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 if you have at least four guests Santa Elena might be a possibility from top to bottom.
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!
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.