ATV Tour Notes

Thanks for planning an ATV tour with Far Flung!  If you have any questions about your adventure, we'll be glad to help!  Call us at 800-839-7238 or email us at info@ffoc.net.

Would you please take a minute to review the items listed below that relate to your ATV tour?

Starting Your Tour

This trip meets at the Far Flung Outdoor Center on Farm Road 170 in Study Butte (get directions).  If you are on the 9:00 a.m. tour, please plan to arrive at our office by 8:45 a.m.  If you are on the 1:30 p.m. tour, please plan to arrive by 1:15 p.m.  If you are running late, give us a call as other guests who have arrived will be more understanding.

After we complete some paperwork in the office, we'll move out back for helmet and goggle fitting and a safety talk.  All ATV tours begin and end at the Far Flung Outdoor Center.  Your ride will take you about 14 miles into the backcountry of the Big Bend.  This tour does not operate on public land, but you will have great views looking into the national park from Far Flung's private land holdings near the Christmas Mountains.

We'll stop occasionally along the tour to point out interesting geological formations, medicinal plants and other Big Bend points of interest.

Safety Notes

All guests will be required to wear helmets and some sort of eye protection.  Gloves and goggles are recommended and will be available at no additional charge.

All guests will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Agreement prior to participating in the tour.

Anyone operating an ATV must be at least 16 years of age with a valid driver's license.

Pregnant women will not be allowed to ride or operate an ATV.

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the tour.

A safety instruction and briefing will be conducted by an FFOC staff member prior to the tour.

Folks, this is a guided tour with the objective of showing you the Big Bend in different way.  It is not a high speed, slide around the curves, cut across the desert type of experience.  If you are looking to test the limits of an ATV, you will be sorely disappointed in this tour

Hydration

Far Flung will provide plenty of iced water for the 3 hour trip.  Please bring your own personal water bottle that we can re-fill during the tour.

What to Wear/Bring on the Tour

* Long pants (required)
* Closed toe shoes (required)
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Long sleeved shirt (recommended)
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Hat or cap
* Sunglasses
* Bandana
* Sunscreen
* Camera and/or binoculars
* Windbreaker or light jacket (for the months of October - March)

What is the weather like?

Spring (March - April) Day: 75-90, Night: 45-60
Summer (May - September) Day: 85-100+, Night: 70-80
Fall (October - December) Day: 70-85, Night: 45-60
Winter (January - February) Day: 55-75, Night: 30-50
Rainfall averages 10-12 inches per year, with the majority of rainfall during the months of July - September

What about the bathroom?

Because the trip will take us through primitive areas of Big Bend, bathroom facilities are limited. Our guides will carry a basic toilet system, but your choice of restroom will be "pink or blue" bushes or large rocks.  You will have access to the Far Flung Outdoor Center restrooms before and after the trip.

Should I tip the guide?

Many guests ask us whether tipping the guides is appropriate. If you believe the guide  exceeded your service expectations, please feel free to leave a tip (10-15% of the trip price is normal). Tipping is by no means required.

Cancellations

ATV tours have a $10/person non-refundable deposit requirement with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.  Cancellations outside of 48 hours from departure forfeit the deposit amount.  Cancellations (including no-shows) within 48 hours of the trip departure forfeit the entire cost of the trip.

It is rare that Far Flung will cancel a tour, but in the event we do, all moneys (including deposits) will be refunded.

Responsibility

Trip participants must understand and appreciate that riding or driving an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) involves some risk.  These risks include, but are not limited to 1) forces of nature, including extreme heat, cold, hail, rain and lightning 2) possible roll-over or loss of control of an ATV driven by you or others related to excessive speed, rough, steep or narrow trails and collisions with other vehicles, boulders, vegetation, wild animals, livestock or other man-made or natural objects 3) accident or illness without access to immediate evacuation or availability of medical supplies and the inadequacy of medical attention once provided.

Participants agree to abide by all rules related to ATV safety as outlined by Far Flung Outdoor Center and/or its guide staff.