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Address: 10830 CR 165, Salida, CO 8120
Phone Number: +1 719-539-7737
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Independent Whitewater is Salida's local river connection, we offer trips...

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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We booked Independent as a last minute option to our trip. We were caught in construction and late for our trip. The accommodated us and were very courteous. Our guide Joe made... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We booked Independent as a last minute option to our trip. We were caught in construction and late for our trip. The accommodated us and were very courteous. Our guide Joe made the trip interesting and exciting. His skill level was obviously well above the obstacles we faced, be he took us down alternate routes to make the trip more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My two teenage sons and I did the beginner Duckie (inflatable kayak) tour into Salida. I was worried that it would be too tame but that was definitely not an issue. There were plenty of rapids to keep us on our toes the entire time. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to do something a little more adventurous... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I cannot begin to tell you how much fun we had on this trip. The booking was so easy/informative. We got a great discount on our trip price (from their website so they advertised it!). They send reminders and updates before the trip and provided all of the the FAQs/information we needed to know before arriving. Check-in was really easy,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our groups first rafting experience, and Independent gave us a great experience. We got a great group online booking deal for our party of 6, had a super easy drive from Chalk Creek camping, and a quick check in upon arrival. I believe our guide Joe took this from "fun" to "ROCK STAR AWESOME FUN" based on his... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I took our daughter and son-in-law on a half day afternoon whitewater rafting trip, during our Vail vacation. It was the highlight of our trip. Katie was awesome. She was fun and commanded the raft like a champ. We loved the local stories associated with the terrain. I saw a review stating "best value for the money".... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Booked a half-day Browns Canyon trip because of the Trip Advisor reviews. I've been on many rafting trips on the Arkansas, but this was the first with my 9-year old son and the first with IW. First impression of the IW building - really, they run a business out of this place? Small, maybe a converted garage, with no 'street... More 

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Salida, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just did a trip with IW and it was lots of fun and the teens had a great time. Loved that their take out for Brown's Canyon is down river a little farther with 2 more fun rapids along the way. Dee was our guide who did an excellent job and the other guides seemed awesome too. Lot of laughs!

Thank Skidi2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great time rafting Brown's Canyon with Independent Whitewater! Deanne is a very professional, knowledgeable guide. We had a large span of ages in our family's group, and IW made sure everyone was safe and had a good time. I would highly recommend a trip with IW!

Thank Nate P
Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family with children ages 12, 8, and 7 had a great half-day river rafting experience. Our guide was great and I loved that we were able to get in two extra rapids that other companies had to pull out of the river before.

Thank Alicia C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My family came up there to raft because we never have done it before. We had a awesome time and out tour guide Joe was outstanding!!! I recommend independent whitewater over any of the big commercial companies.

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