have previous rafting experience and a real sense of adventure!

Customers will receive a full refund minus a 10% cancellation fee for cancellations before 48 hours from the trip time. No refunds are given 48 hours or less from the trip time. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

Yes! In the unlikely event that we have to cancel for whatever reason, you’ll be offered a full refund or the option to reschedule your trip.

We don’t let a small thing like a bit of rain hold us back! The weather is fast-moving in the mountains, and so rain never lasts for too long. Part of the experience is getting splashed and being wet, and we have the gear for you 🙂 In the very rare occasions we cancel the trip, a full refund is offered or the option to reschedule your trip.

We recommend you wear lots of layers (synthetic fleece and wool) for the colder winter months. Cotton does not retain heat when it’s wet and so is not recommended. Tops, bottoms, socks and anything else warm (not cotton) come in handy during early season and on rainy days.
Please make sure you wear a bathing suit underneath the wetsuit we provide.

You should bring shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. No crocs or any kind of flip flops, and if you wear sandals they must have a heel strap. You will want your footwear to stay on in the event of a swim! Wool, fleece, or neoprene socks will help keep you warm on chilly days. We rent booties for $3.

A sense of adventure and a positive attitude! For our advanced trips, we recommend rafters have previously completed a Class III-IV trip.

Yes, depending on what trip you choose. Our beginner trips are suitable for children over the age of 5.

Clear Creek is a fascinating place of natural beauty and history! Why not take advantage of the stunning location with another adrenaline-fuelled activity like ziplining, or drive up the highest altitude paved road in the US and reach the top of the 14,271 ft peak of Mt Evans on this 28 mile drive! Explore the remnants of our rich gold-mining history with a tour of Argo Gold Mine and Mill and Georgetown Loop Railroad (ride the railroad!). Or if you´re thirsty after all that rafting, you can check out Coor´s brewery. In our shop we offer discount cards for pub/restaurant Tommyknocker’s Brewery (free pint with your meal!). You can find more information about Clear Creek County here and Idaho Springs here.

Looking for lodging nearby?

For lodging needs in the Winter Park area, we recommend Winter Park Escapes

Staying in Summit County? We recommend Five Diamond Lodging Company for all your lodging needs in that area.

If you decide to bring a camera, we recommend it is a disposal one! The river is hungry and likes to swallow valuables.

Traveling West on I-70, take exit 235 and travel 100 yards until you see our shop on the right. Traveling East on I-70, take exit 234 and turn left to pass through the overpass. At the stop sign, take a right onto County Rd 308, avoiding the exit ramp to your immediate right. Continue for 1 mile without turning and you will find our shop on your left.

We offer a delicious wrap lunch and sides. If you have special dietary requirements, please get in touch with us beforehand and we’ll do our best accommodate your needs.

It is important to arrive at our base 15 minutes before your scheduled trip time in order to sign waivers, change clothes, etc. I-70 can have heavy traffic so it is best to check travel conditions when planning your drive.

We offer ACA certified Swiftwater Rescue Courses. Dates for courses are tentative and based on minimum booking requirements. Please contact us for availability.

Yes! We have a professional photographer who captures the moments you don’t want to forget! We guarantee about 12-15 photos! You can buy the photos directly from us after your trip, or via this website.

Yes, you’ll need to sign a waiver before any of our trips. You can sign it online here.

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