Guess what eveybody, it won't stop snowing in the mountains and our snowpack is building up for an epic rafting season on the Arkansas River
More miles and more smiles! Independent Whitewater, Salida's local river connection, offers trips for all difficulty levels. Whether it's Scenic Salida Floats, advanced whitewater or the longest 1/2 day trip through the Browns Canyon National Monument, we've got a trip to fit your needs. Experience the difference local Salida ownership and 35 years of experience makes in all of our outstanding rafting packages. Plus, we end our rafting trips on private property, this helps us beat the crowds and gives you and your group the chance to go through rapids other rafting companies don't do on their half day trips. Come see why we're the first choice for family fun in Salida!
Wiley and Mike invite you to spend the day with them on any of our great rafting trips led by our experienced and highly trained guides. We're a local, family owned company in Salida, Colorado with a strong dedication to safety and good old-fashioned American fun. Give us a call today to book the right rafting trip for you and your whole family or group!
Which rafting trip on the Arkansas River is the best for you?
Bonus Browns Canyon 1/2 day: Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate ($63 Adults) ($53 Kids 12 and under) Considered one of the best rafting trips in the country, Browns Canyon is always a great experience for everyone. Families, beginners, and experienced rafters will all enjoy exhilarating class III rapids and amazing Salida scenery in this remote granite canyon. Regardless of river levels, this gem always delivers on the promise of fun and excitement. Plus, with Independent Whitewater, you can experience all of Brown's Canyon on a half-day trip, thanks to our private takeout! Other companies use a public access point, causing rafters to miss two of the best rapids in the canyon, Seidel's Suckhole and Twin Falls. Our guides love these rapids, and we bet you will, too! More Miles, More Smiles!
Salida Family Floats starting at $40: Difficulty Level:Beginner (1/4 day $40, kids $30) (1/2 day $55, kids $40)
Looking for a way to beat the heat and get out with friends and family, but nervous about big whitewater? Then our Salida Family Float trip is perfect for you. These family rafting trips are geared towards anyone looking for a mild introduction to whitewater, or just a relaxing day on the river filled with fantastic scenery, wildlife and bird watching - it's an all-around great time! Smaller waves and splashes keep it cool and fun, but without the stress. The Salida Family Float trip is a fantastic way to spend a summer day on the Arkansas River!
Royal Gorge Full Day: Difficulty Level: Advanced ($110)
The Royal Gorge is famous for good reason: it's beautiful! World class whitewater and local, friendly, experienced guides make the amazing scenery even better. While we don't require previous rafting experience for this advanced rafting trip, we do recommend that participants are in good physical condition and ready to agressively paddle through big class IV and V rapids. Plus, prepare yourself for some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Paddling a raft by the 1,000-foot-cliffs of the Royal Gorge and seeing them from water level is something you won't ever forget!
On a hot summer day in Salida, Colorado, nothing beats a day on the water! If you're looking for the most exciting trip you'll find this summer, look no further than the Brown's Canyon "Ducky" trip. Ducky trips allow you to be the master of your own domain through fun, splashy whitewater, and some challenging rapids. You'll guide your own inflatable kayak through tight and technical class III rapids - of course with the assistance of one of our experienced guides. This trip is both unforgettable and exhilarating! We also offer beginner and intermediate trips on other sections of the river, with varying degrees of challenge and whitewater. Call and ask us about this fantastic trip so we can book you and your family or group on the perfect Salida summer day!
Bonus 1/2 Day Numbers: Difficulty Level: Advanced ($70)
This demanding section of the Arkansas River offers continuous class III and IV whitewater - with very few breaks. Whether it's high water with raging hydraulics, or low water with continuous technical maneuvering, this part of the river is truly a paddler's paradise. We call it the "Bonus Trip" because we include the "Miracle Mile", a mile long rapid. Rafting past the spot most other rafting companies end their trips allows us to include this hidden gem of the Arkansas.
High Adventure Brown’s Canyon/ Royal Gorge Two Day: Difficulty Level: Intermediate and Advanced ($185)
This premiere rafting trip combines two of the best sections on the Arkansas River for an unforgettable 2-day Salida, Colorado whitewater adventure! Experience some exhilarating class III rapids and amazing Salida scenery in the remote granite Browns Canyon, as well as the beautiful, 1,000 foot cliffs of the incomparable Royal Gorge - from water level. You have the option to camp near the river, or stay in nearby Salida; we'll accommodate you either way.
When you decide to come rafting with us, keep in mind that the majority of our trips end on our exclusive riverside properties away from the other rafting crowds. This means more rapids that other rafting companies don't guide you and your group through - More Miles, More Smiles! When you compare price, trip length and number of whitewater rapids, you'll always find that we have the other companies beat in all categories! Not only that, but you can camp by the river just minutes away from our office before or after your rafting trip, and enjoy beautiful, peaceful riverside picnics during many of the trips.
Raft with Independent Whitewater to get the most for your rafting dollar!
More Miles, More Smiles!
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