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!
Whether it’s the limestone walls of Santa Elena Canyon, the volcanic history of Colorado Canyon, or a warm soak in the Hot Springs Canyon, a day on the river in Big Bend is unlike any other!
$159 per person, plus taxes and fees
$154/person for children 12 and under, plus taxes and fees
Please Note: These trips will operate on established dates (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) with only two or three guests, however in the event only two or three guests participate, a price of $209 and $204/person, respectively, would apply. Once the trip has a total of at least four participants, the price for each participant would be as stated above.
Departure Dates and Times
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Trips depart at 8:00 a.m.
Trip returns to Far Flung at approximately 5 p.m.
*Off day trips may be available for parties of 8 or more
- Please note: Social distancing will require guests to travel in their own vehicle to and from the river. Please contact our office with questions or more information.
- PFD’s (personal flotation devices) and double bladed paddles
- All park use fees
- The friendliest and most knowledgeable guides
- Waterproof bags for personal items
- Iced water
*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.
- Texas sales tax at 8.25%
- Energy surcharge
- Gratuity (optional – and only if our service exceeds your expectations!)
Far Flung Outdoor Center (click here for directions)
Type of Boat Used
We use Jackson sit-on top kayaks for our one day trips. In the event of high water or inclement weather we may switch to canoes or rafts.
Recommended Minimum Age
Easy; paddling is required on trips traveling by kayak
Deposit and Cancellation
$20 per person, non-refundable deposit at the time of booking.
Final balance is due 5 days prior to departure.
Due to constant changes in water levels on the Rio Grande it is virtually impossible to predict, in advance, the section of river on which we will run this tour.
Please understand that when you book a One Day Canyon float we may not know the section of river we will run until the day before the trip.
Far Flung Outdoor Center makes every effort to select a section of river and craft that, we believe, will give every guest the enjoyment of floating through one of our amazing Big Bend canyons!
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.
Full 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.
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.
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.
WOW.they are organized and have it together. Great river adventure.
Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and most importantly FUN! We learned so much about the area as we rode to the river. Yummy snacks were provided, too. We would definitely use Far Flung again for any type of tour!
We had a great time on our canoe trip down the Santa Elena canyon! The guides were helpful and informative. The trip was beautiful! We appreciated that the trip was very organized and well run.
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!