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Address: 2350 Riverside Dr., Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Phone Number: +1 800-997-3448
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Description: One of Colorado's oldest and most trusted Colorado Whitewater Rafting...
One of Colorado's oldest and most trusted Colorado Whitewater Rafting companies - NOW partnering with the Colorado Adventure Center! Fun, affordable, Colorado River Rafting near Denver, Colorado - Only 35 minutes from Downtown Denver, Highside Adventure Tours (HAT) has all you and your family need for Colorado Whitewater Rafting. Offering Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced sections on Clear Creek, HAT has Class I-V white water covered. ALSO - Colorado Zipline Adventures peaking your interest? Located only a couple minutes from our Colorado River Rafting location in the Argo Gold Mine and Mill, HAT is now offering Colorado Zipline Adventures on one of Colorado's LONGEST and FASTEST zipline courses. Call 877-ZIP-RAFT to Book Your Colorado Adventures Today!
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White Water rafting FUN!!

Our group of 7 had fabulous fun running class 3-4 rapids in mid-July on Clear Creek. Our guide, Alex, was very skilled and we all enjoyed his stories along the way. The rafting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2014
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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our group of 7 had fabulous fun running class 3-4 rapids in mid-July on Clear Creek. Our guide, Alex, was very skilled and we all enjoyed his stories along the way. The rafting trip changes quickly as the water levels change week to week. If you are hosting friends, you won't be bored with a repeat visit. I recommend the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I read on some reviews that people felt they were never in danger. I wish I could say that this was true. I did a beginner trip in Bend Oregon and it was great; never once felt like it was dangerous. Within the first 5 minutes of this trip, however, I had a very different feeling. We hit a "bump"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had an amazing time with our 8,10 and 12 year old kids, a great memory that we will never forget! Our tour guide was Karen and she was nice and very knowledgeable! We felt very safe and enjoyed every moment! We would totally recommend this company to other families. This company was very professional and efficient.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My wife and I conquered a raft/zip combo and had a blast. This was the first time either of us trief either activity, but the guides made it easy. Thanks Ryan for the rafting trip, and a big thanks to Sid, Tory, and Candice for the zipping awesomeness!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

On a siblings reunion, we took our family of 50- and 60-year olds on the zip line tour alongside Clear Creek (and Interstate 70) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Most of us are not particularly athletic but we had a great time anyway. Only one problem was the climb up the first tower was done a little to quickly and one... More 

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Stu B, Public Relations Manager at Highside Adventure Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, doulos8! We are always looking at ways to improve our operation. It is with reviews such as yours that allow us to get direct feedback from our guests and participants, allowing us to better our operation day by day. We will look into everything that you posted here on this review... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Zipping and Rafting with Highside Adventure Tours and Colorado Adventure Center, all in one day. Zipped in the am, rafted in the pm. What a double combo of fun! We had a blast. Two new towers added to the zip fun, flying along Clear Creek listening to the rushing waters. Rafted the intermediate section and we loved it. Water level... More 

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Stu B, Public Relations Manager at Highside Adventure Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review our Idaho Springs Basecamp, gcraft! The new expansion on the zipline course has definitely put us at the top of the world, so to speak. Now, we have over 5,000 feet of zipline cable on 8 separate ziplines. It is truly an experience that you will never forget. Thanks again for the review,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We had a great time with this company. They were so informative, safe and friendly. Our family made some amazing memories. We would highly recommend this company, we will be using them in the future for more great adventures! Thank you Highside Adventure Tours

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Stu B, Public Relations Manager at Highside Adventure Tours, responded to this review

Thank you, starfire88, for the awesome review! We are super appreciative to everyone who comes and visits our Idaho Springs Basecamp. However, we absolutely love it when those people share their experience with the rest of the world. Thank you again, and we hope to see you again real soon! More 

Golden, Colorado
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176 reviews 176 reviews
67 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

It was our first time ever to zip line and instructions were pretty straightforward. It was the perfect day out and we had fun zipping over trees and the river. We had a good sized group and the guides/instructors were always on hand to assist if needed. The course is great for beginners, although, we could've used a bit more... More 

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Stu B, Public Relations Manager at Highside Adventure Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the review ex-globetrottingbabe. We sure do appreciate you taking the time to review us after your experience on our Idaho Springs Canopy Zipline Course. Although we are always glad to hear a great review, we are upset that the course did not meet your expectations in the adrenaline department. Have you tried Whitewater Rafting? We have an... More 

Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Our group took a chance and booked a rafting trip down the Arkansas River, Browns Canyon, in Buena Vista, Colorado. We had two guides, Zach and Ian, and they were fabulous! We are from various states (fam reunion) but would go back tomorrow if we could!

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CACHeadquarters, Guest Relations Manager at Highside Adventure Tours, responded to this review

First, KAP862, thank you for being one of our participants at our Buena Vista Basecamp, as well as taking the time to share your experience with the rest of the world here on Trip Advisor. Zach and Ian are both an absolute joy to have on our staff, and we can only hope to continue to have great guides like... More 

Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Family and I took a trip up to Idaho Springs and Highside. We had a blast the whole time. From the quarter-mile zip line over Clear Creek, (which our guides informed us was the longest tower-to-tower zip line in colorado), to the class 4 rapids on our white water rafting trip. Parker, our tour guide on the raft trip, was... More 

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CACHeadquarters, Guest Relations Manager at Highside Adventure Tours, responded to this review

Thank you, Sean D., for taking the time to review our Idaho Springs Basecamp. Here at Highside Adventure Tours, as well as the rest of the Colorado Adventure Center's basecamps, we strive to deliver the best and longest lasting experience possible to every one of our guests. It seems we have done just that with you and your family. It... More 

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