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Independent Whitewater

10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO 81201-8504
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Brown's Canyon All Day WW Rafting

My husband and I had the best time on this all day whitewater rafting ride with Independent... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Alban R
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Austin
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Great Rafting Trip!

My son and I decided to take a rafting trip while vacationing in Colorado. We had an incredible... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Imabooklover
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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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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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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

My son and I decided to take a rafting trip while vacationing in Colorado. We had an incredible rafting adventure! Joe, our rafting guide, was everything you could ask for in a guide.He was knowledgeable, funny, and charming. I was a bit apprehensive, but within...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thanks for your review! We certainly enjoyed having you with us on the water, and hope to see you again very soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

My husband and I took the Brown's Canyon half-day trip with our twin eight-year-old sons. None of us had ever rafted before, but the professional staff and our terrific guide, Cameron, took care of all the details. I was slightly anxious about one of our...More

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

I'm so happy you and your family had such a wonderful experience with us! Thanks so much for giving your feedback, and I look forward to seeing you again very soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

This was a great experience to have while visiting Colorado. I highly recommend it. The tour took a total of about 31/2 or so hours, covering about 12 miles of the Arkansas River. Throughout the ride my family and I used a very coordinated effort,...More

Thank Jennifer M
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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Jennifer, I'm so happy to hear you had an awesome time with us! It really was our pleasure to make sure you were all taken care of on the river. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Haley was the perfect guide. Knowledgeable about the river and sights. For our family, this was the highlight of our trip to Colorado. Would jump at the chance to do it again!

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

I'm happy to hear we could give you such a highlight! Thanks for your feedback, and hope to see you again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

My wife and I went whitewater rafting for the first time on our honeymoon with Independent Whitewater. Our raft guide John was incredibly knowledgable about the wildlife and areas along the Arkansas River, and kept the float entertaining and fun for us and the family...More

Thank Jeremy H
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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Jeremy, it was awesome having you and your wife with us on the Arkansas! thanks so much for your feedback, and we'll be seeing you again very soon I hope. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

First time to whitewater raft. Awesome experience! Alli was amazing. Evan was also great! Fabulous lunch. 8 people in our group. You won't regret rafting with Independent Whitewater!

Thank Catina N
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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Catina, I'm happy to hear that you had a great time on the river! Thanks a ton for your support, and I hope we'll be seeing you again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

You get an extra two mile run with this trip and get to experience more rapids. There is a great camping area at the site with the Drift Inn that serves good food and drinks.

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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

More rapids are always a win! Thanks for joining us. I hope you'll hit the water again soon. -Mike, Co-Owner

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Flint was our guide and was the best. He has great command of the boat as we did a full day of rafting through Royal Gorge. Lunch was excellent, the customer service was great and everything about our experience was top notch. We will definitely...More

Thank Michael L
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Mike W, Owner at Independent Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Michael, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us from the water to lunch! Thanks a ton for your feedback. We'll see you again sometime soon. -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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