Canyon Float Trips

Descend into the many canyons of the Rio Grande by boat. Float through the spectacular scenery of the international boundary. The Rio Grande has a slight gradient, making for good boating even when the water volumes are low. If you arrive after a summer rain though, experience the big waves in a raft.

Rio Grande River Trips

Adventure Awaits

The water level determines which canyon we float through.

Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon is one of the best-known features of Big Bend National Park. With canyon walls up to 1500 feet tall it has the tallest cliffs of all the canyons in Big Bend.

Trips can be arranged for one to three days. The water level dictates whether we float from Lajitas and begin in the open desert riparian zone before heading into the canyon or paddle upstream from the mouth of the canyon and then return back downstream, known as the "boomerang" trip.

Hot Springs Canyon

Begin the trip floating through open desert. Stop for a soak in the hot springs and cool-off in the Rio Grande. Then explore the Historic District developed in 1909 as a resort with a store,  post office, and motor-court, Admire early inhabitants pictographs on the limestone cliffs.

 Continue downstream floating through the picturesque Hot Springs Canyon that frames the Sierra Del Carmen Mountains in Mexico.

Boquillas Canyon

This trip starts at Rio Grande Village and quickly floats by the village of Boquillas, Mexico. This is the longest canyon in Big Bend National Park and requires 3-4 days to float the 33 miles.  With plenty of off-river side canyons to explore it is a true wilderness trip.

The gentle rapids make this an ideal family trip. Spend the night under the stars, listening to the river flow by. Wake up to birds chirping and watch the canyon walls change colors in the morning light. Get into the swing of "river life" on this multi-day adventure. 

Colorado Canyon

Colorado Canyon is located in Big Bend Ranch State Park. This canyon has the highest average gradient of any stretch of the Rio Grande in Big Bend. This means more rapids. Class II-III rapids make this an exciting run. This canyon is carved from volcanic material, making it a different color than the other canyons carved of limestone.

This full day trip includes driving the "River Road" with stunning vistas through mountainous terrain.

Full Day Float Trips

You will be responsible for bringing your lunch, snacks, and beverages. We have coolers that the lunches can be packed into.  Lunches can be packed for you at an additional cost.  Along with the typical river equipment of PFDs (personal flotation devices) and paddles we will provide you with a dry-bag to keep your camera and other valuables dry.

Basic Itinerary for a Day Trip

  • 9:00 a.m. Meet in Terlingua, Texas at the intersection of Hwy 118 and Hwy 170

  • 10:00 a.m. Arrive at the river and get outfitted for the float 

  • 12:00 p.m. Stop along the river and enjoy lunch

  • 4:00 p.m. Return back to Terlingua

Overnight Trips

Spending a night on the river allows you to get better acquainted with the Chihuahuan Desert and the Rio Grande. Allow your focus to shift to the sounds and sights of the riparian zone. The luxuries of camping are allowed when all the gear is floating on a boat downriver. We will pack a full kitchen and enjoy some dutch-oven cooking. Chairs and tables will be set by the fire. We have tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads available if you do not have any. You will be provided a large dry-bag to pack your essential gear such as extra layers of clothing. Spending several nights on the river is truly a great way to relax and let the every-day worries drift away.