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Independent Whitewater

10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
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June high water rocks!

My wife and I had a great high water trip on the Brown's Canyon section with our guide Haley! From... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David B
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Independent Whitewater is the best choice!

We had the pleasure of going on the Numbers Bonus half day trip with John of Independent... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Mark J
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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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10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had a great high water trip on the Brown's Canyon section with our guide Haley! From our first contact to goodbye she made sure that we had everything we needed. IW has been running trips for a long time. Don't let...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

David, I'm glad you and your wife had a great time with us! Thanks for the superb review -- come back and see us again soon. Best, Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the pleasure of going on the Numbers Bonus half day trip with John of Independent Whitewater. Not only did we have an incredibly exciting and fun whitewater rafting trip on the very complex Numbers section, but John was also very knowledgable on the...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Mark, it's great to hear you had a great trip on the water with us! You'll have to come hang out with us again sometime soon. Best, Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the Brown's Canyon Bonus Half Day trip and had a ton of fun. It was exciting and gorgeous. Wilson was knowledgeable about the geology, wildlife & most importantly - the river! All of the staff were friendly and welcoming. We can't wait to...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your trip down Brown's Canyon! Thanks for the kind words -- we certainly hope to see you again someday. Best, Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent half day rafting The Numbers! A locally owned and independent company with professional and knowledgeable staff. Our guide, John, was full of stories about the local towns, land and river - always giving helpful tips or fun facts. He ensured we had an exciting...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kevin, I'm happy to hear you had an awesome time with us! Thanks for the kind words -- we hope to see you back again sometime soon. Best, Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wiley and his team at Independent Whitewater were easy to work with in planning a company rafting trip this spring. They made sure that everyone felt safe, and showed us a great time. We had a blast. Hopefully we'll be back to see them next...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the love! I certainly hope we'll be seeing you out on the water again soon. Best, Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Independent whitewater is a great rafting company! Their staff is knowledgeable and got us on the water quickly. Our guide Flint was hilarious and fantastic! Thanks! -Ryan & Lauren

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ryan, thanks so much for the awesome review! It's a pleasure to have you out on the water with us -- come back and see us again soon. Best, Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

We had an amazing day doing the full day rafting at Browns Canyon. Our guide Evan was a great guy, who was extremely friendly and impressed us with knowledge and skills on the river. Our sons thought he was a cool guy. Independent Whitewater made...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

I'm so happy to hear you had an awesome time with us! Thanks for your review, and we hope to see you again very soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I, along with another couple, made a last minute reservation for horseback riding at Granite Mountain Outfitters via Independent Whitewater. Unfortunately, the restaurant, bar and time of our ride advertised on Independent were not on site at Granite Mountain. Sue at Granite...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

I'm glad we could get things figures out and squared away for you. Thanks for your patience, and I hope we'll be seeing you again sometime. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had the best time on this all day whitewater rafting ride with Independent Whitewater. Our guide, Joe, gave us an exciting whitewater ride by finessing our raft thru rough waters, boulders and tight spaces like threading a needle. My first whitewater...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Joe knows his stuff on the Arkansas River, Alban! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with him. Thanks for your review, and I hope to see you again. -Mike, Co-Owner

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My understanding from reading news reports,they are rafting what would normally be less challenging stretches.Best bet,call the guides at Independent Whitewater! Attire: swimsuit or shirt and shorts.not cotton.Unless it's... More
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