Independent Whitewater, Salida's local river connection, offers trips for all skill levels. Whether it's scenic Salida floats, advanced whitewater, or the longest half-day trip through Browns Canyon National Monument, we have a trip to fit your needs. Family-owned 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.
Also, now you can enjoy lunch or dinner at the Drift In riverside bar and grill before or after your trip.
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 get two extra rapids that other rafting companies don't run on their half day trips. That's why we say More Miles, More Smiles!
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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 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 get two extra rapids and can experience all of the Brown's Canyon National Monument 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! Bonus Browns Canyon Half Day
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! family floats
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 where most other rafting companies end their trips allows us to include this hidden gem of the Arkansas. Bonus Numbers 1/2 day
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! Royal Gorge All Day (Advanced)
On a hot summer day in Salida, Colorado, nothing beats a day on the water! If you're looking for an exciting summer trip, look no further than the Brown's Canyon "Ducky" trip. Ducky trips allow you to be the master of your own craft through fun, splashy whitewater and some challenging rapids. You'll guide your own inflatable kayak through tight and technical class III rapids with the assistance of one of our experienced guides, of course. This trip is 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, and others, so we can book you and your family or group. Call or Email to Book
This premiere rafting trip combines two of the best sections on the Arkansas River for an unforgettable two-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.Call or Email to Book
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 means access to more rapids that other rafting companies don't run on comparable trips. When you compare price, trip length and number of whitewater rapids, you'll find that we have the other companies beat in all categories. Not only that, you can enjoy our riverfront property for picnics, events and camping.
Raft with Independent Whitewater to get the most for your rafting dollar.
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