WOW.they are organized and have it together. Great river adventure.
・Private Vehicles: $350 (8 hours) or $199 (4 Hours)
・Tour Buses: $475 full-day or $300 half-day
・Field Lunch: $12 per person
・Tour prices are fixed at 4 or 8 hours, even if the tour is completed in less time. Tours that exceed the 4 or 8 hour limit will be charged an additional $50 per hour.
・This trip requires a 20% non-refundable deposit with the balance due 5 days prior to the date of the trip.
Required minimum age
5 years old
This will be set according to your schedule.
Tour runs daily, year-round, except Christmas day
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)
This will depend on your departure time. Full-day trips will last 8 hours and half-day trips will last 4 Hours.
- The friendliest expert guides
- Cold drinks
- Lunch* (if requested, at an additional cost)
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
- Park entrance fees
What to Bring
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
- Light jacket in cooler months
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Water bottle
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.
ENHANCE YOUR BIG BEND ADVENTURE WITH A FAR FLUNG GUIDE
Your car, our guide! This tour is perfect for visitors arriving to Big Bend in their own car who would like to do some exploring with the assistance of one of our guides. Whether you arrive in an SUV, Jeep, Chuck Wagon or Hummer- just save us a seat and we’ll gladly accompany you, share our knowledge, keep you safe and ensure a stress-free Big Bend adventure!
Think of it as your very own private tour of Big Bend, where you can experience it’s wonder and beauty exclusively with your group or loved ones, at your own pace and in your own way. Your guide will work with you to prep an itinerary that includes any special requests, must-see locations or desired routes within the park.
You can even go the whole hog and rent a Jeep(opens in a new tab) from us as well to go with your step on guide!
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.
Should the day’s itinerary involve being away from restaurants, Far Flung can provide a field lunch at an additional charge. This lunch is no “brown bag” special, but rather one of our famous field lunches complete with lunch meats, cheeses, breads, chips, dips, fresh fruit, condiments, desert and iced tea or lemonade. Please contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you have special dietary needs. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs, however, please understand that our nearest full service grocery store is 150 miles to the north.
<strong>Spring (March – April)</strong> Day: 75-90, Night: 45-60
<strong>Summer (May – September)</strong> Day: 85-100+, Night: 70-80
<strong>Fall (October – December)</strong> Day: 70-85, Night: 45-60
<strong>Winter (January – February)</strong> Day: 55-75, Night: 30-50
Rainfall averages 10-12 inches per year, with the majority of rainfall during the months of July – September.
Full-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.
It is rare that FFOC will cancel a trip, but in the event we do, all money (including deposits) will be refunded.
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.
Trip participants must understand and appreciate that riding in an off road vehicle involves some risk. These risks include, but are not limited to 1) forces of nature, including extreme heat, cold, hail, rain and lightning 2) 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 3) 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.
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.
A Preview of Your Trip
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!