Float the canyons of the Rio Grande

Terlingua, United States

Experience hosted by Erica

7 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people
Includes food and equipment

What you'll do

Imagine floating thru the epic canyons of the Rio Grande on a full day, fully guided, fully equipped trip. The Rio is mostly flat water for a scenic adventure. The river has class I rapids that is perfect for our first timers. Come learn and/or work on your boating skills. The water levels fluctuate and can influence what boats we take: rafts (we can row you down the river or everyone paddles), canoes, or kayaks. Throughout the winter season, the river is usually not more than thigh deep.
Riding in a raft with all your favorite people makes for some fun pictures. We can row you down the river in a raft or if you/some/all want to paddle raft that is a great option too. At lower water levels we like to canoe and kayak. The canoes are 2 seaters with the option to ride smaller kids in the middle. The kayaks are single or tandem sit in or sit on top and are totally lots of fun. Weather also can influence what the choice boat would be.
We meet up in the morning and then drive down to the river. Included is all gear and dry bags. Please bring your own food and beverages. A cooler to put your lunch in and ice water is provided. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet.
Other things to note
We will meet at 9 a.m. central time (check your clock) at the office of Big Bend Boating & Hiking Company. Pack a camera, snacks, a lunch, water bottle and big smiles for a great day
Imagine floating thru the epic canyons of the Rio Grande on a full day, fully guided, fully equipped trip. The Rio is mostly flat water for a scenic adventure. The river has class I rapids that is perfect for our first timers. Come learn and/or work on your boating skills. The water levels fluctuate and can influence what boats we take: rafts (we can row you down the river or everyone paddles), canoes, or kayaks. Throughout the winter season,…

What's included

  • Food
    Bring all your own lunch, snacks, and beverages. A cooler is provided.
  • Equipment
    Personal Flotation Device's and dry bags are provided.

Meet your host, Erica

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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My twin sister, Erin Little and I have been guiding boats for 19 years. This is what attracted us to the Big Bend region as it is the only place in America that you can be a river guide in the winter. Jimmie, Cassidy, and Jeff also work with us. As guides we are Wilderness First Responder first aid certified and CPR certified. Erin is a Swiftwater Rescue Course Instructor. What makes the Rio Grande exciting is that you have almost 300 miles of river to float with 8 major canyons. Our crew look forward to sharing with you what we love about the Big Bend.
My twin sister, Erin Little and I have been guiding boats for 19 years. This is what attracted us to the Big Bend region as it is the only place in America that you can be a river guide in the winter. Jimmie, Cassidy, and Jeff also work with us. As guides we are Wilderness First Responder first aid certified and CPR certified. Erin is a Swiftwater Rescue Course Instructor. What makes the Rio Grande exciting is that you have almost 300 miles of river to float with 8 major canyons. Our cr…
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Where you'll be

If the water is high, we will be rafting through either Santa Elena or Colorado Canyon. If the water is medium, we will be wither rafting or kayaking thru Hot Springs Canyon where we stop and soak in the hot springs. If the water is low, we will be floating the Upper Canyons downstream or doing a Santa Elena Canyon boomerang where we paddle upstream, have lunch, and then float back down. There is not much current, it is like paddling on a lake

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 305 reviews.

Zach
September 2021
What a fantastic trip. We caravanned to the launch site and they broadcast a great tour of the landscape over the radio. Made the drive a lot of fun. The landscape was beyond words, and the canoeing, while challenging for us, was rewarding. Overall it's a great way to experience the park. As long as you're up for the paddling, it shouldn't be missed.
Kristin
September 2021
This was an AMAZING river trip!!! Our guide Adam was super knowledgeable about the National Park and surrounding areas as well as the vegetation. We even got a short hike in at the hot springs area. Definitely worth the money!
Jessica
September 2021
We had an amazing experience canoeing the Rio Grande with our tour guide, Adam. The views are stunning, the staff is super friendly and they take care of everything!
Gabriel
September 2021
This was better than I expected, being a first time to this region of Texas. I feel like a genius scheduling this to be our first activity upon arriving to Big Bend because Erica and her staff not only provided us with a majestic and safe trip, they gave us the insight needed to smartly navigate Big Bend. I suggest using Erica and her staff as your tour guide for everyone. My wife was scared to enter and ride on a canoe, but Erica had the awareness and perfect touch of gentleness to provide my wife the calm and confidence to ride. Erica and her staff provided my wife and I a beautiful memory we will cherish for the rest of our lives!!!!
Adri
September 2021
Our group enjoyed a truly lovely experience in gorgeous Santa Elena Canyon. Our guides, Erica and Jared, were friendly and helpful and provided us with lots of interesting information about the area — both history and current day. Highly recommend!
Melissa
September 2021
Great canoeing experience! Erin and Erica told info on the hour-long shuttles about the history of the area and rocks/plants. We did a small (optional) hike in the middle during our lunch break. Would 100% recommend bc the price includes the boats, dry bags, ice water. Also don’t have to deal with the hassle of putting your own car at the end.

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Activity advisory

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend.

What to bring

Shoes you don't mind getting wet.

Bring your own lunch, a cooler is provided. Bring a water bottle.