My husband and I really enjoyed the half day kayak trip. Reed, our leader, was witty and knowledgeable. Caroline was great with assistance. Going down the Rio Grande was one of our favorite experiences while visiting the Big Bend area.
$84/person for children 12 and under
Our half day trips run in the lower section of Colorado Canyon (Dark Canyon) in Big Bend Ranch State Park, not in Santa Elena Canyon.
Departure Dates and Times
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
(should you have a group of 8 or more, please contact our office at 432-371-2633 as we may be able to run on off days)
Summer (May 1 – September 30) at 8:00 a.m.
Winter, Fall & Spring (October 1 – April 30) at 8:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m.
Check your time zone against FFOC’s time zone here.
Guides, boats, equipment, waterproof bags; Guests should bring their own water bottle or vessel to hold water; Far Flung will provide plenty of iced water.
Far Flung Outdoor Center (click here for directions)
Type of Boat Used
We use Jackson sit-on top single kayaks. We have a limited number of doubles which are great for one adult and one child under 8 years of age. During inclement weather or high water, the trip may run by canoe or raft.
Recommended Minimum Age
Easy; paddling is required on trips traveling by kayak.
Deposit and Final Balance
$20/person, non-refundable deposit.
Final balance is due 5 days prior to departure.
- PFD’s (personal flotation devices) and double bladed paddles
- All park use fees
- Waterproof bags for personal items
- Iced water
- Shuttle to and from the river
- Texas sales tax at 8.25%
- Energy surcharge of $5/person
- Gratuities (only if our service exceeded your expectations!)
Other Terms & Conditions
Prices do not include energy surcharge or sales taxes.
Off day trips may be available for parties of 8 or more
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 shop 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.
Half-day river trips require a $20/person, non-refundable deposit with the balance due 5 days prior to the date of the trip. Cancellations 5 days prior to departure forfeit the deposit amount. Cancellations (including no-shows) within 5 days of the trip departure forfeit the entire cost of the 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 river 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.
Our river tour was amazing and so much fun! The Casitas were so wonderful when the weather turned freezing on Tuesday. We had an excellent time getting kolaches and muffins and coffee each morning too. We really want to come back annually now! This was our first trip to BB and you all made it even more memorable!
The Far Flung Center gets better and better each time we visit. Thank you for sharing your hard work, expertise and enthusiasm with all of us. We truly appreciate it … and can’t wait to return.
I really REALLY enjoyed our Rio Grande kayak tour, and believe me, I’m not a kayak girl. I’m actually pretty terrified of deep water. My husband even asked me not to cry when we were going on that tour. I didn’t!! I loved it! Rapids weren’t really rapids, so I felt pretty safe there, and other parts of Rio Grande were like floating on lazy river( just missed drink in my hand) Olivia and two other guides were so easy going, fun and helpful!!! I totally recommend Far Flung and I’m looking forward to go back and do more fun things with them!
Gosh – every single guide on our tour was FANTASTIC. Truly. Great customer service, friendly and kind, knowledgeable and thoughtful. We had such a fun experience and really thought you hit it out of the park with the team who worked with us that day. Kayaks are kayaks, but people make the difference – and your team was wonderful. They were encouraging and welcoming to our kids (ages 6 and 11), and it was just one of the highlights of our rather-adventure-packed trip. Thank you for finding some really great team members; that isn’t easy!
Get Out & Explore
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!