A rafting trip down the Arkansas River can be an exhilarating adventure. The scenery in Chaffee County is breathtaking and the river offers challenges to experienced and novice rafters alike with both exciting rapids and calmer sections perfect for a first-timer.
Independent Whitewater is a family-owned outfit located on the river between Salida and Buena Vista. They have been in business for over 35 years, with consistently rave reviews. Their qualified and skilled guides are dedicated to making sure your trip is safe as well as incredibly fun. Whether you are excited to battle whitewater or would prefer a more gentle route, Independent Whitewater guides will help make sure you get everything you want out of your experience. Though they run fewer boats than some of the big companies, the smaller crowds contribute to a much more personal and family-friendly feel.
One of their most popular trips is whitewater rafting through Browns Canyon. Depending on whether you choose a half or full day experience, you will encounter 11 or more Class III to Class IV rapids on your adventure. Independent Whitewater has access to a private takeout that other companies cannot use, which allows their boats to venture past where most others must disembark from their half day excursions. This private access allows half day rafters on Independent Whitewater trips to pass below to two additional sections of whitewater that are considered to be some of the best rapids in the Canyon. Both the half and full day trips through Browns Canyon are ideal for those who already have intermediate rafting skills.
Beginners can still enjoy the river on the company’s Salida Float trip. This half or quarter day option passes Class II rapids that are easily navigable but still loads of fun for those not yet ready for the bigger whitewater. The calmer waters give rafters time to enjoy the wildlife and beauty along the river banks and are perfect for families and those with younger children in their party.
Independent Whitewater provides all the equipment you need and full day trips also include lunch. We are pleased to offer 20% off both the full and half day Browns Canyon trips as well as the Scenic Salida Float, so be sure to book your whitewater adventure with our code!