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Big Bend River Tours

FM 170 West, Terlingua, TX 79852
+1 432-371-3033
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Great float down the Rio Grande

We took a half day trip with Doug from Big Bend River Tours and had a great experience. Doug was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fort Worth, Texas
Rio Grande Adventure

Seeing Big Bend on the Rio Grande is a must and we had an unforgettable experience thanks to Big... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2018
Whitney V
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Since 1979 Big Bend River Tours outdoor outfitter has offered river trips, guided park tours, backroad tours, hiking and backpacking and now horseback combo trips as well. Come join us in the beautiful Big Bend of Texas. Open every day, 365 days a year. Come discover the magic of the Big Bend!
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  • Average3%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“canoe trip” (39 reviews)
FM 170 West, Terlingua, TX 79852
+1 432-371-3033
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a half day trip with Doug from Big Bend River Tours and had a great experience. Doug was very knowledgeable of the area and an extremely nice guy. We enjoyed hearing his stories and he was able to answer an questions we had...More

1  Thank pbbarnett
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Seeing Big Bend on the Rio Grande is a must and we had an unforgettable experience thanks to Big Bend River Tours. The natural border and simultaneous views of the US and Mexico are awe-inspiring. Our family of four adults did a full day canoe...More

2  Thank Whitney V
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

The canyon and river were outstanding. We traveled in two person canoes. The food was incredible: filet mignons with wine for supper. We didn’t see any other boats on the river. Very scenic and quiet. There were six guests and two guides.

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Boatman Doug was a perfect fit for us. He was calm, humorous and very competent. Santa Elena canyon was beyond description. The rock formations, the light and the colors of the river were unforgettable. We saw animals and plants and were lucky to be able...More

Thank Mayandollar
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Even if you can only do 1/2 day a trip down the Rio Grande is worth it. It is the only way to see some of the most scenic parts of the National Park and the Rio Grande. Big Bend offered River tours that are...More

1  Thank Delbe M
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Just finished a full day raft tour with Big Bend River Tours, Doug was outstanding ! The service was outstanding! Doug was very knowledgeable of the area had great back stories and was an excellent boatsman. We would highly recommend Bug a Bend River Tours!

1  Thank RPO129
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Our friends, Wes and Val, said let's road trip to Big Bend area, stay at the El Dorado Hotel in Terlingua TX, take a day trip rafting down the Santa Elena Canyon on the lazy Rio Grande river - so we did and, WOW, what...More

2  Thank Diane J
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We did a raft trip through Santa Elena Canyon with Big Bend River Tours. The canyon is very impressive with vertical walls on both sides extending up to 1500 feet above the river. Our guide, Jarrod was terrific. I was very impressed by his experience,...More

Thank Nathaniel G
Reviewed 6 September 2017

My city slicker pal and myself did the Santa Elana canyon one day tour with Big Bend River Tours. We went out on Sunday September 4, 2017 and the river levels were very, very high. This allowed for what seemed like a fairly easy ride...More

2  Thank Joey T
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

On August 18th we did the day trip through Santa Elena Canyon. It was a GREAT trip!! The water was flowing really good, the canyon and scenery were beautiful. Doug was an awesome guide who took very good care of everyone in the raft. He...More

Thank bnutt08
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22 January 2018|
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Response from Diane J | Reviewed this property |
The all day raft trip is the way to go for sure. I would not feel comfortable in a canoe unless you are experienced with it. I loved the raft trip and plan on experiencing that memory maker again!
8 May 2017|
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Response from Matthew W | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer in regard the night trip, sorry. However, the day trip the provided a fruit buffet with some sandwich making stuff too. I'd imagine it something simple along those lines. Could always forward the question to... More
31 March 2017|
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Response from Smlny | Reviewed this property |
Very laid back river trip. More of a float trip when we went in October.