Jeep & ATV Tours

What is it about a Jeep that gives us a sense of nostalgia? Sure, there are lots of decent four wheeled vehicles out there, but nothing says "let's go explore" like a Jeep.

Forgive us for sounding like a Chysler commercial.  We're just proud of being the first and only real Jeep tour company in the Big Bend - since 1998.

So where do you want to go? What do you want to see?   Big Bend only has about 1,000,000 acres of desert to explore.  Some of it public lands, some of it not.

Our staff is looking over their maps right now.  You can't imagine how restless they get when they're not out finding new routes or showing folks some super neat places.

Help them out with their anxiety. Examine the list below and try on one of our many backcountry tours.  Then you can join the ranks of the restless.

Buena Suerte

Style: Ghosttown
Trip Length: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy, short walks
Perfect for: Families, Couples, Groups
Minimum Age: 6
Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat - AM/PM
Price: $81

About 100 years or so ago, some pretty hardy folks came out to the Big Bend in search of minerals.

What they found was cinnabar - Quicksilver or Mercury in its final form - and lots of it.  So they threw up some shantys and started drilling.  With their success came more mines, a small village, a general store, a school, a church and lots of housing.

All of this located in the most backwater place you can imagine - complete with no electricty, running water or flush toilets.

We're going to take you to this place known as the Good Luck mine.  All of the dreams of fortune have vanished, but what remains is the neatest little ghosttown in Texas.  If you like human history and man's quest for exploration, you'll love this three hour trip.

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions).  For those staying at the Lajitas Resort, we have pick-up service available at no charge.

Summer Departures:
 Buena Suerte tours for the period May 15 - October 1 depart once a day at 9:00 a.m. from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Fall and Winter Departures: Buena Suerte tours for the period October 1 - May 14 depart twice a day (9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Trips depart:  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Return Time/Trip Length (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): 3 hours

Refreshments: Iced water provided by Far Flung.  Guests should bring their own water bottle to be re-filled during the tour.

Difficulty: This is an easy tour suitable for all age groups.  The trip will be conducted on state and private land via primitive roads with some measure of roughness.

Tour Price: $81/person; discounts are available for parties of 9 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $5/child discount.

(Trip price includes does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms: A non-refundable deposit of $10/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. Buena Suerte Notes
  2. Buena Suerte Photo Gallery
  3. Where is Far Flung?
  4. Need Lodging?

Old Ore Road

Style: Big Bend National Park
Trip Length: 8 hours
Difficulty: Full day, short walks
Perfect for: Big Benders
Minimum Age: 8
Departs: Daily - 8:00 a.m.
Price: $189

Trip Resources:

  1. Where is Far Flung?
  2. Need Lodging?

Camp 360

Style: Desert Scenery
Trip Length: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy, short walks
Perfect for: Families, Couples, Groups
Minimum Age: 4
Departs: Daily - AM and PM
Price: $77

What a funny name. Camp 360 sounds like something on a topo map.  Or maybe something near the top of Mount Everest.

It's nothing like that. Our first Camp 360 tour back in 1998 was named that because we went to a place that had a spectacular view of Big Bend in all directions.

We've changed this tour over the years (and will again), but the name has stuck.   And so have the views.  Without a doubt, this is our most popular three hour trip.

So, grab your camera (they are required!), put on some good walking shoes and join this fun, educational, scenic road trip to the back of nowhere!

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure Times:
Summer Departures:
360 tours for the period May 15 - October 1 depart once a day at 9:00 a.m. from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Fall and Winter Departures: 360 tours for the period October 1 - May 14 depart twice a day (9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Return Time/Trip Length (to Far Flung Outdoor Center):
3 hours
Refreshments: Iced water provided by Far Flung.  Guests should bring their own water bottle to be re-filled during the tour.
Difficulty: This is an easy tour suitable for all age groups.  The trip will be conducted on private land via primitive roads with some measure of roughness.

Tour Price: $77/person; discounts are available for parties of 9 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $5/child discount.

(Trip price includes does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $10/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.

 

Trip Resources:

  1. Camp 360 Notes
  2. Where is Far Flung?
  3. Need Lodging?

'Round the Bend

Style: Big Bend National Park
Trip Length: 6 hours
Difficulty: Easy, short walks
Perfect for: Big Bend First Timers
Minimum Age: 6
Departs: Daily - 9:00 a.m.
Price: $145

Is there such a thing as taking a vacation and going to school at the same time?

Well, if you are coming out to the Big Bend - and it's your first time - give some thought to taking Far Flung's Big Bend 101 course by Jeep.  We call it 'Round the Bend.

There are no quizzes, homework or books.  Just a curious mind is all that is needed for this 6 hour (we call it all day) adventure into Big Bend National Park.

While we can't take in the entire park (that would translate into days, if not a lifetime!), our FFOC professors of natural history, will turn you into true "Big Benders"!

By the way, you don't have to be a first timer to enjoy this course!  And we'll bring lunch.

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)
Departure Times: 9:00 a.m.
Return Time/Trip Length (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Around 3 p.m.
Meal & Refreshments: Lunch, iced tea, lemonade and water provided by FFOC.  Guests should bring their own water bottle to be re-filled during the tour.
Difficulty: This is an easy tour suitable for all age groups.  This can be a long day for younger folks.
PLEASE NOTE: The majority of this tour will be on paved roads within Big Bend National Park.  This tour is designed for the first time visitor to the park who wants the benefit of our our 37+ years in the Big Bend rather than a more hard core 4 x 4 backcountry trip.  For those wanting more of a 4x4 experience, we suggest our Camino del Rio tour.

Minimum Age: 6

Tour Price: $145/person; discounts are available for parties of 9 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $5/child discount.

(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $10/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. Where is Far Flung?
  2. Need Lodging?

El Camino del Rio

Style: Big Bend National Park
Trip Length: 8 hours
Difficulty: Full day, short walks
Perfect for: Big Benders
Minimum Age: 8
Departs: Daily - 8:00 a.m.
Price: $189

There are actually two "River Roads" in the Big Bend area and both of them are extraordinary.

One runs for 51 miles along the southern portion of Big Bend National Park and is a backcountry "gotta see".  It is rough, dusty and remote.

The other adventure wiggles its way from Lajitas to Presidio along one of the most beautiful  paved stretches of road in the country.

We run the National Park road (although we can arrange a step on tour for you on the other one!).  All day, with lunch and the best views anywhere!

If you have always wanted to do this trip or just want something classic Big Bend, let's get this booked for you!

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)
Departure Times: 8:00 a.m.
Return Time/Trip Length (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Around 4 p.m.
Meal & Refreshments: Lunch, iced tea, lemonade and water provided by FFOC.  Guests should bring their own water bottle to be re-filled during the tour.
Difficulty: This is a rough, dusty tour.  Most of this adventure will be on primitive unimproved road.  This can be a long day for younger folks.
Recommended Minimum Age: 8

Tour Price: $189/person; discounts are available for parties of 9 or more booking at the same time. Children 12 and under receive a $5/child discount.

(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $10/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.

Trip Resources:

  1. El Camino del Rio Notes
  2. Where is Far Flung?
  3. Need Lodging?

ATV Tours

Style: Hands On
Trip Length: 3 hours
Difficulty: Ride and short walks
Perfect for: Adventure Types
Minimum Age: 8
Departs: Daily - AM and PM
Price: $85-$170

Some years back, we started looking at the idea of providing a different sort of back road experience.

Folks liked the fun, educational format of our Jeep tours.  So we said, why not apply those same principles to All-Terrain Vehicles (aka ATV)?  Nothing fast, furious or "Dukes of Hazzard".  Just a neat, self-directed ride into the wilds of Big Bend.

So, we went out and purchased a few Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV's that seat two guests very comfortably.  Boy, are these babies fun to drive!

But take your choice. Ride with a friend or try one for yourself, but either way, you'll experience the desert in a very unique way.

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)

Departure Times:
Summer Departures: ATV tours for the period May 15 - October 1 depart once a day at 9:00 a.m. from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Fall and Winter Departures: ATV tours for the period October 1 - May 14 depart twice a day (9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) from the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Return Time/Trip Length (to Far Flung Outdoor Center):
3 hours

Meals and Refreshments: Iced water provided by Far Flung.

Difficulty:
This tour is a beginner to slightly intermediate ride; all guests will be required to participate in a pre-trip safety briefing.  Far Flung will provide the required helmet and eye protection gear.  Folks, this is a guided tour with the objective of showing you the Big Bend in different way.  It is not a high speed, slide around the curves, cut across the desert type of experience.  If you are looking to test the limits of an ATV, you will be sorely disappointed in this tour.   This tour travels on private land and does not enter the national park.

Age Requirements
:
You must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver's license to operate an ATV alone,  Riders must be at least 8 years of age.

Other Notes:
ATV tours are operated on private lands; due to insurance requirements, guests are not permitted to bring their own ATV.

Driver Price: $170/person (this person actually operates the ATV)
Rider Price: $85/person (this person rides behind the driver)
(Trip price does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge or gratuities)

A non-refundable deposit of $10/unit is required at the time of booking.  Final balances will be charged against the credit card on file 48 hours prior to departure.


 

Trip Resources:

  1. ATV Tour Notes
  2. ATV Tours Photo Gallery
  3. Where is Far Flung?
  4. Need Lodging?

Step On Tours

So you've decided to come to Big Bend.  Or maybe you're already here.

You have your own car, SUV, Jeep, chuck wagon, Hummer or dune buggy.  Maybe you want to go see some Big Bend things that are not on a standard Far Flung tour.  Or maybe you don't want to be around anyone else but your friends and loved ones.

We're good with that. In fact, for a reasonable fee, we'll rent you one of our Big Bend guides for the day.  Your vehicle, our guide.  We'll even throw in one of our famous "river" lunches as part of the deal.

Oh, and did we mention that you could rent a Jeep from us to go with your step on guide?

Whether you're riding in a tour bus or Volkswagon beetle, just leave some room for us to get on board and we'll take a spin through Big Bend - on your schedule!

Trip Details:

Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)
Departure Times: Times to be determined.
Return Time/Trip Length (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Around 3 p.m.
What Far Flung Provides: Far Flung will provide an experienced Big Bend guide, iced water and binoculars for the trip.  Guests are expected to purchase their own and the guide's lunch at a location agreed upon by the group.  Should the day's itinerary involve being away from restaurants, Far Flung can provide a field lunch at an additional charge.  This lunch is no "brown bag" special, but rather one of our famous river lunches complete with  lunch meats, cheeses, breads, chips, dips, fresh fruit, condiments, desert and iced tea or lemonade.
Guests should bring their own water bottle to be re-filled during the tour.
Other Terms: Step on guide tour pricing is based on a 4 or 8  hour day even if the actual tour is conducted in less than 4/8 hours.  Tours that exceed 4/8  hours will be charged at a supplemental rate of $50/hour.

Private Vehicle

Price: $350/day - (8 hours)
Price:   $ 199/half-day - (4 hours)
Field Lunch Option: $12/person
Trip price includes guide services, iced water and binoculars.  Price does not include Texas sales tax of 7.75%, park entrance fees or gratuities.

Tour Buses

Price: $475/day - (8 hours)
Price: $300/half-day - (4 hours)
Field Lunch Option: $12/person
Price does not include Texas sales tax of 7.75%, park entrance fees or gratuities.  Please note that an additional $50 will be charged if the meeting place for the step on guide is other than the Far Flung Outdoor Center.

Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $50/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 48 hours prior to the trip departure date.