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General questions

Where is the Far Flung Outdoor Center? How do I arrive?

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We are located on Farm Road 170 about a half mile west of the intersection of Highway 118 and Farm Road 170. We are on the left hand (south) side of FM 170 as you travel towards the Terlingua ghost-town and Lajitas. Our office facilities are in a tan metal building with red trim. Look for the large yellow sign with our name and logo. If you want to see directions by train, plane and car please visit our location page.

So you’re right on the border. Is it dangerous?

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Far Flung is on the river just about every day of the year – as we have been for over 30 years. We’re just not seeing the “violence” portrayed in the movies and news. Could it happen? Sure, but our trips have not experienced any contact with individuals who might be aggressive or confrontational. We might argue that you’re more likely to see daily violence in a big city somewhere.
Law enforcement in this area is top drawer and vigilant. Keep in mind that since we have two large public parks – Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park – our community is protected by Park Rangers, Border Patrol, Brewster County Sheriff’s officers and Homeland Security – just to name a few. Senior officials of the Border Patrol have indicated to us that they see most of the “violence” in urban settings and not in rural, remote locations like Big Bend.
If you’re interested in this topic and are looking to learn more, why not check out our blog post on border security?

Are you guys open all year round?

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We are. The only day of the year where our activities don’t run is Christmas Day – but our casitas do stay open! Though please be aware that there might be a limited service for the one day, i.e. you might not get a fresh towel.

Is there mobile signal out there?

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Maybe. Sometimes. Well, okay. In town you can get a signal, but get away from the Terlingua metropolitan area and forget about it. They are putting in two new towers next year, so we should see some improvement. But, after all, isn’t that what you’re wanting to get away from?

Do you have anywhere where I can get a coffee or a snack before the tour?

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We do. Our cafe opened a couple of years back and our coffee and muffins have since got everyone talking. Come down and try them for yourself!

I’ve seen people rocking about town with your t-shirts on. Where can I buy one?

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We don’t have an online shop – all sales/purchases are made in our on-site store. Get down to the Far Flung Outdoor Center, experience the place, and get the t-shirt to prove it.

Do you have a map of the premises?

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We sure do, you can view it and download it here.

Lodging questions

When is check-in time?

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Check-in time is at 3 p.m. Check-out time is at 11 a.m. We’re happy to store your luggage before your check-in or after your check-out.

Is breakfast included?

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We don’t serve breakfast but your casita comes equipped with all the pots, pans and dishes you need to make your own!

Is there a laundromat on site?

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No, but there is one just up the road from us!

Is there a fire pit?

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Yes, we light it at dark-thirty.

Is there a grocery store nearby?

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Yes, there is. The selection can be limited so we recommend bringing any specialty food, meat, and produce you’d like to have during your stay.

Are there restaurants nearby?

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We’ve got some great food in these parts. About 8-10 eating establishments depending on the time of year.

Is there WiFi at the casitas?

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Yes, each casita is equipped with free WiFi.

Hiking Questions

What routes do you take?

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You tell us where you want to go and we’ll take you! Our guides have many years of experience in the Big Bend and can recommend the best hike for you, completely customizable based on your interests! Options include Lost Mine, Closed Canyon, and Apache Trail.

Are the hikes physically demanding?

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This totally depends on you. We can organize mild, moderate, or difficult hikes to your preference.

What will I see?

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You choose what you see based on where you want us to take you! Witness Native American “base camps” on the Apache Trail, impressive canyons (funnily enough) on the Closed Canyon Trail, and great views, photo ops, and maybe even gold on the Lost Mine Hike.

Can I request a custom route?

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Absolutely! We know the Big Bend like the back of our big hands and we’ll plan a custom route according to your interests and experience level.

What do I need to bring?

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Refillable water bottle or hydration system, good walking shoes that are broken in, comfortable, loose fitting clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

River Trips Questions

What about the guides?

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Our guides are outdoor enthusiasts with many years of running rivers. They’ll haul the gear, organize hikes 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.

Should I tip the guide?

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Many guests ask us whether tipping the guides is appropriate. If you believe the guides have 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 is the snack like?

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Our snacks vary based on current supplies, but expect a sampling of fruit, crackers, cheese, chips, or dips. Iced water will be available all during the trip with tea and lemonade mixes available during the snack.

Should I bring a camera?

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Big Bend is a scenic wonderland. We encourage you to bring a camera. We have waterproof bags available to store your equipment, but please remember this is a water activity, and there are no guarantees. Our retail store stocks a full complement of disposable cameras.

What about the bathroom?

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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.

What do I need to bring?

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Please refer to section below about what to wear. We also recommend you bring a windbreaker/fleece jacket (months of November – April), rain jacket or poncho (months of June – October), hat or cap (wide brim hats are preferred!), sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm, and a water bottle (we have plenty of iced water!). Optionals include camera, binoculars, your own supply of soft drinks (no glass, please!), and small ice chest (no foam chests, please!)

What do I wear on the trip?

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Dress for the river is normally shorts, swimsuit, hat or visor, t-shirt, and river sandals or old tennis shoes for the warmer months. In cooler months, layering your clothing is strongly recommended. We will provide waterproof bags so that you can take off or put on clothes as necessary. Do not bring good shoes for the river – they will get wet! If you choose to wear sandals, they should have ankle straps.

Jeep Tours Questions

What kind of vehicles to you use for the Jeep tours?

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We use Jeep YJ Wranglers for all our 3-hour tours that have been specially designed for Far Flung. These “safari-style” vehicles have covered tops to protect against the sun and open sides for great viewing and picture taking. We conduct our longer day trips by Hummer or Sudan in order to provide a more comfortable ride with air conditioning and heating.

Are the Jeep tours suitable for for families and children?

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All our 3-hour jeep tours are suitable for kids and families, but we find that our day trips can be a long day for younger ones. Check out the trip details on each of our tours to find out more about age requirements.

Do I need any experience to take the jeep tours?

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There is no experience required for any of 3-hour tours, but some of our longer tours are more suited to experienced explorers, a.k.a. Big Benders, who have a better idea of the roughness and sheer scale of the park. Check out the trip details of each tour to find out more about experience levels.

Will there be opportunities to get out and explore during the tours?

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Yes, most definitely! Your guide will regularly pull over and take you on short walks to closer inspect points of interest, desert flora, geological formations, and viewpoints.

Can dietary requirements be catered to for the field lunches?

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Deli meats, cheeses, condiments, dips, chips, fresh fruit, dessert, tea, and lemonade are always on the menu. 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.

Are there any vehicle requirements for the step-on guide tour?

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Although not essential, we recommend (for a full Big Bend experience) that you visit the park in a vehicle suitable for some degree of off-roading, a 4 wheel drive such as an SUV, Jeep, or Hummer.

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