ATV Tour

Perfect for the adventurous explorer

Guided tour on private land

Pre-trip safety training

Building off the fun, educational format of our Jeep tours, we at Far Flung have created a different sort of backroad experience. Nothing fast, furious, or “Dukes of Hazzard.” Just a neat, guided ride into the wilds of Big Bend on agile all-terrain vehicles.

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Trip details

Price

Driver price: $170/person (this person actually operates the ATV)
Rider price: $85/person (this person rides behind the driver)
A non-refundable deposit of $10/unit is required at the time of booking. Final balances will be charged against the credit card on file 48 hours prior to departure.

Children 12 and younger receive a $5/child discount
Discounts are available for parties of 8 or more booking at the same time.


Meeting point

Far Flung Outdoor Center. Click here to see how to find us. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to leave — if you’re running late, give us a call to let us know.


Departure time

Summer departures (May 15-October 1): Once a day at 9:00 a.m.
Fall and winter departures (October 1-May 14): Twice a day (9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
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 to keep the other guests who have already arrived informed.


Availability

Tuesdays & Thursdays year round except Christmas Day


Duration

3 hours


Difficulty

This tour is a beginner to slightly intermediate ride; all guests will be required to participate in a pre-trip safety briefing. 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. This tour travels on private land and does not enter the national park.


Required minimum age

You must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license to operate an ATV alone. Riders must be at least 8 years of age.


Maximum capacity

2 people per ATV


About the vehicle

The Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV seats two guests very comfortably. Boy, are these babies fun to drive! But take your choice: ride with a friend or try one for yourself. Either way, you’ll experience the desert in a very unique way.

A spectacular destination with stunning views along the way

After we complete some paperwork at the office, we’ll move out back for helmet and goggle fitting as well as a safety talk. All ATV tours begin and end at the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Once we’re done with the practical stuff, we’ll ride 14 miles into the backcountry of 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.

Inclusions

What to bring

Your own personal water bottle to refill during the tour

Long pants (required)

Closed toe shoes (required)

Long sleeved shirt (recommended)

Hat or cap

Sunglasses

Bandana

Sunscreen

Camera and/or binoculars

Windbreaker or light jacket (for the months of October - March)

Frequently asked questions

What is the weather like?

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Spring (March – April) Day: 75-90°F, night: 45-60°F

Summer (May – September) Day: 85-100+°F, night: 70-80°F

Fall (October – December) Day: 70-85°F, night: 45-60°F

Winter (January – February) Day: 55-75°F, night: 30-50°F

Rainfall averages 10-12 inches per year, with the majority of rainfall during the months of July – September.

What about the bathroom?

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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?

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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.

What's your cancellation policy?

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ATV tours have a $10/person non-refundable deposit requirement with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date. Cancellations more than 48 hours before the departure date 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 for Far Flung to cancel a tour, but in the event that we do, you will receive a full refund (including deposits).

Will I be required to sign a waiver?

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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.

What about the safety?

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Safety notes

  • All guests will be required to sign an assumption of risk and release of liability agreement prior to participating in the tour.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Fresh coffee & merch

While you’re at the Far Flung Outdoor Center, start your day off right by indulging in a fresh cup of coffee, homemade muffins, bagels, and kolaches at our on-site coffee shop. Once you’re recharged and ready to go, head on over to our retail shop, pick up some merch, and head out into Big Bend wearing your new threads!