Overnight float trip

2-day trip

Canyon experience

Camp under the stars

If one day in the great expanse of Big Bend National Park sounds like too much of a scramble, why not make it two? Two glorious days to experience the best of the Wild West, from the Rio Grande river which lazily winds through two countries, to deep valleys and craggy peaks. Escape the chaos of everyday life and reconnect with nature in this vast untamed landscape.

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Trip Details

Price

$369/person
A non-refundable deposit of $50/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the river trip.

Click to see available discounts

Children 12 and under receive a $10/child/day discount.


Required minimum age

8 years old


Departure time

8:30 a.m. Please arrive at 8:15 a.m.


Availability

Every Tuesday and Saturday. Should you have a party of eight or more, we can make other days available during the week – simply get in touch.


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 4 p.m. on day 2.


Difficulty

Easy; paddling is required on trips traveling by canoe


About the canoe/raft

Canoe or raft, depending on water levels


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.

Get Up Close and Personal to Big Bend Wilderness


What makes the overnight trips so special? First of all, imagine turning off your cell phone, then imagine floating through canyons where the limestone walls rise up to 1500 feet around you. Go ahead and smile when you think about the idea of someone (our guide staff) doing all of the cooking, cleaning and heavy lifting. Now throw in the greatest camp food you’ve ever tasted and you’ve got the makings of a perfect wilderness getaway!
Since our river flows are largely regulated by seasonal rainfall and dam releases from Mexico, our ability to predict water levels and which canyon we’ll float in advance is limited. Our choice of canyons include Santa Elena, Colorado or Temple. When planning your overnight on the Rio Grande, please understand that the trip may be conducted by canoe or raft. Either way you’re guaranteed a complete wilderness adventure in the mind-blowing nature of Big Bend.

Inclusions

*See “Accommodation and Meals” tab for sample menus

What to bring

Comfortable, loose fitting clothing

Light jacket in cooler months

Long pants and warm socks for night

River sandals or old tennis shoes

One pair of shoes for camp

Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

Insect repellent

Water bottle

Sleeping bag & pad (see sleeping arrangements below)

Small camp pillow

Small hand towel, soap, and toiletries

Moisturizer/skin lotion

Wet wipes (small package)

Personal medications

{Optional} Camera

{Optional} Your own supply of soft drinks (no glass, please!)

{Optional} Small ice chest (no foam chests, please!)

Accommodation & Meals

We furnish tent lodging which sleeps two people comfortably. If you are traveling alone, you will have your own tent, however, you should bring your own sleeping bag and pad. We have a limited quantity of sleeping bags and/or pads for rent at $6 each/night. Our pads are 2 inches thick and are much more comfortable than the traditional, thin pad you might take on a backpacking trip. Sleeping bags are 3 season and are freshly laundered after each use. Please contact our office at 432-371-2633 to reserve a bag and/or pad.

Meals can vary, but below is a typical day of meals. Guests with food restrictions should let us know at least 7 days in advance so we can plan accordingly.
Breakfast: eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and juice.
Lunch: a deli-style spread of foods such as meats, cheese, fruit, chips, pickles, cookies, and pasta or tuna salad.
Dinner: fish, chicken, steaks, pork chops, pasta, vegetables, salads, dutch oven dessert.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there bathrooms?

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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.

Do I need a passport or other documentation?

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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.

Tell me about the Far Flung store.

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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.

What is your cancellation policy?

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Multi-day river trips require a $50/person non-refundable deposit with the balance due 7 days prior to the trip (specialty trips such as gourmet, New Years, music, etc. have higher deposit requirements and earlier payment times). Because we prepare well in advance for the trip, last minute cancellations are costly. Cancellations more than 7 days prior to the departure date forfeit the deposit amount. Cancellations (including no-shows) within 7 days of the trip departure date forfeit the entire cost of the trip. (Specialty trips will have stricter cancellation policies.)

What about changes to the schedule?

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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.

What are the terms and conditions?

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Trip participants must understand and appreciate that river rafting, canoeing 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!

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!