Raft in History with Mile Hi Rafting!

Learn the History of Clear Creek Country


Mile Hi offers rafting and ATV tours on the steepest raftable river in Colorado. This stream gives advanced adrenaline junkies and beginners a ride of their life! This area provides some of the richest beauty in mountain scenery, wildlife and even history! Have you ever wondered who has crossed these mountain paths before you? Well, Mile Hi Rafting has and they have some history to go along with your rafting or ATV adventure. Read about it here and then come tour a piece of history on Clear Creek!

History of Clear Creek County

Arkansas River Rapids

On January 7, 1859, the first major gold strike was made in Idaho Springs by George Jackson. George attempted to keep his findings a secret, although after he paid for supplies with gold dust, the secret leaked out. The town became inundated with miners April of the same year. The first settlement was actually established two miles above Idaho Springs and was named Spanish Bar, due to the evidence of earlier gold found by the Spanish Conquistadors in same area. This instantly brought many miners and gold diggers to the area, all in search of making it big with a tiny piece of gold rock.

Clear Creek is one of three counties left in the state with its original boundaries. As more miners moved into the county, it expanded past the boundaries quickly. Miners began prospecting west along Clear Creek leading to Silver Plume silver mine, which created a booming miner’s community spreading out from Idaho Springs to Georgetown. Legend has it that Idaho Springs got its name from an Indian Chief and his tribe who made annual visits to the radium hot springs every year from Idaho.

Come Raft In A Piece of History with Mile Hi Rafting!

Untitled image (8)Join us and make history for yourselves with a white water rafting trip with your family and friends. Mile Hi Rafting offers professionally guided white water rafting and ATV tours. We provide all the gear- wet suits, splash jackets, PFD, helmets and ATV’s. We have trips for any ability and adventure level! Our pricing and location make it ideal for day trips and vacations. Kids are always welcome on any of our trips!  We pride ourselves in being flexible and will help you arrange any combination of options to create your own experience. Call us today to create your dream vacation!

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