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Independent Whitewater

10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
+1 719-539-7737
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A great experience rafting in Brown's Canyon

We had an amazing day doing the full day rafting at Browns Canyon. Our guide Evan was a great guy... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
karl&christine
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Excellent Customer Service!!!

My wife and I, along with another couple, made a last minute reservation for horseback riding at... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
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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 19 August 2017

We had an amazing day doing the full day rafting at Browns Canyon. Our guide Evan was a great guy, who was extremely friendly and impressed us with knowledge and skills on the river. Our sons thought he was a cool guy. Independent Whitewater made...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

I'm so happy to hear you had an awesome time with us! Thanks for your review, and we hope to see you again very soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I, along with another couple, made a last minute reservation for horseback riding at Granite Mountain Outfitters via Independent Whitewater. Unfortunately, the restaurant, bar and time of our ride advertised on Independent were not on site at Granite Mountain. Sue at Granite...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

I'm glad we could get things figures out and squared away for you. Thanks for your patience, and I hope we'll be seeing you again sometime. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had the best time on this all day whitewater rafting ride with Independent Whitewater. Our guide, Joe, gave us an exciting whitewater ride by finessing our raft thru rough waters, boulders and tight spaces like threading a needle. My first whitewater...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Joe knows his stuff on the Arkansas River, Alban! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with him. Thanks for your review, and I hope to see you again. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

My son and I decided to take a rafting trip while vacationing in Colorado. We had an incredible rafting adventure! Joe, our rafting guide, was everything you could ask for in a guide.He was knowledgeable, funny, and charming. I was a bit apprehensive, but within...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thanks for your review! We certainly enjoyed having you with us on the water, and hope to see you again very soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 11 August 2017

My husband and I took the Brown's Canyon half-day trip with our twin eight-year-old sons. None of us had ever rafted before, but the professional staff and our terrific guide, Cameron, took care of all the details. I was slightly anxious about one of our...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

I'm so happy you and your family had such a wonderful experience with us! Thanks so much for giving your feedback, and I look forward to seeing you again very soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 11 August 2017

Our family, ages 10 to 68, floated through Brown's Canyon on August 8 with Joe as our guide, a half day trip. Concerns about what to wear and would we be too cold or hot etc. were set at ease by the friendly helpful staff....More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Like I said on Yelp, it was such a joy to have you and your family with us! Drop back by to adventure with us again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 10 August 2017

This was a great experience to have while visiting Colorado. I highly recommend it. The tour took a total of about 31/2 or so hours, covering about 12 miles of the Arkansas River. Throughout the ride my family and I used a very coordinated effort,...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Jennifer, I'm so happy to hear you had an awesome time with us! It really was our pleasure to make sure you were all taken care of on the river. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Haley was the perfect guide. Knowledgeable about the river and sights. For our family, this was the highlight of our trip to Colorado. Would jump at the chance to do it again!

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

I'm happy to hear we could give you such a highlight! Thanks for your feedback, and hope to see you again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 8 August 2017

My wife and I went whitewater rafting for the first time on our honeymoon with Independent Whitewater. Our raft guide John was incredibly knowledgable about the wildlife and areas along the Arkansas River, and kept the float entertaining and fun for us and the family...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Jeremy, it was awesome having you and your wife with us on the Arkansas! thanks so much for your feedback, and we'll be seeing you again very soon I hope. -Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

First time to whitewater raft. Awesome experience! Alli was amazing. Evan was also great! Fabulous lunch. 8 people in our group. You won't regret rafting with Independent Whitewater!

Thank Catina N
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Catina, I'm happy to hear that you had a great time on the river! Thanks a ton for your support, and I hope we'll be seeing you again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

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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
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