Independent Whitewater

White Water River Rafting in Salida, Colorado

White Water River Rafting in Salida, Colorado

White Water River Rafting in Salida, Colorado

White Water River Rafting in Salida, Colorado

White Water River Rafting in Salida, Colorado

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  • We are celebrating a great end to a great season and will be re-opening for rafting in May of 2020.
  • We are always around to answer questions and get you booked for next season. Have an awesome winter and we’ll see you next year.

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The Independent Difference


Independent Whitewater is Salida’s local rafting connection on the Arkansas River. Whether it’s scenic family floats, advanced whitewater rafting, or a 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. More miles, more smiles!

For a little more info on who we are, watch our video.

Check out Mountain Waters Rafting for white water adventures in Durango, Colorado. For springtime white water rafting in Arizona, check out Salt River Rafting.

See Why We're Rated the #1 Tours in Salida on TripAdvisor

Independent Whitewater Independent Whitewater!

We always love Independent Whitewater. We've been coming here for about 20 years now ... Wow! The guides are always a blast, even when the water is low. The owner is great, and the new grill has some awesome eats and brews. Highly recommend this for your rafting cruise through Brown's Canyon!

– tahursh
Independent Whitewater Class Act

Everyone we worked with was professional and clearly interested in making this a great experience for our group. Our guide Swani kept us safe and was a wealth of information throughout the trip. Can't wait to go back next year!

– stein027
Independent Whitewater Family Fun On The Water!

Booked a half day raft trip with my family of five with kiddos between 10 and 15. We had a blast! Very professional with nice management and awesome river guides. Our guide, Joe, was quite the comic, but was very knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this for a fun, safe, river adventure!

– 461bradyn
Independent Whitewater Highly Recommend!

We went on a scenic and fun rafting trip as a family. Independent provided high quality equipment, good safety, and a very nice location by the river. We went with awesome (highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun) river guide Joe and would definitely go with IW again!

– Katrina W.