My family of 4 used IW for two half-day trips (Brown's anda n intermediate Duckie trip) durling a 4-1/2 day vacation stop in Salida. I selected IW over other options because it is locally owned (I grew up on a family business), physically convenient to Salida (10 minute drive) and it seemed like the trips would be reasonably sized groups. While I don't have any basis of comparison to other options in the area, I would have no reason not to go back to IW. We were in our gear and out to our launch sites quickly both days (not a lot of unnecessary milling around at start); access to splash jackets, wet-suits etc. was quick and easy, our guides were fun and skilled without dominating the conversation. We were in small groups both days. While we encountered other rafts from other outfitters, the overall sensation was still a sense of being out on the river "alone" as we weren't in a line of several rafts. Great scenery on the river / in the Canyon. We were in a little over our heads (particularly the kids) on the duckie trip, but our guide could not have been more helpful, patient or accommodating. He made it fun for all of us despite some early nerves for our kids.
If you care to patronize locally owned small-businesses, this is a great choice in Salida.
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