River Trips

There is something about a river trip in Big Bend that makes it the perfect outdoor experience.

We're not sure if it's the curiosity of what lies around the bend, or the peaceful sound of a paddle cutting through the water.

Maybe it's the feel of the wilderness or the vast spaces of untouched land covering two countries.

Or it could be that you can take a lot of camping stuff on a river trip.  Enough to make life outdoors comfortable - chairs, good food, good coffee, cameras, tents, tables and stoves.

Of course, it is really not up to us.  All of it lies with you.  We'll make a river trip on the Rio Grande worth everything you imagined it would be and more.

Take a gander at the list below.  Peruse what interests you.  And give us a call or drop us a line.  We're here for you - as we have been for 40 years!

See you in the Big Bend!

Half Day Float

Style: Family Fun
Trip Length: 2-2.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy, some paddling required
Perfect for: Families, first timers
Minimum Age: 4
Departs: Tues, Thurs, Saturdays
Price: $79/person

There are times when a One Day Canyon float just will not fit into the travel schedule.  If that happens, consider our very popular "get acquainted with Big Bend" half-day float trip.

Enjoy Far Flung's four hour adventure tour on the Rio Grande and still have time in the day for other activities!  For example, many of our summer guests take a morning float and are back by lunch to avoid the afternoon heat.  Or, like our spring and winter guests, they sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy the half-day float during the warmest part of the day.

For those with younger children (under 8), our half-day adventure is just right - not too long, not too short and our guides will entrall them with stories of the wild outdoors!

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure Dates:  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Should you have a party of six or more, we can easily set up other days during the week!

Summer Departure Times: Half-day floats for the period May 1 - September 30 depart once a day (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) at 8:00 a.m. from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Fall, Winter and Spring Departures Times: Half-day float trips for the period October 1 - April 30 depart twice a day (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Return Time (to Far Flung Outdoor Center):
Approximately 4 hours (2-2.5 hours on the river)

Method of Travel: Raft, Canoe or Duckie, depending on water levels.

Difficulty: Easy; paddling is required on trips traveling by canoe or duckie.

Other Notes: This trip travels through the Big Bend Ranch State Park located west of Lajitas.  Due to time constraints, the half-day float does not travel through a canyon.

Recommended Minimum Age: 4

Trip Price:
$79/person; discounts are available for parties of 8 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $5/child discount.

(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $10/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. Half-Day Itinerary
  2. Half-Day Packing List
  3. Where is Far Flung?
  4. Need Lodging?

One Day Canyon Float

Style: Canyon Experience
Trip Length: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Easy, some paddling required
Perfect for: Families, Canyon Junkies
Minimum Age: 6
Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
Price: $145/person

River Update - Ok!  Here is the new update on water levels.  Right now we are getting rain periodically in the Big Bend, but most important is the rain in Northern Mexico!  This has the river moving up and down and we expect that to continue through September.  You should still plan on being in canoes, but rafts become a "possibility" during this time period, so give us a call or email us if you have questions about flows.   Which canyon?  Hard to say, but we'll make fun day out of it either way.   By the way, our half days are an option, but you can't do Santa Elena Canyon or any canyon in less than a full day.

There are so many things to do in the Big Bend! An adventure that you just can’t miss is Far Flung’s One Day Canyon Float on the Rio Grande.

You’ll have the opportunity to float, paddle, hike, explore or just plain relax as the Far Flung staff handles all of the trip details – including a river lunch that will knock your socks off!

Visitors ask us all of the time: "Which canyon are we floating?"  "Can we float Santa Elena Canyon as a one day trip?"

We would love to give you a definitive answer, but the truth of the matter is that it depends on day to day water levels.  Many years ago, we did not have to worry about water flows on the Rio Grande.  We just assumed there would always be plenty of water! Starting in the early 90's, the stress on the Rio Grande from irrigation and droughts was just too much for the ol' gal and she gave way to lower water levels.

Every morning, we take a peek at the water gauges along the Rio Grande (electronically, of course) and determine which canyon is best to float on that particular day.  So when you sign up for our day trip, we may not know which canyon we'll float, but we can assure you of several things.  First, we'll always do a canyon on the one day trip and secondly, we'll have a great time on the river regardless of the river section!

Whether it’s the limestone walls of Santa Elena Canyon, the volcanic history of Colorado Canyon or a warm soak in the Hot Springs Canyon, a day on the river in Big Bend is better than any day at work!

Trip Details:

Where to meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays

Should you have a party of 8 or more, we can easily set up other days during the week.

Departure time: 8:00 a.m.

Return time (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Approximately 5:00 p.m.

Method of travel: Canoe or Raft, depending on water levels.

Meals and Refreshments: Lunch, iced tea, lemonade and water provided

Difficulty: Easy; paddling required on trips traveling by canoe.

Recommended Minimum Age: 6

Trip Price: $145/person; discounts are available for parties of 8 or more booking at the same time.  Children 12 and under receive a $10/child discount.

(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:

A non-refundable deposit of $10/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.

For those with small children or short on time, Far Flung offers a half-day trip in the Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Trip Resources:

  1. One-Day Itinerary
  2. One-Day Packing List
  3. Where is Far Flung?
  4. Need Lodging?

Overnight Float Trips

Style: Canyon Experience
Trip Length: 2 Days, 1 Night
Difficulty: Easy, some paddling required
Perfect for: Families, Canyon Junkies
Minimum Age: 6
Departs: Tuesdays and Saturdays
Price: $369/person

There is absolutely nothing better than experiencing the canyons of the Rio Grande as an overnight or multi-day trip!  When we started Far Flung back in the 1970's our primary offering was the "overnight" and while we offer a variety of other trips these days, the two day, one night adventure is still our favorite.

What makes the overnight trips so special?  First of all, think about a trip where turning your cell phone off is ok.  Then think about floating through canyons where the limestone walls rise up to 1500 feet around you.  Go ahead and smile when you think about the idea of someone (our guide staff) doing all of the cooking, cleaning and heavy lifting.  Now throw in the greatest camp food you've ever tasted and you've got the makings of a perfect wilderness getaway.

Since our river flows are largely regulated by seasonal rainfall and dam releases from Mexico, our ability to predict water levels and which canyon we'll float in advance is limited.  Our choice of canyons include Santa Elena, Colorado or Temple.   When planning your overnight on the Rio Grande, please understand that the trip may be conducted by canoe or raft.

Trip Details

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure Time: 8:30 a.m.

Departure Dates: Every Tuesday and Saturday.
Should you have a party of 4 or more, we can easily set up other days during the week.

Return Time: (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Approximately 4 p.m. on Day 2.

Method of Travel: Canoe or Raft, depending on water levels.

Far Flung Provides:  Guides, river equipment, all meals, waterproof bags, tents, park use fees and shuttle to and from the river.

You Provide: Sleeping bag, pad and personal gear (see packing list).

Difficulty: Easy; paddling required on trips traveling by canoe.

Recommended Minimum Age:  6

Trip Price:  $369/person; discounts are available for parties of 9 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $10/child/day discount.

(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $50/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. Where is Far Flung?
  2. Need Lodging?

3 and 4 Day Float Trips

Style: Overnight Canyon Experience
Trip Length: 3 days, 2 nights or 4 days, 3 nights
Difficulty: Moderate, some paddling required
Perfect for: Those Wanting a True Big Bend Experience
Minimum Age: 8
Departs: Thursday and Fridays
Price: $539 - $699/person

So here you are on the Internet, searching for that perfect three to four day getaway.  You've looked at cruises.  Nice, but a little too much humanity in one place.  DisneyWorld.  Great fun, but you've been there, done that.

You want something where very few folks ever go.  Something a little on the wild side.  Something that brings you back to basics - no cell phones, iPads, traffic or lots of people. Something that sort of tests you.

Wait now. You don't want it that rough.  A glass of wine on a sandy river beach watching the sunset.  Or maybe a nice walk to an overlook where you gaze out at thousands of square miles of isolation.  The cooking, cleaning and hauling done by someone else.  Yes, that's it!

Join Far Flung - where wild meets comfortable. Three or four days of solitude in the canyons of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park.  Float, paddle, swim, hike, explore, relax, learn and share memories with friends and family.

Since our river flows are largely regulated by seasonal rainfall and dam releases from Mexico, our ability to predict water levels too far in advance is limited.   When planning your multi-day trip on the Rio Grande, please understand that the trip may be conducted by canoe or raft.

Trip Details

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure Time: 8:30 a.m.

Return Time (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Approximately 4 p.m. on the last day.

Method of Travel: Canoe or Raft, depending on water levels.

Canyons That Can Be Floated in 3 or4 Days: Santa ElenaBoquillas and Temple

Far Flung Provides: Guides, river equipment, all meals, waterproof bags, tents, park use fees, and shuttle service to and from the river.

You Provide: Sleeping bag, pad and personal gear (see packing list).

Difficulty: Easy; paddling required on trips traveling by canoe.

Recommended Minimum Age: 8

3 Day Trip Price (3 days, 2 nights): $539/person; discounts are available for parties of 8 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $10/child/day discount.  Departs on Fridays.

4 Day Trip Price (4 days, 3 nights): $699/person; discounts are available for parties of 8 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $10/child/day discount.  Departs on Thursdays.

Should you have a party of 4 or more, we can easily set up other days during the week.

(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $50/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. Multi-Day Packing List
  2. Where is Far Flung?
  3. Need Lodging?

Family Adventure Trips

Style: Family Fun
Trip Length: 2 Days, 1 Night
Difficulty: Easy, some paddling required
Perfect for: Kids and Parents
Minimum Age: 5
Departs: Every Thurs in March
Price: $349 Adults; $295 Kids

Remember when you were young and your parents took you on all sorts of those family vacations?

Admit it. You rolled your eyes when Dad said, "let's load the car and go camping"!

Now that you're older and have children of your own, those memories are sweet and maybe, just maybe, you want to impart some of those outdoor values and experiences to those that look up to you.

Far Flung created the Family Adventure trip many years ago to do just that.  This overnight trip is all about the young ones.  Sure, we'll feed and water you adults, but make no mistake - this trip is all about kid stuff.  Exploring, playing, swimming, imagining and building memories.

We time these trips to run during the spring break season, so mark your calendar and pack your gear for the time of your life in Big Bend!

Trips depart every Thursday in March (see itinerary).  The 2016 departure dates are: March 3, 10, 17, 24.

Since our flows are largely regulated by seasonal rainfall and dam releases from Mexico, our ability to predict water levels too far in advance is limited.   When planning your multi-day trip on the Rio Grande, please understand that the trip may be conducted by canoe or raft.

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure:
8:30 a.m. on Day 1

Return: (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Approximately 3-4 p.m. on Day 2

Method of Travel: Raft or canoe

Far Flung Provides: Guides, river equipment, all meals, waterproof bags, tents,kid
games, park use fees and shuttle service to and from the river.

You Provide: Sleeping bag, pad and personal gear (see packing list).

Difficulty: Easy; paddling will be required on trips traveling by canoe.

Minimum Age: 5

Price: $349/adult; $295/each child 12 and under.
(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $50/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 14 days prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. Where is Far Flung?
  2. Need Lodging?

Gourmet Trips

Style: Dining
Trip Length: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Difficulty: Easy
Perfect for: Foodies
Minimum Age: 12
Departs: October 14, 2016
Price: $899/person

Back in the late 1980's we were sitting around camp one evening talking about how good food tasted in the outdoors.  Some said it was the fresh air.  Some said it was because of the physical work of being outside.  And some said it was pure imagination.

So, we decided to test that theory. First, we found a crackerjack Chef by the name of Francois Maeder who owns Crumpet's Restaurant in San Antonio.  Then, we persuaded Francois (we call him "Frankie") to help us settle this argument by preparing a fresh, "made in the outdoors gourmet meal" using our camp stoves, dutch ovens and other river  utensils.

And you know what? Chef Maeder's food was the best chow we have ever eaten (indoors or out) this side of Mama.  So good in fact, that we've been putting these gourmet river shows on now for over 30 years!

But don't take our word for it. Check out Southern Living's opinion on Francois' food - they like it so much they've been on about a zillion trips with us!  Even better, come check it out for yourself.  We've got a bunch of trips lined up for the fall.  But be warned, you'll go home heavier than when you left!

Since river flows are largely regulated by seasonal rainfall and dam releases from Mexico, our ability to predict water levels too far in advance is limited.   When planning your multi-day trip on the Rio Grande, please understand that the canyon we float through is subject to the vagaries of those river flows.  This trip will be conducted in rafts.

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure:
8:30 a.m. on Day 1

2016 Trip Date: October 14-16

Return (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Approximately 3-4 p.m. on Day 3

Method of Travel: Raft

Far Flung Provides: Guides, river equipment, all meals, waterproof bags, tents, park use fees and shuttle service to and from the river.

You Provide: Sleeping bag, pad and personal gear (see packing list).

Difficulty: Easy; this trip will travel through a primitive area with no formal restroom facilities or lodging.

Recommended Minimum Age: 12

Price: $899/person;  Children 12 and under receive a $10/child/day discount.

(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $100/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 14 days prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. Where is Far Flung?
  2. Need Lodging?

New Year's Trip

Style: Music and Celebration
Trip Length: 2 Days, 1 Night
Difficulty: Easy, some paddling required
Perfect for: Something Different
Minimum Age: 12
Departs: December 31st
Price: $525/person

Do you remember New Year's 2000? The computers were going to crash, the sun would come up in the west, clocks would run backwards and Elvis Presley would return to Las Vegas.

So, we came up with a "great" idea. We hired a band and snuck off into the wild on New Year's Eve.  We figured that if the world ended, at least we'd be in the canyons of the Rio Grande!  It worked great - in fact, too great.  We had 98 people on the trip - the largest overnight trip in the history of Far Flung.

Well, we kept the idea and threw out the largesse (no more 98!).  New Year's on the Rio Grande is a celebration like no other.  Not hard core or wild - just great music, fun loving people and a spectacular venue.

This year's 2016, two day, one night celebration was with the musically talented Brian Merrill and Chip Broyles. 

Since our flows are largely regulated by seasonal rainfall and dam releases from Mexico, our ability to predict water levels too far in advance is limited.   When planning your multi-day trip on the Rio Grande, please understand that the trip may be conducted by canoe or raft.

Trip Date: December 31, 2016 - January 1, 2017 (two days, one night)


Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure:
8:30 a.m. on Day 1

Return: (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Approximately 3-4 p.m. on Day 2

Method of Travel: Raft or canoe

Far Flung Provides: Guides, river equipment, all meals, champagne, party favors, waterproof bags, tents, park use fees and shuttle service to and from the river.

You Provide: Sleeping bag, pad and personal gear (see packing list).

Difficulty: Easy; paddling will be required on trips traveling by canoe.

Minimum Age: 12

Trip Price: $525/person;
(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $50/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 7 days prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. Where is Far Flung?
  2. Need Lodging?