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

Special Deals

  • We are able to officially begin our season on June 1 for whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. For the safety of all of our guests and staff we will still be following ALL required social distancing measures while conducting trips.
  • We are open NOW for Private Shuttles, Ducky, Raft and gear rentals.
  • The DRIFT IN Boaters Bar and Grill is now open on weekends until Memorial Day when we will be open daily from 11 to 7.  600 ft. of riverfront awaits you for scenic and socially responsible dining.
  • Give us a call if you have any questions or want to sign up for a trip.

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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!

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
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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
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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.