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Independent Whitewater

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 40 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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Bdbanshee wrote a review Sep 2020
Bartlesville, Oklahoma403 contributions72 helpful votes
We booked a half day afternoon whitewater trip in Browns Canyon for the four of us. We were assigned Jay as our guide, and Jared was our shuttle driver. We were all fitted with gear and Jared drove us up to Buena Vista to put the rafts in. Jay gave us detailed instructions on what to do before each set of rapids, and called out exactly when and how to paddle the raft. The whole group stopped for a break at a large rock, and those that wanted to climbed up and jumped off into the river. The trip resumed and we even got to see several bighorn sheep along the way. All the other raft companies pulled out at the same spot and our group kept going for a couple more miles through really fun additional rapids. We definitely chose the best company to take us down the river, and Browns Canyon was the perfect backdrop. Jay and Jared kept us entertained between rapids with Jay’s stories, and Jared’s knowledge of the history of the area. We had a great time and would definitely come back and do this again!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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CDM wrote a review Sep 2020
Edwards, Colorado1 contribution
My family booked the Browns Canyon rafting trip for mid August during our Colorado Staycation. This was definitely the highlight of our trip. Our guide Mike was just right. He was clearly an expert in his role and made the trip through the Canyon fun and feel very safe. He was particularly great with my 10 year old daughter. He made her feel included and made sure she had fun! We are definitely planning to book another trip with Independent Whitewater next year!
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LorenzVonminden wrote a review Aug 2020
La Grange, Texas1 contribution
awesome waters,great weather,awesome personal,lots to see and experience at and around area,good prices
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swped wrote a review Aug 2020
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We had a great time whitewater rafting with Independent Whitewater. If you have water shoes great, but instead of ruining your sneakers, rent their booties!
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Owais R wrote a review Aug 2020
Bronxville, New York22 contributions1 helpful vote
The team was absolutely fantastic. Jay was our "skipper" and he was excellent in training the newbies and also keeping everyone safe. highly recommend using this team for white water rafting experience.
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