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.
Santa Elena is our select canyon for overnight trips. Santa Elena is probably the most popular of the five Big Bend rivers canyons due to its easy access and spectacular features. This 21 mile journey (sometimes less miles, if water is low) begins at Lajitas and ends within Big Bend National Park.
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 overnight on the Rio Grande, please understand that the trip may be conducted by canoe or raft.
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 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
Adult Price: $325/person
Child Price (12 years and younger): $315/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)
Click here for group pricing table.
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.