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Independent Whitewater
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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!
Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Great smaller company. Many of the companies in the area are running several rafts at a time. Independent uses only a couple with the most experienced guides in the area. We got a history and geology lesson along with our trip! We had a great time and really enjoyd all of the staff. Most importantly, we didn't have to ride on a big old school bus with a bunch of other people.

Visited July 2012
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Littleton, Colorado
1 review
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“Professional, friendly and efficient.”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

My wife chose Independent Whitewater because it was locally-owned and highlighted half-day trips. We took our four children (3-12 year olds and 1-14 year old) whitewater rafting on first day and inflatable kayaking (ducky boats) on third day. It was the first time for our kids, and the guides were great; Miller has incredible experience in rivers all over the country. Each of the guides have their own personalities, but all were professional, patient and friendly. We'll definitely go back to Independent on future trips as we advance our skills on the river.

Visited July 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
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“Small and Personal. Wouldn't go any other way!”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

While on vacation this Summer my wife and I were enjoying the sites in Salida and ran into a group of guides in town.Having been a guide in the Southeast US for over a decade we easily struck up a pleasant conversation and were invited onto the next days guided ducky trip through Brown's Canyon with Prester and "Gordo".
I had been to the Arkansas river before as a kayaker and have seen the giant operations on the river and they are very impressive. Bu,t the small size and welcoming feel we received upon arriving in the morning had us instantly in love with Independent Whitewater.
Our guides were top notch and very professional and knowledgeable about the river and the surrounding geology. Their skills on water and professional manner had us and another couple very at ease during the full day excursion. As a small group we were able to move in and around the big trips or let them pass as needed to give our trip that "river to ourselves feel". I would recommend these guys to anyone looking for a trip where you feel like part of the team versus another head on the water.
Thanks Independent Whitewater for a very special end o our wonderful vacation.

Visited June 2012
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Glendale, Arizona
1 review
“Best Ever!”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

I have been whitewater rafting many times, but this trip was the best. Mike Whittington was our guide. By far the best and most experienced guide I have ever been with down the rapids. He fit in with us so well, it was like he was part of our group. Blew all other trips...out of the water! Thanks Mike.

Visited July 2012
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Brighton, Colorado, United States
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4 reviews
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“The only team to raft with!”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Rafted with Gringo, who is slightly militant, but silly and fun. The rest of our crew rafted with Miller and loved him! They took us through awesome rapids, showed us beautiful sights, and led us to jump rock! What a blast!

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