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Independent Whitewater

Now booking for the 2022 rafting season! Start planning an unforgettable experience today.

The #1 Rated Rafting Outfitter in Salida, CO by TripAdvisor.

Now offering discounts for groups of more than 12 rafters! Book your trip in advance to save big.

Independent Whitewater is Salida’s Local Rafting Connection on the Arkansas River.

Explore scenic floats, the perfect trip for the entire family.

Your Local Rafting Connection to the Arkansas River

Welcome aboard to your next rafting adventure! Independent Whitewater is a family-owned and local company ideally located on the beautiful Arkansas River. We’ve been hosting white water rafting adventures on the Arkansas River —the most popular river rafting in the country—for over 40 years thanks to our tight-knit team of experienced and friendly guides. With our exclusive use of private river access, we’re proud to offer the longest trips for the best possible price. Together, our mission is simple: to offer more smiles and more miles!

Operations Update

All good things must come to an end and that includes our 2021 summer! We’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who rafted with us and helped make it one of our best seasons yet. We’re already looking forward to next year and we’re excited to have online reservations available for 2022 rafting dates which span between May 13 and August 15. Reserving a rafting trip or group trip well in advance is the best way to save on your experience, so don’t hesitate to call or email us to plan your trip. For trips outside of these dates, we invite you to call us to make a reservation.

Between now and May 13, 2022, we’ll remain available for gear rentals, kayaks, and fishing shuttles through the off-season. For these inquiries please give us a call.  We look forward to rafting the Arkansas River with you soon!

Popular White Water Rafting Tours


There’s a reason why the Arkansas River is the most recreated in the country. It’s recognized as one of the best white water rafting destinations offering both family-friendly and high adventure experiences. Spanning 105 miles in length, the river meanders through specific rafting areas of interest—such as Brown’s Canyon, Royal Gorge, Numbers, and more—alongside intimate and striking views of wilderness areas and national moments. If you’re looking for a varied body of water with non-stop breathtaking views, there’s simply no other place like it.

While rafting trips in Browns Canyon, Numbers/Royal Gorge, and Scenic Floats are our most popular, we also host custom adventure trips involving activities like overnight rafting trips, Colorado vacation packages, large group rafting trips, kayak rentals, and so much more.

Looking for More Things To Do in Colorado?


We got you covered on all things adventurous. On top of hosting a wide range of rafting adventures in Salida, Colorado, you can add on zipline and horseback riding experiences as part of your trip. Located in the “Heart of the Rockies”, you’ll find that recreation, arts, and cultural activities are endless in Salida. Other nearby destinations like the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and Browns Canyon National Monument allow for an endless list of fun things to do in our region. Find more trip ideas and activities below.

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

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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
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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.
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