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Independent Whitewater

10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
+1 719-539-7737
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Browns Canyon National Monument Rafting Trip
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Independent Whitewater is Salida's local river connection, we offer trips for all skill levels. Whether you’re scenic Salida floats, advanced whitewater rafting, or the longest half-day trip through Browns Canyon National Monument, we have a trip to fit your needs. Family-owned and operated, Independent Whitewater has been in business in Salida for 35 years and has a strong dedication to safety and good old-fashioned American fun. Come spend the day with Wiley and Mike, Independent Whitewater's owners, along with their highly trained and professional staff. Another great reason to raft with Independent Whitewater is that our Browns Canyon rafting trips end on private property, which means you'll beat the crowds and go through rapids that other rafting companies don't. More Miles, More Smiles! Give us a call today to schedule your trip!
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10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our Scout Venture Crew came from Oklahoma for a week of high adventure in Colorado. One of our favorite experiences was rafting down the Arkansas river through Independent Whitewater. From talking with Mike and Wiley to book our trip and ask what to expect to...More

Thank Nathan K
Reviewed 2 days ago

Joe was our guide and he was great! I took a group of teenagers and my 8 year old boy with me on the Brown's Canyon bonus half day. I was a little worried because the water is really high this year but my worry...More

Thank Tonidelisa
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went with a group of friends in June. They had wetsuits, booties, and splash jackets for very cheap to rent, water is cold so get them :) our guide was awesome. Had a good attitude, knew his stuff about the river, and made the trip...More

Thank maci_604
Reviewed 4 days ago

We signed up for this trip online in advance of our visiting Independent Whitewater. We downloaded the waiver forms online and had them filled out before the trip and it really saved time. They offered discounts online when booking which was great. Those that answered...More

Thank lisa m
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great staff! We dropped by in June to plan out our company Campout 2017 and Excursions for 60 + employees and their families. They are so good at working with us on details from camping sites, white water rafting and a Big Catered Dinner. We...More

Thank Tammy J
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We can't wait till July, Tammy! I'm glad you've had great prior experiences with us. We'll see you soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went on a 12.5 mile whitewater rafting trip in the Arkansas River with Independent Rafting with a group of eight in one raft. Great time. Flint was a fabulous guide! Loved the rock n roll music in the van! We sailed through.

Thank Jeffrey C
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Jeffrey, I'm very happy to hear you and your group had an awesome time! Great taste in music as well. Come back and see us again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Tremendously exciting trip down the Arkansas with brilliant guides Megan and Wilson. Helpful and patient staff with everyone, including first timers. Go with Independent!

Thank Rosalyn Z
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I'm pumped to hear you enjoyed being on the river with Megan and Wilson, Rosalyn! Thanks so much for giving us a review. I hope you'll join us on the Arkansas again sometime. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend this rafting company!! Ive rafted many times in Colorado and this stretch of the river has been the best by far! We had Devin and Bubby as our rat guides and both were extremely knowledgeable and part of the team that won events...More

Thank Katie Q
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I'm so happy we could show you a great time, Katie! It's wonderful to hear that Devin and Bubby could take care of you. Come by and see us again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 6 days ago

From the second you are greeted by the friendly office staff until the time you pull out of the lot, it is an experience second to none. Do not hesitate to book with IW. We are a family of 5 with very little rafting experience....More

Thank giantfan5150
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I'm so happy to see your enthusiasm for us! I'm thrilled Joe was able to take care of you and your wonderful family. Thanks so much for your review, and I hope we'll be seeing you again soon in the future. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our three Louisiana families were looking for a rafting trip and Independent was referred to us by someone in Copper Mountain and I do understand why! The 8 of us booked a trip with them and we brought our 9,10, and 11 year olds. The...More

Thank dr_nola
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I'm glad we could show you folks from Louisiana a great time! It was a pleasure for us to serve you, and it's wonderful to hear that the whole family enjoyed the adventure. I look forward to seeing you all again. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Melissa M
How do I dress? Will tours be cancelled if flood stage is too high? How far in advance do I need to make reservations?
2 July 2015|
Response from Guruofgroceries | Reviewed this property |
My understanding from reading news reports,they are rafting what would normally be less challenging stretches.Best bet,call the guides at Independent Whitewater! Attire: swimsuit or shirt and shorts.not cotton.Unless it's... More