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Address: 10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
Phone Number: +1 719-539-7737
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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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Fantastic time!

My group had a great time all around on our trip, highly recommended. I'll cover the key points I think newbies might appreciate: Safety: We had a thorough safety briefing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Paul S
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My group had a great time all around on our trip, highly recommended. I'll cover the key points I think newbies might appreciate: Safety: We had a thorough safety briefing before the trip which was partly humorous but very serious as well. I understood how to protect myself and others from injury, and used those skills in the water (basically... More 

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Rogue River, Oregon
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an excellent choice we made to go with this company! Because there were only two of us on this late-season trip, a smaller raft was used. That made our journey more lively and with all the rocks, much more maneuverable. Our guide was knowledgeable about the local area and pointed out many things to us. His commands were clear... More 

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Wakefield, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We are very happy that we chose independent Whitewater as our whitewater rafting guides their local very nice very cordial very encouraging had a great time on the Rapids with our guide alley a plus number one met some new friends absolutely would recommend this to anyone

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Erie, Kansas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were first time rafters and just stopped by your place to ask some questions before we booked our rafting trip. I'm so glad we did!! The girl working the counter was very knowledgeable and eased our minds about the trip. We booked for the very next morning. Joe was our guide and he was FANTASTIC! Very entertaining, great personality... More 

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

I'm so glad you stopped in, too! It's awesome to hear you had such an exciting​ trip and a great time with Joe. I hope that the next time you're in town you'll be back for more family fun! Best, Mike, Co-Owner More 

Amarillo, Texas
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time for both my husband & I. We can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our rafting experience. We had JA, I think, I hope I heard that right. He's an LPN from Washington state so we felt even safer on his raft. He gave great instructions prior to the trip & gave history & pointed out landmarks... More 

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Thanks for this phenomenal review!! We're so glad you felt well taken care of on your trip, Susan. Since we are a small, local company, we do try to make sure we're giving our customers the best customer service possible, and I'm glad this was apparent during your visit. I'll be sure to tell your guide he did a wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All the locals recommend this outfitter and now we know why. We went on a half-day raft trip with our two daughters, ages 6 & 8. The guides were amazing and they were very focused on our safety and making sure our kids had a good time. Joe, our guide, was super fun and funny and was very experienced. He... More 

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

It's so nice to hear you and your family had a wonderful experience with us, Destin. I'll have to tell our guides, especially Joe, that they did a great job. It was great to meet you and I hope that you'll all be back the next time you're passing through Salida! Until then, Mike, Co-Owner More 

Amarillo, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a great time with Independent. Our guide was Joe. He is EXCELLENT. He is passionate about rafting and is a very experienced guide (& trained in wilderness EMT). He is very personable, entertaining, and makes everyone feel safe and comfortable. He has great knowledge of the river and the surrounding areas--a nice little natural hisotory lesson. We "surfed" and... More 

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Hey there, Robin! I noticed you left us a review on Yelp as well, and I can't thank you enough for spreading the word about your awesome time out rafting with Joe. He'll be psyched to hear you had such wonderful things to say. Take care, Mike, Co-Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got there and didn't expect too much, I'll admit. It was cloudy and began to rain, but we still got to the river after a short ride and had a really good time with my family with our guide J. A. Everyone was nice and friendly and the whitewater experience was safe and really really fun! Definitely worth going... More 

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Despite the weather not being on our side, I'm psyched the ride was still really fun for you and your family, David. Hope all is well! Safe travels, Mike, Co-Owner More 

Chariton, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have done this with IW before, and will do it again!!! They are by far the best, and as an earlier review stated, the other companies pull out before the best two rapids (Seidels suckhole and twin peaks) . The guides with Independent Whitewater are far better than the competition, and we have some experience with rafting. This is... More 

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

Having friends come back to see us time and time again for adventures is awesome, and I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it was to see your review. I really appreciate you taking the time to let your fellow Trip Advisor users know about our extra two rapids -- it really sounds like you know your stuff. Thank... More 

Monument, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had three families in two rafts and our guides were professional and knowledgeable while still making the trip down Brown's Canyon fun and exciting. While most half day trips exit at Hecla Junction, Independent Whitewater is the only rafting outfit that has a private takeout further past the canyon that allows you more rapids and river time. Highly recommended!

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this review

It's always great to get glowing reviews like this, and I appreciate you giving us your recommendation. It sounds like you had quite a large group, and I'm glad we could accommodate everyone and that you all had an awesome time. Hope to see you again! Best, Mike, Co-Owner More 

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