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Big Bend River Tours works with the Lajitas Stables to provide you with two unique ways to see and experience the Big Bend.

This itinerary is intended as an example only. Your trip may vary somewhat depending on weather and river conditions, your guide and your group's interests. Itineraries may be subject to change, please call our office for additional information.

The Saddle/Paddle
Spend 1/2 day horseback riding and 1/2 Day paddling the Rio Grande!

Our trail climbs high up into the mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert that frame the Rio Grande River.  Dramatic overlooks, spectacular vistas deep into Old Mexico, and abundant wildlife make this an unforgettable ride.  To the north, we get an unsurpassed view of “The Solitario” in Big Bend Ranch State Park – considered one of the seven geological wonders of the world.   We wind our way back down Contrabando Mesa amidst stories of the area’s very colorful history.  

After returning to Lajitas Stables you will have time to change from your riding boots & britches to your shorts & sandals. Your guide from Big Bend River Tours will meet you at the Stables to start your second half of your day-long adventure.  Depending on water levels your trip may be done in canoes or rafts.

Water is always magical in the desert.  As you gently glide along shores lined with Giant Cane, Mesquite, Palo Verde and Salt Cedars your guide will point out some interesting desert plants, unusual geologic formations and can also answer any questions you may have.  Along the way you may pass through Dark Canyon. The cliffs here are literally a hanging garden of cacti and wildflowers.  Their blooms splash brilliant colors across its dark walls. This lush riparian area is prime habitat for the 400 plus species of birds found in the Big Bend.  Keep a close look out for the Vermillion Flycatcher, Painted and Varied Buntings and Summer Tanager to name a few.   After loading gear and canoes or rafts we head back to the Stables thus ends your adventure for the day.

LENGTH:    1 DAYS
PRICE:        For prices see our price list.

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The TEX Combo
2, 3, or 4 days horseback riding/river running combination.

Big Bend River Tours and the Big Bend/Lajitas Stables invites you to join us for the ultimate frontier experience.  Start your adventure on horseback and explore the historic Comanche Creek area on the Texas side of the river.  Explore ancient Indian sites and candellia wax camps.   Camp out beneath the stars on the banks of the Rio Grande.  Then wake up to a cowboy style breakfast and begin your journey on the river .  The beauty and grandeur all around you will leave you breathless.  During lower water the river trip portion will be done in canoes or "duckies" ( inflatable kayaks). This trip combines two exciting ways to explore the Big Bend.

LENGTH:    2 to 4 DAYS
PRICE:       For prices see our price list.

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If you enjoy your trip, gratuities for your guide are always appreciated.