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“IW good fun”

Independent Whitewater
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Owner description: Independent Whitewater is Salida's local river connection, we offer trips for all skill levels. Whether you’re scenic Salida floats, advanced whitewater rafting, or the longest half-day trip through Browns Canyon National Monument, we have a trip to fit your needs. Family-owned and operated, 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. Another great reason to raft with Independent Whitewater is that our Browns Canyon rafting trips end on private property, which means you'll beat the crowds and go through rapids that other rafting companies don't. More Miles, More Smiles! Give us a call today to schedule your trip!
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Great guides, informative. Great fun for the kids! Everyone was very polite and helpful. The Arkansas river was beautiful.

Thank Chad T
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

After extensive research over the winter, I selected Independent Whitewater for Grab The Torch's adventure trip to Salida. I was very happy with the service, information and follow-up leading up to our trip. The day before our trip, I visited the operations. Clean and organized. The program lead by Mike and Wiley couldn't have felt better. The service they provided the next day was above and beyond. They transported our group from our campus. Outfitting the students was quick. Don't let their laid back and friendly demeanor fool you, the safety protocol was detailed and firm. The 5 guides (young and hip and, through the lens of our students "very cool") were great. The sense of calm, confidence and professionalism was comforting. There wasn't any question that they were in complete control of the safety, tone and pace of the trip. The guides gave clear and precise directions for paddling. They stopped at an great place for the kids to jump off the cliff into the river below. The smiles and laughter could be seen and heard throughout Brown's Canyon. Independent has a policy of extending their trips an additional 1/2 hour down the river (only a handful of companies extend their trips) which was an added bonus. I can't begin to tell you how much our group enjoyed the experience. Our program takes children across the country and every decision I made regarding activities is taken very seriously. This was a bottom of the 9th World Series grand slam. I wholeheartedly recommend Independent as your choice in Salida. You won’t see giant billboards or flashy hype, but you will experience the best possible rafting experience through Brown’s Canyon. You won’t be disappointed. Dave Aldrich, Founder and CEO of Grab The Torch.

Thank Dave A
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

I researched all of the rafting places in the Salida area before we came, and after calling Independent Whitewater to ask questions, I discovered how friendly and down to earth they are, so I decided to choose it, and it was worth it! When we showed up that day, the staff were just as friendly and helpful as the phone call. They made sure we had the right clothes on, and explained everything. It really seems like they are not in this just for the money, but to really make sure that people have a good time. Our guide was John and we loved him! He told great stories and explained things about the area, and really made the rafting trip a blast! If he is your guide, be sure to ask him to tell the story about "poor Thatcher!" When we got back they had free hot chocolate and coffee for us, and there is a store inside with lots of neat stuff to look at. If you want fussy stuck up business people, don't come here, but if you want down to earth local people who really help you have a great trip, definitely pick this place.

Thank erinwantscoffee
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I had seen such positive reviews on here and was so disappointed. First I received an email stating that our trip started at 1:00 and a warning not to be late because "our trips start on time". Well that was not the case, our trip didn't even leave the main office until almost 2. We went as a large group and had to wait for the rest of the group to catch up. The only positive was our guide, he was good and made the trip fun! Our trip that was due to return at 3:30 and we didn't returned until 5:15.

Thank Lakegirl02
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Miller is the greatest guide. These guys really know their clientele. They knew that we would have more fun and excitement on an exciting tour. They really pay attention to details and made sure that we were safe the whole trip. Thanks for a great adventure.

Thank Amy H
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