Highly recommend. Half day jeep tour day 1 and full day float day 2 (Santa Helena.) Everybody was VERY friendly, and spending time with them, it is obvious the ALL love their job. We will have a great time with folk like that.
Old Ore Road Jeep tour
Challenge yourself on this north to south route that will take you over rough desert terrain and across the beautiful Dagger Flats. Discover the remnants of an impressive (and unusual!) engineering feat at the old Rio Grande mine.
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$199 per person
This trip requires a 20% non-refundable deposit with the balance due 5 days prior to the date of the trip.
Children 12 and younger receive a $5 child discount.
Discounts are available for parties of 8 or more booking at the same time.
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.
Return time (to Far Flung Outdoor Center)
Finish at approx 4:00 p.m. The tour lasts around 8 hours.
Tour runs daily and year-round, except Christmas day
Required minimum age
8 years old
About the vehicle
We conduct this trip by Hummer or Suburban in order to provide a more comfortable ride with air conditioning and heating.
Discover the forgotten Rio Grande mine
The Old Ore tour is a full-day activity covering vast and rugged terrain within the national park; we don’t want first-timers biting off more than they can chew, so we recommend this tour to people who already carry some Big Bend experience. We’ll travel north to south for about 28 miles; kicking off the adventure at Dagger Flats where you’ll be surrounded by native dagger plants, cacti, and classic desert landscape your guide will tell you all about. We’ll stop near Rio Grande Village, an old mining area where ore was transported into the States from Mexico about 100 years ago. Remnants of the old cables and overhead cars can still be seen today! We’ll keep you fuelled with a classic Far Flung field lunch complete with sandwich bar, chips, homemade salsa, cookies, fresh fruit, and plenty of iced water and lemonade to keep you hydrated.
|The friendliest expert guides||Texas sales tax at 8.25%|
|Closed-top Hummer or Suburban||Energy surcharge|
*Our lunches vary based on current supplies, but expect a smorgasbord of picnic foods such as deli meats, cheeses, fresh fruit, dips, chips, pickles and cookies. Iced water will be available during the trip with tea and lemonade available at lunch. Because of our remote location, specialty foods are more difficult to obtain. Should you have a specific dietary requirement, please notify our office at least 48 hours prior to the departure date.
What to bring
Comfortable, loose fitting clothing
Light jacket in cooler months
Comfortable walking shoes
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Camera & binoculars
Frequently Asked Questions
Can dietary requirements be catered to?
Usually, yes. But please contact us to notify us at least 48 hours in advance.
What is the weather like?
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?
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 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?
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?
Jeep tours require a 20% 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 Far Flung will cancel a tour, but in the event we do, all money (including deposits) will be refunded.
Will I be required to sign a waiver?
Trip participants must understand and appreciate that riding in an off-road vehicle involves some risk. These risks include, but are not limited to:
- Forces of nature, including extreme heat, cold, hail, rain, and lightning
- Possible roll-over or loss of control of a Jeep driven by 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
- Accident or illness without access to immediate evacuation or availability of medical supplies and the inadequacy of medical attention once provided
All participants will be required to sign a waiver before partaking in any Far Flung activity and must agree to abide by all rules related to off-road safety as outlined by Far Flung Outdoor Center and/or its guide staff.
The staff on site was also very helpful, friendly, and responsive. The 360 Jeep tour and Half Day float were incredible. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. Hands down the best experience all around; highly recommend this place.
This was the best part of my time in Big Bend
I cannot recommend this enough, and I cannot say enough positive things about the guide who showed us the area. It was an amazing experience. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area and tailored the experience to our interests.
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!