A family vacation that keeps everyone happy! From games and activities, to educational stories as we gently paddle down the river, this trip has all the ingredients for a trip your family will remember well into adulthood!

Trip Details


$425 adults, plus sales tax
$405 kids under 12, plus sales tax

Required minimum age

6 years old

Departure time

8:30 a.m.

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2024 departure dates are: March 9, 16, 23

Minimum group size

4 people

Meeting point

Far Flung Outdoor Center. Click here to see how to find us.

Tour duration

2 days, 1 night. Return to Far Flung Outdoor Center at approximately 3-4 p.m. on day 2.


Easy; paddling will be required on trips traveling by canoe

About the canoe/raft

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 will be conducted by canoe, except in limited cases when water levels are high.

About the guide

Certified in wilderness first aid and CPR, our guides are outdoor enthusiasts with many years’ experience of running rivers. They’ll haul the gear and, with a little encouragement, even provide entertainment. Realizing that personal involvement increases one’s enjoyment of a trip, they will welcome your interest in learning how to row, paddle or better understand the desert plant and animal life. Our staff will enrich your experience by sharing their knowledge of Big Bend’s extensive natural and human history.


  • Transport to the river (15-passenger van)
  • All Meals
  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Waterproof bags for personal items
  • Tents
  • River equipment

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag, pad, and personal gear
  • Texas sales tax at 8.25%
  • Gratuities for staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Because the trip will take us through primitive areas of Big Bend, bathroom facilities are limited. The put-ins and take-outs along the half-day section have compost type toilets. 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.

You will NOT need a passport or any form of identification to float the Rio Grande, however due to Homeland Security regulations, we won’t be stopping on the Mexican side of the river for hikes, snacks, or other activities.

If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, we strongly advise you to bring your passport, visa, or other related documentation which will not be required on the river but will be needed to clear Border Patrol checkpoints on your way out of the Big Bend area.

We have a retail store complete with t-shirts, shorts, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottles, and many other outdoor accessories. Our store will be open before and after your trip in the event you need to purchase any last minute article or trip mementos.

Full deposit is required at the time of booking. Our cancellation policy is as follows: Full refund- cancellations made within 48 hours of booking minus a $25 cancellation fee. 50% refund- cancellations made after 48 hours of booking and at least 8 days prior to trip date, minus a $25 cancellation fee.

No refund- cancellations made within 7 days of trip.

It is rare that FFOC will cancel a trip, but in the event we do, all money (including deposits) will be refunded.

FFOC reserves the right to alter, modify or cancel any trip or a portion of any trip due to weather, water levels or the safety and convenience of our guests. It is the intent of FFOC to operate the river tours in cases where the safety of our guests is not compromised. Guests should appreciate that inclement weather may not be cause for a trip cancellation.

Trip participants must understand and appreciate that rafting, canoeing, kayaking and wilderness travel involve certain inherent risks. These risks include, but are not limited to, loss of or damage to personal property, personal injury, or fatality resulting from: capsize of raft or canoe, collision with a vehicle, vessel, rock, log, tree or other obstacles; falling while aboard a raft; accident or illness in remote places with limited or no medical facilities; and exposure to temperature extremes or inclement weather.
We require all of our guests to sign an agreement and acknowledgment of risk before taking the trip. From time to time, we use photographs and videos of our trips for promotional and business purposes. By going on our trip, you consent to the use of your image, without compensation, for FFOC marketing activities. See you on the river!

A Preview of Your Trip

Get Out & Explore

Far Flung Outdoor Center, swimming pool
Texas, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Colorado Canyon, Rio Grande kayakers in rapid

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!