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Independent Whitewater

10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
+1 719-539-7737
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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
+1 719-539-7737
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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday

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
Reviewed 2 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
Reviewed 2 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
Reviewed 3 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
Reviewed 3 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
Reviewed 4 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

My uncle and I did a day trip and booked Independent Whitewater on a whim. And I am so glad we did! Joe and all of the rest of the guides were welcoming, encouraging and hilarious. They made it so much fun! Everyone was so...More

Thank Caitlin P
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're glad you had followed that whim, Caitlin! It's always our hope that you'll have a blast with our guides out on the water. Thanks for your review, and we hope to see you again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the full day of rafting and had a great day. Our guides were very professional and informative. When we stopped for lunch we were expecting something simple, but instead we got fresh cut vegetables a variety of deli meats, and fruit and even...More

Thank 821moose
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for the love! It was our pleasure to make sure you had a great time out on the river -- and to make sure you were well fed. Come back again soon to see us again! -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great time, great company. Our guide Wilson took great care of us. Highly recommended! Our teen and preteen kids enjoyed their first big river.

Thank Mike F
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Mike, I'm thrilled to hear that you really loved your time on the water with us! It was great serving you and your family. Thanks for your review -- we'll be looking forward to a return journey soon. -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