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Independent Whitewater
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Browns Canyon National Monument Rafting Trip
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Owner description: 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!
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2012

We had a great time our first time ever rafting. Our boys 6 and 8 felt safe and included. Our guide was Doug and he was so nice and his directions were very clear. All the boats in our group had 6 or fewer people in them. We rented "booties" because we didn't have swim shoes. The company is small and everyone is so friendly. It was a great experience and we would go with these guys again!

Visited July 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
“Tons o fun......”
Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

Thank you Independent, Gringo and Miller for showing our family a good safe fun time! If you are wanting to go rafting this is the way to go. Our guides made our first time experience one we will always remember. We will defenetly be back next year. Thanks Gringo and Miller for the awesome time!!!!

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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

This was a first time rafting experience for us - and we had a great time. As mentioned in some of the other reviews, this is a smaller group - and when I called the day before to make a reservation - the phone was answered by a real person and he answered all my questions. Our guide Mike was personable as well as skilled - and I thought the trip was a good value.

Visited June 2012
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Small & Personal rafting trips”
Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

Keir was the best guide ever! Loved the fact that they choose to take small groups rather than these big rafters with tons of people. Everything was a definite plus with these guys!!

Thank Stuckinthemud1
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Frenchtown, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fabulous Trip”
Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

We went on the half day Brown's Canyon trip yesterday, and really enjoyed it. I believe our guide was Doug. It was the first time rafting for my 12 and 15 year old daughters, and it was the perfect amount of rapids for them. As rafters, you do have to do a lot of work paddling to work your way down the more technical pieces, and a higher class of rapids would have been too tiring. One of my daughters laughed the entire way down the river, and my more reserved daughter could be caught grinning on the rapids. Doug was very personable, and funny, and handled both the children and the adults in the boat with the perfect level of teasing, interest and care. All the other employees were wonderful as well. I highly recommend this company and trip for any first time rafters.

Thank hancai1997
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