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Independent Whitewater

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Address: 10830 CR 165, Salida, CO 8120
Phone Number: (719) 539-7737
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First whitewater trip and it was awesome

If you want to do Rafting Close to Salida, do it with this Company. It's private owned, small Business, perfect to communicate with. The guides are a little crazy, but passionate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 22, 2015
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102 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

If you want to do Rafting Close to Salida, do it with this Company. It's private owned, small Business, perfect to communicate with. The guides are a little crazy, but passionate and experienced. More direct experience than with bigger companies. The extra rapids because of their private take out are great.Very individual experience and worth it's Money!

Thank family5SC
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This was my first whitewater rafting trip and I wasn't sure what to expect. It was amazing! Our guide was Ryan "Cheers" and he was super friendly, knowledgeable and cracked jokes along the way. It was very high water and I appreciated how we got out of the raft and scouted two of the more challenging locations, and he explained... More 

Thank Amy P
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We hit IWW up just a few days before they closed for the season. It was low water so the whitewater was not too rough- but still challenging. While we'd have preferred a "little more action" our guide was absolutely entertaining and had an excellent attitude even when we managed to get the raft completely stuck and then lost a... More 

Thank jkffx7
Scaggsville, Maryland, United States
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

We had an awesome time on our raft trip! We booked the 8:15 am trip and were a little worried we would be cold as it was 55 degrees then. But it warmed up considerably by the time we got on the water and the water temperature was very refreshing. The water was pretty low but we still had quite... More 

Thank Laurette D
San Antonio, Tx
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31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

That's right. IW is the only rafting company (and there are about 50 or 60) that gives you an extra two miles of rafting. And these two miles have the best rapids of the whole trip through Brown's Canyon. The owner of IW uses his own place on the river for pickup. Helpful hints: Ask for Dan for raft guide.... More 

Thank Michael M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

We came to Colorado for a bike race on Saturday and needed something fun to do with the family on the Friday before. We found it! It was pure happenstance that we found and booked with IW, but we are sure glad we did. Our expectations were definitely met and then some. Everyone we dealt with at the company was... More 

Thank Sarah C
Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Wow - I can't say enough positive things about IW. Everyone is super friendly, the trip was awesome, the food truck on site and on the water is excellent, and the pricing was reasonable. They have tons of options (like gentler floats for kids), but since we wanted some real rapids, we did the Numbers trip. Absolute blast and the... More 

Thank Li W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Being our first raft trip, ever, from start to finish we had a great time. First, the guides and staff were terrific- even offering fishing advice while we waited in the lobby. Second, they all respected our time as we had to beat a storm and got off promptly. Third, the guides were a blast to ride with to the... More 

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79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

this was by far the best whitewater rafting experience I have had. the water level was lower but we still got plenty of splashes sitting up front. our guide John could not have been better engaging everyone in jokes and trivial info throughout the trip. if yo want a great trip, book with Independent!

Thank highlandertx
Chariton, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This company was recommended by my daughter (a local) , and they are great. They have a private take out location which allows for two more rapids, and they may be the best ones. The guide and all of the people were super cool, and we will definitely use them again ! Do NOT miss this adventure !!!

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