This year's snowpack is already shaping up to make an awesome 2015 rafting season on the Arkansas River. Give us a call to plan a trip for you and your familty.
More miles and more smiles is what you get with Salida's own rafting company. Experience the difference local Salida ownership makes in all of our outstanding rafting packages. Experience the difference years on the Arkansas river makes, with Independent Whitewater, your family's first choice for fun in Salida. We end our rafting trips on private property just north of Salida, away from the crowds, which gives you and your group the chance to go through rapids other rafting companies can't.
Wiley and Mike invite you to spend the day with us on any of our great rafting trips, led by our experienced & highly trained guides. You're just as likely to get either Mike or Wiley themsleves as your guide - they're on hand all the time! We're a local, family owned company in Salida, Colorado with a strong dedication to safety and good old-fashioned American fun. Give us a call today to book the right Salida rafting trip for you and your whole family, or group!
Which rafting trip on the Arkansas River is the best for you?
Bonus Brown's Canyon 1/2 day: Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate Considered one of the best rafting trips in the country, Browns Canyon is always a great experience for everyone. Families, beginners, and experienced rafters will all enjoy exhilarating class III rapids and amazing Salida scenery in this remote granite canyon. Regardless of river levels, this gem always delivers on the promise of fun and excitement. Plus, with Indepedent Whitewater, you can also experience all of Brown's Canyon on a half-day trip, thanks to our private takeout! Other companies use a public access point, causing rafters to miss two of the best rapids in the canyon, Seidel's Suckhole and Twin Falls. Our guides love these rapids, and we bet you will, too! More Miles, More Smiles!
Salida Family Floats starting at $30: Difficulty Level:Beginner
Looking for a way to beat the heat and get out with friends and family, but nervous about big white water? Then our Salida Family Float trip is perfect for you. These family rafting trips are geared towards anyone looking for a mild introduction to white water, or just a relaxing day on the water filled with fantastic scenery, wildlife and bird watching - it's an all-around great time! 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!
Royal Gorge Full Day: Difficulty Level: Advanced
The Royal Gorge is famous for good reason; it's beautiful! World class white water and local, friendly and experienced guides make the amazing scenery even better. While we don't require previous rafting experience for this advanced rafting trip, we do recommend that participants are in good physical condition and are ready to hit big class IV and V rapids, ready to power through some agressive paddling and ready for some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Paddling a raft by the 1,000-foot-cliffs of the Royal Gorge and seeing them from water level is something you won't ever forget!
On a hot summer day in Salida, Colorado, nothing beats a day on the water! If you're looking for the most exciting rafting trip you'll find this summer, look no further than the Brown's Canyon "Ducky" trip. Ducky trips allow you to be the master of your own domain through fun, splashy white water, and some challenging rapids. You'll guide your own inflatable kayak through tight and technical class III rapids - of course with the assistance of one of our experienced guides. This trip is both unforgettable and exhilerating! We also offer beginner and intermediate trips on other sections of the river, with varying degrees of challenge and white water. Call and ask us about this fantastic trip so we can book you and your family or group on the perfect Salida summer day!
Bonus 1/2 Day Numbers: Difficulty Level: Advanced
Continuous class III and IV whitewater - with very few breaks - is exactly what you get on this demanding section of the Arkansas River. Whether it's high water with raging hydraulics, or low water with continuous technical maneuvering, this part of the river is truly a paddler's paradise. We call it the "Bonus Trip" because we include the "Miracle Mile" which leads to our private take-out, further down the river towards Salida, after where other rafting companies end their trips.
High Adventure Brown’s Canyon/ Royal Gorge Two Day: Difficulty Level: Intermediate and Advanced
This premiere rafting trip combines two of the best sections on the Arkansas River for an unforgettable 2-day Salida, Colorado white water experience! Experience some exhilarating class III rapids and amazing Salida scenery in the remote granite Brown's Canyon, as well as the beautiful, 1,000 foot cliffs of the incomparable Royal Gorge - from water level. You have the option to camp near the river, or stay in nearby Salida, we'll accommodate you either way.
When you decide to come rafting with us, keep in mind that the majority of our trips end on our exclusive riverside properties away from the other rafting crowds. This means more rapids that other rafting companies can't guide you and your group through - More Miles, More Smiles! When you compare price, trip length and number of white water rapids, you'll always find that we have the other companies beat in all categories! Not only that, but you can camp by the river just minutes away from our office before or after your rafting trip, and enjoy beautiful, peaceful riverside picnics during many of the trips.
Raft with Independent Whitewater to get the most for your rafting dollar!
More Miles More Smiles!
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