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Big Bend Boating and Hiking Company

Terlingua, TX, USA
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About Big Bend Boating and Hiking Company
A tour company offering a variety of options to explore the Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Terlingua Ghost Town, and Mexico. Enjoy a scenic float thru the canyons of the Rio Grande. Hike the many trails and familiarize yourself with the Chihuahuan desert. Learn the cultural history of The Terlingua Ghost Town. Cross the border to Boquillas or Ojinaga, Mexico for fresh tacos.
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Descend into the many canyons of the Rio Grande by boat. Float through the spectacular scenery of the international boundary. The water level determines which canyon we float through and whether we float in canoes, kayaks, or rafts. This scenic float is great for all ages. Come explore the Chihuahuan Desert and learn about the geology, plants, and history. This is a full day trip, you will be responsible for bringing your lunch, and we have the coolers to pack your lunch in.
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Mirriam B wrote a review Dec 2020
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FAAAABULOUS CREW - Informative, sweet, funny, highly experienced. We’ve been to Big Bend more than a handful of times yet this was our favorite experience by far. You really can’t beat being told stories of the land by those that know it best, we even got a killer history lesson on the bus ride back to headquarters. I wish I remembered the gentleman’s name who drove us back! He was hilarious, the bird expert of the tour, piercing eyes, terrible dad jokes – – I believe he was from California – – he was great! Five stars. Obviously the sisters that run the businesses are unbelievably phenomenal, wish we could learn from them for more than just a few hours. Will definitely be returning again. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Mitch M wrote a review Dec 2020
Plano, Texas10 contributions1 helpful vote
My son and I kayaked in the Big Bend State Park. The tour chooses the river based on current water levels. They picked us up at the take out point and that was great in that we could leave our dry clothes in the car and we also avoided having to wear our Covid masks all the way there since we didn’t ride in their van. Our guides Josh, Rye and Adam were very safety conscious, pointed out interesting facts and had good stories to tell. They provided us with rubber boots but I advise just wearing some old tennis shoes because the boots filled up with water and were clumsy to walk in. You will get wet but it’s not really uncomfortable. The temperature started at 50 degrees and warmed up to 72 the day we went (between Christmas and New Years) and we didn’t get cold. Between sunlight and paddling, you’ll stay warm.
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Theresa wrote a review Dec 2020
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We had a great time on our Boomerang excursion. It was important to me that we explore Santa Elena Canyon on our little adventure. We were warned in advanced about the low water height and CFS, but I was determined. Big Bend Boating and Hiking was so accommodating, which I truly appreciate. On the Santa Elena Canyon Boomerang, you paddle your kayaks upstream for about 3 miles then float back (you could go further if you are more experienced and faster). There are several locations that require you to get out and walk in ~1 foot deep water. It took us about 2 hours to make it to Smuggler’s Cave and back. This time of year the sun does not reach the canyon floor so there is no hope of drying out. It was a little chilly at first, but when we got wet, it was freezing. That doesn’t mean we didn’t have an amazing adventure. We just packed it in a little early. Before you start, you need to be able to help haul the kayaks down to the river (30-50 pounds x 1/4 mile)... and back up after your trip. Hiking upstream for 3 miles takes a fair amount of arm strength. I’ve only kayaked a couple times and between our novice inability to keep the boat straight and the current... I bet we paddled 5 miles. 🤣 You can not wear enough layers. I had on 2 under armour cold gear shirts, a mostly water proof down coat, and 2 pairs of wool socks. My gloves were soaked by 1/3 of the way in (I wish I had brought two more pairs). The company gave us water boots and wet bags, but by the end of the trip, water had spilled into our boots, lol. Again, we had a GREAT time, and I highly recommend this company and Santa Elena Canyon!!!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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来回晃悠 wrote a review Dec 2020
Houston, Texas5 contributions
This is really an unforgettable trip! We booked a half-day kayak trip for two from their website. The guide is kind and explained every notice to us before we entered the river. The Rio Grande is beautiful, we stepped into the shoal at Mexico side for taking the photo. The kayak is hard to drive because this is our first trial. The guide provided lots of useful guidance during the trip. Surprisingly, our kayak flipped over at the last turning point. Our cell phone and camera were soaked in water and
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Julie M wrote a review Dec 2020
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We had a great experience doing a self-guided kayaking trip. We called multiple times beforehand to plan our trip and the team was very helpful and informative. We finished early and they took the effort to adjust their plans to come pick us up a day early. The views and the experience were unbelievable and couldn’t have done it without them.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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