Special Deals

  • Rafters get 10% off at the Drift In Boaters Bar and Grill
  • Buy 5 and the 6th goes free! Call us to get this special.
  • Come sing us a song or tell us a joke and get a free wetsuit rental.
  • Call us about group discounts!

Rafting Trips

Browns Canyon | Beginner to Intermediate

$69 Adults • $59 Kids (12 and under)

Enjoy exhilarating class III rapids and amazing scenery in this remote granite canyon running right through Browns Canyon National Monument.  Our trips end on private property, which means you’ll beat the crowds and get two extra rapids that other rafting companies don’t offer. More miles, more smiles!

Scenic Floats | Beginner

$65 1/2 Day Adults • $50 1/2 Day Kids
$45 1/4 Day Adults • $36 1/4 Day Kids

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!

Numbers | Advanced

$78  1/2 Day Numbers

This trip is for rafters that want an adrenaline fueled trip packed into two exciting hours of continuous rapids. Rapids #1 through #7 pack a giant punch  and are appropriate for ages 14 and up, trips offered 8:15 and 12:00

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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, 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. More miles, more smiles!

Drift In

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

Starting Memorial Day Weekend we’ll be open daily for open air dining right on the river and, that’s right, a full service bar. You can boat up, ride your bike or drive up.

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