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The water has dropped and sadly the 2017 rafting season is over.  Thanks to all of the locals, Returning Guests and brand new rafters for making this another great season.  Our new boaters bar and grill, The Drift In, was a big success and we've had many "regulars" over the season floating in and launching at the "Drift".  We are taking bookings for the 2018 season starting in next May, SEE YOU THEN!

Independent Whitewater is Salida's local rafting connection on the Arkansas River .  Whether it's scenic family 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.

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Also, now you can enjoy lunch or dinner at The Drift In Riverside Bar and Grill before or after your trip.  You can order a delicious all you can eat fajita lunch when you book your trip or you can order off the menu when you get there.

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!

Browns Canyon Trips

Beginner to Intermediate 
($64 Adults; $55 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 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! 

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Numbers Trips  

Experienced  (Full day $105) (1/2 day $70)

This trip is suited for experienced rafters that want an adrenaline-fueled morning, capped with a mellow afternoon on the river. We start by navigating a difficult stretch of IV+ rapids, and then cool down by recounting the morning’s excitement over lunch. After refueling, we wind down a stretch to of the river known as the Narrows, which offers plenty of white water, but much calmer rapids.

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Scenic Floats  

Beginner  (1/4 day $43, kids $35) (1/2 day $59, kids $45)

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 perfectfor 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!

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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.

More Miles, More Smiles!

For more great whitewater rafting adventures in Durango, Colorado check out our sister company:

Mountain Waters Rafting

For springtime whitewater rafting in Arizona, check out Independent Rafting SRR Logo