Walks & Hikes

We know you like to get out and explore. And there is no better place in Texas to see big country than Big Bend. On foot. Up close. In the wild.

Sure, you could do it yourself. Grab one of those ubiquitous guide books and take off down the trail.

Or, you can take a Far Flunger on the journey with you.   Because our show and tell is not to be missed. Plants, history, animals, stories, secret locations and nuggets of Big Bend insider knowledge.

In fact, the best in the business. So good in fact, that if you are not completely happy with dragging us along, we’ll comp the hike. Zip, Nada, Zero. And you’ll get to keep the knowledge.

Join Far Flung today on a walk into the wild. What’s to lose?

Lost Mine

Style: Improved Trail
Trip Length: 3-3.5 hours; 4.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous with some elevation gain on improved trail
Perfect for: First Timers to Big Bend
Minimum Age: 8
Departs: Mondays & Fridays at 8:00 a.m.
Price: $99/person

Legend has it that if you travel the Lost Mine Trail on Easter Sunday, you’ll find gold.

It’s fun to think about, but the real gold is in this popular Big Bend hike. Great views, even better pictures and tons of things to see.

With a Far Flung guide watching your back.  If you find the gold, can we go "halvsies"?

Trip Details:

Where to Meet:
You have two choices.  You can meet at the Far Flung World Headquarter or you can meet us at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center in Big Bend National Park.

Departure Times:
From Far Flung: 08:00 a.m.
Meet at Chisos Basin Visitor Center: 8:45 a.m.

Return Time/Length:
1:00 p.m. to Far Flung, 12:15 p.m. to the Visitor Center - 4.8 mile hike starting at 5600' elevation

You Need to Bring:
Water bottle or hydration system, good walking shoes that are broken in, comfortable, loose fitting clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

We Furnish:
 A great naturalist guide, trekking poles, backpacks, trail snacks, transportation to and from Far Flung Outdoor Center

Difficulty:
This is a moderately strenuous hike on a well maintained trail.  It has about a 2000 foot elevation gain with plenty of stops along the way.

Price: $99/person; children 12 and younger receive a $5/child discount.
(Trip price does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge 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 hiking departure date.

 

Trip Resources:

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

Closed Canyon

Style: Nice Exploratory Walk
Trip Length: 3 hours; 1 mile walk
Difficulty: Easy, with a slight elevation gain at the end
Perfect for: Folks Who Want to Stretch Their Legs
Minimum Age: 8
Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
Price: $77/person

What is it about cracks in the earth, that we find so fascinating?

Would you like to see one in the Big Bend that you can walk into and explore?  Add in a Far Flung naturalist and you have a great little 3 hour walk.

And that's not all. On the way to Closed Canyon, we'll make several stops.  One at an old movie set and the other on top of Texas's steepest paved road - Big Hill.  Bring your camera as National Geographic rates this drive as one of America's top 10!

The Big Bend Ranch State Park (that's where it's located) calls it Closed Canyon.  We call it awesome.

By the way, if you are staying at the Lajitas Resort, this one is perfect!  We'll be whizzing right by - and we'll pick you up!

Trip Details:

Where to Meet:
You have two choices.  You can meet at Far Flung's world headquarters or, if you are staying at the Lajitas Resort,  we can pick you up (and, of course, return you).

Departure Times:
From Far Flung: 9:00 a.m.
From Lajitas Resort: 9:30 a.m.


Return Time/Trip Length:
From Far Flung - 3 hours
From Lajitas Resort - 2.5 hours

Refreshments: Iced water provided by Far Flung.  Guests should bring their own water bottle to be re-filled during the tour.

Difficulty: This is an easy tour suitable for all age groups.  The trip will travel by paved road to the Closed Canyon site with stops along the way.  Guests should wear comfortable shoes and desert attire.  Walking is required and the hike into the canyon is on level, but loose gravel.

Tour Price: $77/person; discounts are available for parties of 9 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $5/child discount.

(Trip price does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge 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. Closed Canyon Notes
  2. Where is Far Flung?
  3. Need Lodging?

Apache Trail

Style: Human History
Trip Length: 2 hours; 1.5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Flat, easy walk with slight elevation gain at the end
Perfect for: Folks Interested in Big Bend's Human History
Minimum Age: 6
Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.
Price: $59/person

It is amazing to us how the Native Americans lived and traveled in the Big Bend.  These were some hardy folks.  No couch sitters or iPad users in that group!

Although the early residents of this area did not build permanent structures, they did leave a great deal of their lives behind.

If you like cultural history, think about joining us for a 2 hour Jeep tour and walk into one of the many Native American "base camps" in the Big Bend.

You'll need some good walking shoes, a camera and an outdoor mind.

Trip Details:

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

Departure Times:
Summer Departures:
Apache Trail for the period May 15 - October 1 depart once a day at 9:00 a.m. from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Fall and Winter Departures: Apache Trail for the period October 1 - May 14 depart twice a day (9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Return Time/Trip Length (to Far Flung Outdoor Center):
2 hours
Refreshments: Iced water provided by Far Flung.  Guests should bring their own water bottle to be re-filled during the tour.
Difficulty: This tour requires walking on flat terrain with some elevation gain at the end of the trip.  In fact, this tour has more walking than actual Jeep time.  Guests should be in reasonable physical condition and be comfortable with a 1 mile round trip walk at a very slow pace.
Minimum Age: 6

Tour Price: $59/person; discounts are available for parties of 9 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $5/child discount.

(Trip price includes guide, "safari" style Jeep and iced water.  Price does not include Texas sales tax of 7.75%, energy surcharge, 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. Apache Trail Notes
  2. Where is Far Flung?
  3. Need Lodging?