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Independent Whitewater

Our 2021 season has begun! Book an unforgettable rafting trip today.

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

Stress-Free and Worry-Free Booking for 2021.

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

Explore Scenic Floats, the Perfect Trip for the Entire Family.

Get Ready for a Truly Unforgettable Ride

Welcome aboard to your next rafting adventure! Independent Whitewater is a family-owned and local company ideally located on the beautiful Arkansas River Valley. We’ve been hosting 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!

Latest Happenings:

  • “We’ve got: Bonus Rapids! Private River Access! A Riverside resort with Tiki Bar and Grill! Glamping and Camping! And are open for Weddings, Events, and Private Parties!
  • Call us for Private Shuttles, Gear, and Equipment Rentals throughout the year.
  • Enjoy a 10% discount for 12 or more people and 15% for 23 or more when you make your reservation before the end of July for any trip this season. Must call to book and redeem.

Our Most Popular Tours

Looking for More Things To Do in Colorado?

We got you covered on all things adventure-related. 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
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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
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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