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Independent Whitewater

493 reviews
Salida, CO, USA
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About Independent Whitewater
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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I've only been rafting once in my life and was very eager to try out the Arkansas River. A quick google search provided several different companies and I was a bit unsure which to choose. We were staying at the beautiful Mountain Goat Lodge up...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jennipher F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just got back from our Colorado adventure and are so glad we spontaneously decided to book a rafting trip with Independent Whitewater! Wiley made booking it a breeze and answered all my questions! When we arrived John & Wiley got us all suited up...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank mandy k
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We had a great experience, our guide was very friendly and made the trip fun! The water level was a little low but we Still had a very fun ride. I would high recommend this company👍

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Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mwheeler24
Reviewed August 25, 2018

We are a family of 4 that was looking for a fun but not overly challenging raft trip. Our kids (ages 8 and 13) had no rafting experience at all, so we didn’t want to intimidate them on their first excursion. But we also still...More

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Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MHW2013
Reviewed August 23, 2018

My son and I had a fantastic trip with our guide, Bible and the rest of the crew at Independent Whitewater. Everything was fantastic and we would certainly do it again!

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Date of experience: August 2018
Thank WGM86
Reviewed August 19, 2018

The stand-up comedy routine in the van was a pretty good ice-breaker, and while the raft-switching routine by the guides early on in the trip was a little off-putting, the good-natured fun between the guides for our group (three rafts) was contagious and everyone had...More

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Date of experience: August 2018
Thank eahoyt
Reviewed August 17, 2018

We always love Independent Whitewater. Been coming here for what, 20 years now? Wow! Guides are always a blast, even when the water is low. The owner is great (Mike), and the grill (newer) has some awesome eats and brews. Highly recommend this for your...More

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Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tahursh
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Everything was great!!! Our Guide "BUBBA" was very assuring and knowledgable about rafting and Colorado in general.Thank you soooo much. This was my 4th time with IW.

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Date of experience: August 2018
Thank banders99
Reviewed August 12, 2018

We had an incredible time on the river with these guys! The only thing I wish could have been different was that Cam was a little more talkative or knowing about the area. He did share some stories/ information, but it felt like the other...More

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Date of experience: August 2018
Thank breedloveemily
Reviewed August 11, 2018

We were not disappointed with our guide. He did a great job throughout the experience. I was disappointed in that when I called to make a reservation I told the lady that we were an older group looking for at least level 3 thrills. The...More

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Date of experience: August 2018
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haleyr650
January 29, 2018|
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Response from MalloryA8416 | Reviewed this property |
Well, I wouldn't say there is a 'time'. We have gone in June before and we have gone in August. I would call them to check the level of intensity of the rapids. If the water is too low, the rapids aren't as good.
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Melissa M
July 1, 2015|
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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
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