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Independent Whitewater

10830 CR 165, Salida, CO 8120
(719) 539-7737
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Ranked #3 of 16 activities in Salida
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Simi Valley
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

What a wonderful trip! IW is a small company. Our little flotilla included only three rafts on the afternoon we "sailed." However, when I saw other companies putting scores of rafts in the water all together, I was very grateful not to be in those massive groups. We got excellent, personalized attention and service. Our guide Miller was wonderful--informative, funny... More

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IndependentWiley, Front Office Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Sheryl! At Independent Whitewater we strive to the provide the best service possible with a personal touch that the big companies cannot provide. We also train our guides with superior skills to provide a safe trip so that you can be confident you are in good hands on the river We look forward to seeing... More

New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

My family of 4 used IW for two half-day trips (Brown's anda n intermediate Duckie trip) durling a 4-1/2 day vacation stop in Salida. I selected IW over other options because it is locally owned (I grew up on a family business), physically convenient to Salida (10 minute drive) and it seemed like the trips would be reasonably sized groups.... More

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sunnysdad75, Front Office Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Hi NJKR, Thanks so much for your review. Hearing that our guides showed you and your kids a great time on the river, and that we added to the experience of your family vacation, makes us so happy. It's why we do what we do. Thanks so much for supporting our small business; please come back again! Take care, IW... More

Salida, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Not one of the biggest or fanciest Rafting Companies. Small outfit but prices are probably better than a bigger company. Equipment not the newest or most expensive.

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sunnysdad75, Front Office Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Hi Kristi, Thanks for your review. You're right; we aren't one of the biggest or fanciest companies, but we do try to keep our prices affordable. We also take great pride in the skills and abilities of our guides, and hope they got you down the river safely and that you and your group had a really fun trip. Thanks... More

Mebane, NC
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The real reason why we chose IW instead of the others in the area.....they were cheaper. Not by much, but we felt we did not know any different, and the trip duration was stated to be a bit longer (this is because they have a private exit beach further down the Arkansas river--the others must exit at the public area--this... More

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sunnysdad75, Front Office Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

NorthCarolina621, Wow, thanks for the fantastic review and breakdown of your trip! It makes us smile to hear that you were so satisfied in so many ways! Our private takeout does allow us to hit those last two rapids, as you said, and our guides love it, too. And we're so happy to hear that Jump Rock satisfied. We stop... More

Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

My friends and I took the 1/2 browns trip with IW and we had a great time! Such a great time in fact, that we went back the next day to do a duckie kayak trip! My friends and I can't wait to go back next summer and do the all-day "Numbers" trip. Everyone there is super knowledgeable and do... More

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sunnysdad75, Front Office Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Hey Erin, So glad you were so happy with your rafting trip that you came back for some ducky love. Isn't the Arkansas fun!?! We would love to get you down the Numbers next summer, and hope that Lawrence is treating you right. (P.S., did you know that owners Mike and Sarah are both KU alumni? Go Jayhawks!) Have a... More

Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you are ever in this neck of the woods, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not taking a day to dedicate to white water rafting with these guys. The 1/2 day or full day trips will leave you speechless from the beauty of brown's canyon and wanting more from the exhilarating experience of hitting the rapids. You will... More

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sunnysdad75, Front Office Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Brian we are glad you like Browns Canyon as much as us. At Independent Whitewater we utilize an exclusive private take-out so that you get the most canyon and maximum amount of whitewater on every trip! More

Topeka, Kansas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We went as a family on the 1/2 day Brown's Canyon trip and had so much fun. Our guide was Miller and he did a great job. He expertly guided us down the river and was very patient with our paddling. He was also a great resource. He answered every question we had about rafting and the river. He even... More

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sunnysdad75, Front Office Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Hi Katy, We're so happy that you and your family had fun on Brown's with Miller. He is truly an amazing guide! We are really proud to have him on our team. Hope to see you again for another rafting adventure. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Take care, IW staff and family More

McAllen, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

During our recent trip to Salida, CO, with my husband and friends, we took the day long white water rafting trip down Brown's Canyon and had an absolute blast. Our trip was a complete success primarily because of our guide, Miller. He was personable, knowledgeable, and an expert at his job of guiding us safely and enjoyably down the Arkansas... More

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sunnysdad75, Front Office Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Hello Maria! So glad to hear that your experience in Brown's Canyon was exciting, fun, informative and safe. We, too, think that Miller is one of the best guides rafting on any river, anywhere. Have fun in McAllen, enjoy the rest of your summer, and we get to raft with you and your crew again sometime in the future. Take... More

Carrollton, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I've been on Brown's Canyon a handful of times and always enjoy the experience but this is by far the best one. Flint was an amazing guide and very experienced. IW gives an extended trip with a couple additional rapids. We took a break about half way through and were able to jump off Jump Rock into the river! It... More

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sunnysdad75, Public Relations Manager at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

We are glad to hear that you had a great time and we can't wait to take you down the River next year! Thanks for choosing Independent Whitewater. More

Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Did the brown canyon day trip. Good guides. Not very high water early July but still some oohs and ahhs. Water wasn't to cold though some members of our group used wet suits. Try and go in a group of 6 so you fill up an entire boat to have your desired level of excitement.

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IndependentWiley, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Hey Ed, Thanks for these great tips to future rafters. Glad you had a good time! Since you're here in Colorado, think of us in May or June if you're itching for some high water fun. Feel free to call anytime to check water levels. Take care, IW staff and family More

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