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Had a blast with 65 middle schoolers

We brought our 8th graders to Big Bend for the week. Did lots of hiking and exploring, but a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sarah P
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Houston, Texas
via mobile
Caneo trip on the Rio Grande

This was one of the highlight of our trip to Big Bend National Park. We had Alison as our guide who... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Doris Y
,
Notfolk
via mobile
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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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  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“hot springs” (26 reviews)
“fruit” (17 reviews)
“cookies” (16 reviews)
LOCATION
FM 170 West, Terlingua, TX 79852
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"santa elena canyon"
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"take turns"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We brought our 8th graders to Big Bend for the week. Did lots of hiking and exploring, but a definite highlight was the few hours canoeing with Big Bend River Tours. They had 40 canoes yet we never felt crowded on the river. There was...More

Thank Sarah P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the highlight of our trip to Big Bend National Park. We had Alison as our guide who was so personable and gave us so much history and pointed out things of interest. We had a nice snack of fruit and cheese...More

Thank Doris Y
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

This is a fantastic company, so don’t hesitate making reservations! Our guide, Doug and Isaac were knowledgeable about the Geology & History as well as openly accommodating to our big group of 10. (4 adults, 6 kids ages 8-16) We always felt safe, welcomed and...More

1  Thank journeemyles
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Yvette set us up to take a 4 hour float of the Rio Grande in Big Bend Ranch State Park. Isaac did a great job and packed a really good picnic lunch. We saw havelinas grazing on the river bank. I saac knew exactly how...More

Thank rphmcbride
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

We spent a week in Big Bend National Park, and had been told by friends that a different and wonderful way to experience the area was to spend a day rafting -- which turned out to be very true! This day gave us another perspective,...More

1  Thank stowtraveller
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We had an amazing day trip with Dave and Allison guiding the way. We stopped at the Hot Springs for lunch with the option of a quick hike and/or dip in the Hot Springs. The Guides were very knowledgeable and personable. Gave great suggestions on...More

2  Thank Jeannette R
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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
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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

3  Thank Whitney V
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Reviewed 2 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.

1  Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed 4 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

1  Thank Mayandollar
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kevinfaes
31 March 2018|
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Response from stowtraveller | Reviewed this property |
Yes to water bottle, sunscreen, water shoes (or sneakers you don’t mind getting dirty/wet). There won’t really be much of a chance to swim, or at least wasn’t on our trip; you could ask if there will be on yours. They also... More
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pettytweedstraw
1 March 2018|
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Response from Nathaniel G | Reviewed this property |
I know that they do 1/2 day tours. As I recall, they don't go through Santa Elena Canyon. If possible I would recommend taking the whole day tour through the canyon.
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