Trip Details


$379/person for children 12 and under 

Departure Dates and Times

Tuesday and Friday


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


Trip returns to Far Flung the next day at approximately 4 p.m.


*Off day trips may be available for parties of 4 or more bookings at the same time

  • Transport to the river (15-passenger van)
  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Tents
  • Safety talk
  • All park use fees
  • The friendliest expert guides
  • Waterproof bags for personal items
  • River Equipment
  • Stories of the river
  • All meals*

*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.

Not Included
  • Sleeping bag, pad, and personal gear
  • Energy surcharge
  • Texas sales tax at 8.25%
  • Tips

Meeting Location

Far Flung Outdoor Center (click here for directions)

Type of Boat Used

Canoes or rafts, depending on water levels

Recommended Minimum Age

8 years


Easy; paddling is required on trips traveling by canoe

Deposit and Cancellation

$20/person, non-refundable deposit at the time of booking.


Final balance is due 10 days prior to departure.

Other Terms and Conditions

Prices do not include energy surcharge, sales tax or gratuities


Off day trips may be available for parties of 4 or more bookings at the same time

Special Considerations

Please understand that this trip may run by canoe or raft depending on water levels on the day of departure. For the most part, trips on the Rio Grande these days are by canoe.


Overnight trips are usually operated in Santa Elena Canyon, but depending on water levels and time of year, the trip may travel upstream from the mouth of the canyon exit.


Please check with our office to discuss current and future water conditions.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there bathrooms?


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?


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.


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?


Multi-day river trips 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.
(Specialty trips will have stricter cancellation policies.)

What about changes to the schedule?


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?


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!