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“Loads of fun!”

Independent Whitewater
Ranked #1 of 9 Tours in Salida
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
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 with young children in the raft with us.
You also get a longer ride with Independent and two more rapids to paddle through because they have a takeout farther up the river beyond where most of the other rafting companies have to stop.
I would recommend Independent Whitewater without any hesitation!

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.

Thank ThomasJRoche
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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 book with them again!

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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