FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: TUBING

Where do I park?

Golden: This is an outdoor walk-in tube stand. Please do not park in Gold Apartments parking lot. Limited parking available in spaces along Jackson Street or Water Street adjacent to Parfet Park. More parking available in the Downtown Parking Garage in Prospector’s Alley, Golden, CO 80401 (a 5 minute walk from the tube stand).

Littleton: Park on Breckenridge Brewery property.

What should I wear/bring?

Wear a bathing suit, sunscreen, and water shoes. We rent  (just $5) and sell water shoes (just $12) so just come on down!

What gear do you rent or sell?

We have water shoes for rent (just $5) or purchase (just $12) as well as sunscreen, sunglasses, sunglass straps, dry bags, water, and waterproof phone cases all for sale for reasonable prices.

What is the float like?

The Clear Creek is an exciting tubing adventure through the whitewater play park in Golden (see video). You rent the tube at our VW “Tube Bus” near the take-out and walk up the river path and choose from a variety of put-ins. The walk up and float back is generally 1 hour. Most people like to do the round-trip tubing adventure 2 or 3 times.

The South Platte River is primarily a flat water, more mellow float through a nature preserve with one small to medium-sized kayak chute (rapid) marked clearly by two signal boulders on either side (see video). There are also a few optional larger kayak chutes for more adventurous tubers located after our clearly marked take-out. The float generally takes anywhere from 1 ½ to 3 hours depending upon the time of season, mother nature, and the dam release above our put-in location that day.

Is alcohol allowed on the creek or river?

No. Golden and Littleton have open container laws so no alcohol is allowed in or along the creeks or rivers. BUT…great news! If you are of age, you end at Breckenridge Brewery at our Littleton location and, in Golden, there are variety of local breweries within walking distance after you are done tubing!

Will I get wet?

Yes, you are tubing on a creek or river. Getting wet is part of the fun!

What happens if I fall out of my tube?

Try to swim to your tube if water is calm. In fast moving water, keep your feet up and forward so you are floating down the river feet first and navigate using your hands as paddles. Do not try to get out of the river in swift current; instead swim to the side once the water is calm. If you can’t get to your tube because it is stuck somewhere hard to get, or it floats down river and you can’t find it by walking the river path, put your own safety first and report where you last saw the tube to Adventure West.

How many people fit in a tube?

Single tubes fit one person and doubles fit two. Only one person per single tube for your safety.

Is it safe for kids/are there age requirements?

Golden: Kids tubing in the Clear Creek should be solid swimmers and we require lifejackets and recommend helmets. Adults should also wear a lifejacket in order to more easily and safely assist their children if they fall out of their tube. Click here to find out the current river flow as we are open for certain age ranges in Golden depending upon flow rate for your safety. When you put safety first, kids are generally grinning after a day of tubing!

Littleton: The South Platte River is controlled by a dam release, which regulates water flow coming down from our mountains and gives us more controlled floating environment even early season. This is a generally a kid-friendly float (with adult supervision) for most of the season as it is mainly flat water, with just one small to medium sized chute/rapid in the middle of the float. Children should be at least 5 years of age and have swimming skills. We offer pool noodles to attach parents to their children so that they stay together as smaller children sometimes have trouble paddling or walking the tube at the take-out by themselves. In the rare situation where the dam release is increased significantly above the normal flow range we will call ahead to any families with younger children who have reservations to offer options. 

Do I need a life jacket and helmet; are they required?

Lifejackets are strongly recommended and free. Helmets are recommended and free. Children 12 and under must wear a lifejacket.

What happens if I lose my tube or damage it?

We do our best to repair tubes that have small leaks and not charge you, but if you shred the tube (which is really hard to do because they are super durable) or if you lose the tube and we can’t recover it then you are responsible to pay us the replacement fee for that type of tube (single or double). Sometimes, if someone loses a tube, a “tube angel” downriver will return it to us since our phone number is right on it. We love that and we don’t charge you if it’s returned. It is rare that a tube is lost.

Do you provide shuttle transportation?

We do not offer a shuttle service at our Golden tube rental location because it is an easy walk to most of the put-ins and the furthest drop off point for vehicles is only ½ mile from the tube stand.

Littleton is a reservations required, tube shuttle and rental package only. Booking is online right here on our website.

What about inclement weather?

We are generally open rain or shine!

Golden: If Adventure West deems the river or weather conditions to be unfavorable or unsafe for tubing, then we will not rent tubes during that time (e.g. thunder and lightening). We cannot be held responsible if the weather changes after you rent a tube from us; you must use good judgment and keep yourself safe!

Littleton: Unless we contact you ahead of time to cancel your booked trip due to unsafe weather conditions, please show up at your scheduled time rain or shine. Colorado generally has sunny weather with very occasional brief passing rainstorms during the summer season. If there is lightening or thunder at the time of your check-in we will consult radar and talk with you about options such as waiting it out, rebooking, or refunding. No refunds will be given to no-shows if we have not cancelled the trip. If you are floating down the river and a sudden storm rolls in with lightening and/or thunder, exit the river and seek shelter under one of the many of the structures along the way.

What can I bring in my tube?

There is no storage area in a tube. It is best to eat snacks or meals before or after your float so that we don’t pollute the beautiful Clear Creek or South Platte River. We do rent and sell dry bags if there are things you would like to bring along.

How do I steer my tube?

You use your hands to paddle and paddling backwards is much easier and more effective. You have to paddle more to get from the side of the river back into the current, versus paddling a little to stay in the current. If you are going around in circles in an eddy, enjoy the ride and paddle hard as you circle back toward the middle of the stream in order to get back into the current.

Can I bring my dog?

No. We love dogs and want them to stay safe. Tubes don’t hold dogs well and we don’t have lifejackets for them. Also, dogs tend to panic and scratch the people with them.

Do I need a reservation?

In Golden we are usually a walk-up stand, but DUE TO COVID-19 WE ARE ONLINE RESERVATIONS ONLY FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. We are limiting the number of people at our tube stand standing in line to ensure we can adhere to rules and guidelines put forth for the outdoor recreation industry by the state of Colorado. Many thanks for your flexibility this year!

In Littleton, you must have an online reservation, as tube shuttle space is limited for each trip.

How long is the trip?

Golden: You rent a tube and go as much or as little as you like. You can work around your schedule that day.

Littleton: The float is generally between 1 ½ to 3 hours, depending upon the dam release that day. Dam release is determined by the CO Division of Water and is subject to change daily.

Are water shoes required?

Water shoes are strongly recommended as the creek and river bottoms have sharp stones, sticks, etc. and the walk up the river path in Golden is on hot pavement. Quote from a customer about our water shoe rental…”Best $5 ever spent!”

Do you have lockers?

Golden: We have lockers free of charge. They are located inside a small outbuilding and only our employees enter to store or retrieve your things. Store at your own risk. Please leave valuables locked and hidden in your car or at home.

Littleton: We have bins for each trip time that we store in our tube trailer and staff is onsite monitoring the check-in area at all times. Store at your own risk. Please leave valuables locked and hidden in your car or at home.

Can I bring a cooler?

No coolers allowed on the river per park rules. Coolers tend to spill their contents all over the river when you go over the rapids on the Clear Creek or the medium-sized kayak chute on the South Platte River.

How deep is the water?

The water depth changes throughout the season. Generally, there are places you can easily stand up in slower moving sections of water and the water tends to be deeper (sometimes 6-8 feet) right at the bottom of a rapid.

Is there a group discount or are there other deals?

Yes. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for a discount on weekdays if you call us and mention this when you are booking. We also have punch cards for frequent tube renters at our Golden location- every fourth tube rental is free! Punch cards are specific to the individual named on the card (non-transferable).