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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...more
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10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
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Reviewed 26 July 2018

We did a half day rafting trip (Browns Canyons) with this small locally-owned company and we had a blast. Everyone was so welcoming. Our guide Dakota was amazing. She guided us safely on the river while explaining us the geology or stories about the rocks.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cecile H
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Cecile, thanks for choosing local! I'm glad you had a blast exploring the canyons with Dakota, and I appreciate you taking the time to share on here. I look forward to your next visit! Until then, Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 26 July 2018

Great staff, Wiley booked our 1/4 day tour even though he was out of office. Day of tour we arrived early and front desk clerk got our guide and sent us on our way. Chris our raft guide was awesome!! He hit it off with...More

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Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JoseanFigue
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Thanks for coming along to make some new family memories, Josean. It's great that Wiley and the rest of our team could make it a great experience for all. Come and join us again anytime! Take care, Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 26 July 2018

It was great! Our guide Charity was fantastic! She was very patient with my 7 year old as well. We had my small family of 5 and could not have asked for a better trip. Price is very reasonable.

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Date of experience: July 2018
Thank debbboutwell
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

I'm so glad Charity showed your family a great time rafting! She's an awesome guide, and I'll be sure to pass along your praises. Thanks for the kind words and support, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your family trip! Best, Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 26 July 2018

They did a great job for our families in both equipment and guides. We encountered several companies on the water and every one of them wound up with people in the water. I'd never seen so many rafters overboard on a trip like this. One...More

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Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jeffkofahl
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

We pride ourselves on having the best team, Jeff, so thanks for sharing how impressed you and your family were with our guides. I'm glad you all had fun, and hope you'll keep us in mind for your next adventure! Best, Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 26 July 2018

This was a top notch trip, organized extremely well from start to finish. Our guide, Joe, was absolutely terrific, and I have rafted quite a bit. This is a company that focuses on each individual; you are not just one of thousands. I will raft...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank drdave2018
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

It's awesome your adventure was so personalized and exciting! I'll be sure to share your compliments with Joe, too -- he'll be psyched his expertise made you trip one to remember. Looking forward to welcoming you back next time you're in Salida! Best, Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 26 July 2018

The check-in and equipment distribution was smooth and well-organized. We were in the transport bus and off to the put-in spot in a short amount of time. The guides gave us information about the canyon, surrounding mountains, and general area while we traveled. Very interesting...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jeff M
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Your recommendation means a lot to us, Jeff, and it's truly the best kind of compliment we can receive. It's awesome that you and your crew had so much fun with Chris. We'd love to have you back, so we hope you get a chance...More

Reviewed 25 July 2018

The guide, Gabe, was amazing. It’s his first year guiding professionally but he did a great job and both me and my girlfriend thought he was excellent. He made the trip down the river more enjoyable. He’s very interactive with others.

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Date of experience: July 2018
Thank laybrandon20
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Thanks for shouting out Gabe! It's awesome that he made the trip so fun for you and your girlfriend. Appreciate you riding the river with us. Hope to have you back again sometime soon. Best, Mike, Co-Owner

Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

For most of our party, the youngest being 13, the oldest 55, it was our first time WWRafting. We wanted adventure and thrills, and we got it. Now that we know what a class 3 rapids is, we all want to go back for 4's...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sue J
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

That's so wonderful, Sue, that Joe could provide a fun and interesting experience for everyone in your group, no matter the age. Thank you for shouting him out! We hope you'll all get a chance to come back and see us the next time you're...More

Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

I can't say enough great things about the crew at Independent Whitewater, especially our guide, Maddie!! I was a little nervous about taking the trip as it was my first whitewater experience. But from the moment we stepped into the IW boat and gear house...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GypsyGibberish
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

It's always great news when we can make such a solid first impression. Thanks for choosing Independent -- we're glad it paid off. Hope you do have a chance to come back to Salida sometime -- we'd love to see you again! All the best,...More

Reviewed 24 July 2018

Locally owned, with a private take out further down the river that adds a really nice extra rapid descent to finish the day. Paul was personable, knowledgeable and really handled the raft exceptionally well. Observi other rafting companies as we floated down the river, their...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ronald S
Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

It means a lot to us, Ronald, that we could make sure you had a great time while also staying safe. Thanks for choosing to go local for your rafting adventure. We hope you come back and see us the next time you're in the...More

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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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