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Independent Whitewater, Salida

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River Rafting / Tubing · Boat Tour
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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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  • I highly recommend Independent Whitewater for your rafting trips. ALL of the staff were amazing!! Our guide was very outgoing and professional and the lady in the office was extremely sweet to our... 
    I highly recommend Independent Whitewater for your rafting trips. ALL of the staff were amazing!! Our guide was very outgoing and professional and the lady in the office was extremely sweet to our...  more »
  • We were in Salida late in August when most rafting places had closed. We were lucky that Independent Whitewater was open for 1 last week. We did the 1 1/4 hour float with Justin. The ride was... 
    We were in Salida late in August when most rafting places had closed. We were lucky that Independent Whitewater was open for 1 last week. We did the 1 1/4 hour float with Justin. The ride was...  more »
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  • FUN! FUN! FUN! An experienced company founded by rafters who originally did all the rafting themselves back in the day. Safety is important and following the directions of our gifted guide, Emilio, we learned to love the river, the shoreline surroundings, and all the twists and turns of mother nature. The lunch was refreshing with some large, flat rocks providing a great bench for sitting on. Exploring a bit up the land, we found all kinds of rocks, lizards darting about, a rich variety of pink, grey and sparkling rocks embedded along the sandy trails and the slim, spiky plant life you expect for this area. You do have opportunities to use a restroom in the morning, so don't be afraid!!! Along the way, our lovely river gave us both punched up fun and smooth graceful glides. Emilio amused and impressed us with his take on life and his own journey bringing him to this river. Under his leadership we worked as a team, anticipating and riding each wave for maximum fun! In the afternoon, mother nature showered us coldly with rain, but we pulled ashore for a short trail hike along the edge. Emilio provided us with additional clothing which we definitely should have rented before we set out for our trip. This was the day before my son's 17th birthday and it stands out as the best for our whole family. Thank you, Emilio, and thank you, Independent Whitewater Rafting Company for going above and beyond!
  • White water explosion. Nic was amazing so knowledgeable about the area and rafting. Staff was brilliant. So much fun

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