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Independent Whitewater invites you to join us for awesome Colorado Whitewater Rafting on the Arkansas River. Mike & Wiley have been guiding people down the river for over 45 years between them . As a small, local and family owned and operated company in Salida, we have the knowledge and experience to help you pick the right trip for you. Our experienced guides love the river, love their jobs, and strive to provide the safest, most enjoybable and personalized raft trips for our guests. Going with the flow since 1979!!
Which trip on the Arkansas River is the best for you?
Bonus Brown's Canyon 1/2 day: Difficulty Level: Beginner to IntermediateConsidered one of the best trips in the country, Browns Canyon always gives a great experience to everyone. Families, beginners, and experienced rafters will enjoy the exhilarating class III rapids and amazing scenery in this remote granite canyon. Regardless of river levels, this gem always delivers on a promise of fun and excitement. Plus, with Indepedent 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'll bet you will, too! More Miles, More Smiles!
Family Fun Floats starting at $30: Difficulty Level:Beginner
Looking for a way to beat the heat and get out with friends and family but a bit nervous about big rapids? Our float is perfect for you. These trips are geared anyone looking for a milder introduction to whitewater or just a relaxing day on the water filled with fantastic scenery, wildlife and bird watching, and an all around great time. Smaller waves and splashes keep it fun without the stress. Overall, a fantastic way to spend a summer day!
Royal Gorge Full Day: Difficulty Level: Advanced
The Royal Gorge is famous for good reason; it's beautiful! World class whitewater makes the amazing scenery even better. And while we don't require previous rafting experience, we do recommend that participants are in good physical condition and are ready for big rapids, agressive paddling and some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
On a hot summer day, nothing beats a day on the water! Ducky trips allow you to be the master of your own domain through fun, splashy whitewater. So, if you're looking for the most exciting trip on the river this summer, look no further than the Brown's Canyon "Ducky" trip. Guide your own craft through tight and technical class III rapids with the assistance of a guide along on the trip. Unforgettable and exhilerating. We also offer beginner and intermediate trips on other sections. Call and ask us about this fantastic trip so we can help you book the perfect day for you and your friends and family.
Bonus 1/2 Day Numbers: Difficulty Level: Advanced Continuous class III and IV whitewater with very few breaks is what you get on this demanding section of river. Whether it is high water with raging hydraulics or low water with continuous technical maneuvering this part of the river is a paddler's paradise. We call it the "Bonus Trip" because we include the "Miracle Mile" which is after the other companies end their trip
High Adventure Brown’s Canyon/ Royal Gorge Two Day: Difficulty Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Combine two of the best sections on the Arkansas River for an unforgettable 2 day experience. You can camp or stay in town, just call us to discuss your options.
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. That is why you can compare the price, trip length and the number of rapids,and 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.
Raft with Independent Whitewater to get the most for your rafting dollar!