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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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Great family raft trip

They were very considerate of our 7 year old and planned a trip that was just the right amount of exciting, safe and fun. Great people, gorgeous scenery and fun whitewater!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
Elizabeth D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

They were very considerate of our 7 year old and planned a trip that was just the right amount of exciting, safe and fun. Great people, gorgeous scenery and fun whitewater!

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

These guys are great! They give you are real personalized feeling on the river. Pingpong in the shop, digital pics, full gear for your trip and just the right amount of reassurances that you won't die but not too much that it scares the heck out of you. A great option away from the mass outfitters where you are otherwise... More 

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Santa Fe NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This was our second adventure with Independent Whitewater. We have chosen them because they're small enough to be personal,big enough to be a pro outfit. They provided great equipment(wetsuits,etc)and got the group loaded up for the short 15 minute drive to put-in promptly. Dan,our guide,was experienced and friendly.He does have some fantasy issue with Harrison Ford and the Nathrop footbridge.😁... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Opening day with Independent White Water was such a memorable experience! My boyfriend and I went with one other couple and our awesome raft guide, Jon. The weather wasn't the best that day (it snowed!), but they geared us up with wet suits and rain gear, and we were on our way! The feeling I felt about this company was... More 

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We (Mom,Dad & sons age 14 & 16)had a great day of rafting with Independent Whitewater. Our guide, Zach, was very good at getting us all comfortable with the boat, paddling and safety before we took off. Had a lot of fun 'surfing' some of the rapids and the scenery was beautiful. Zach's knowledge of the local wildlife, geography and... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

What an excellent trip! A slow start with the rapids, but then it got really nice :) Loved it! The water was freezing cold (+10Celcius or less), but cristal clear... Excellent guides and with a boat full of first timers ( I was the only one with experience), she took us safely through the river. Don´t bring your camera /phone... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Highly skilled guides, great river (Arkansas), shorter ride to launch than other companies and 2 additional rapids than everyone else. Best value, awesome guides who confidently take even newbies down the rapids. Don't expect to take any pictures. There are cameras though mounted above some of the rapids. It is $20 for one photo so you'll have to cough up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My daughter and I did a day down Brown's Canyon and a day down Royal Gorge. Our guide, Prester, was awesome. Had lots of fun surfing and smooshing rocks. He did a first class job and knew quite a bit about the river. Everyone at IW was friendly and helpful. I highly recommend them.

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Grand Prairie, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were dry camping in the Monarch Campground for a week in August. I talked my 60 year old parents, my 30 year old brother and my 16 year old niece into going Rafting with me. I originally was going to take Numbers (Class IV rapids) but decided on the Browns Canyon as it is only Class II and Class... More 

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Smithville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

took my family on a Browns Canyon 1/2 day float, our guide Miller was awesome!! he was great with my kids ages 11 & 13, who loved every minute of it, my 11 year old who is usually a afraid to do things even did the cliff jump, and then climbed back up and did it again, I would recommend... More 

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