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While it is perfectly acceptable to come to Terlingua and 'do nothing,' there are plenty of activities to keep you busy here. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, river trips, stargazing, jeep tours, birding, golf, etc. 

Horseback Riding

Big Bend Stables offers the only horseback riding in the area. With locations in Study Butte and Lajitas, they offer trail rides and overnight trips. 

Jeep Tours

Our friends at Lucky Sun Jeep Tours offer the best Jeep tours in the Big Bend. Choose from a half-day or a full-day tour with a well-versed Big Bend guide. You won't be disappointed. 



There are several river outfitters in the area. Big Bend Boating and Hiking offers river trips, trips to Mexico and guided hiking tours. Wild Adventure Outfitters offers several river trips of varying lengths. If you're really looking for explore all the Big Bend of the rio has to offer, book their lower canyons trip for at least a week on the river. Big Bend River Tours, the oldest outfitter in the area, offers half, full and 2-day trips on the rio. Far Flung Outdoor Center offers river trips, jeep tours, equipment rentals, ATV tours and on site lodging (and a pool). Desert Sports has the only bike rentals in the area. They offer mountain biking tours, river trips and guided hiking tours. Angell Expeditions offers river trips, mountain biking, birding tours, hiking tours and Mexico trips.


If you're looking for something slightly less adventurous than the above, give Desert Lotus Healing Arts a try. This husband and wife team offers massage, facials and more. They know what they're doing and you will certainly not be disappointed. 


Air Tours

For an unforgettable view of the Big Bend, check out Rio Aviation in Terlingua. Long time local and former park ranger, Marcos Peredes, will take you on a truly memorable ride over Big Bend. 

Boquillas, Mexico

We highly recommend crossing the river to the tiny Mexican town of Boquillas. Have lunch, buy some souvenirs and even stay the night. This charming village relies on Big Bend visitors to survive. Bring your passport and cash, they do not accept credit cards in town. The crossing to Boquillas is inside the National Park, check here for current hours and keep in mind there are often closures. After arriving at the crossing you'll be rowed across the river and then have the option to walk or ride a burro into town.

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