12 miles of awesome whitewater, private river access and two bonus rapids! We take you all the way through the Browns Canyon National Monument, smashing rapids like Zoom Flume, Big Drop, Widowmaker and our two…
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!
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.