Saddle and Paddle Combo
Experience two of the best ways to see the
Big Bend Area in one day by joining Lajitas Stables & Big
Bend River Tours for this exciting combo adventure!
Your day will start at Lajitas Stables (located
2.5 miles west of Lajitas, TX, on FM 170) at 8:30 am. Here you will be
greeted by your wrangler and given a short riding lesson before heading
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. Lunch is a gourmet picnic (roasted chicken, imported
cheeses, fresh fruit.....) pulled straight from our saddlebags and laid
out under the shade of an overhanging cliff. Yummm! Loading
your full bellies back onto your trusty mount, 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
ridin’ boots & britches to your shorts & sandals. Your guide
Bend River Tours will meet you across the road from the stables on
the banks of the Rio Grande near the historic Rock House river access point.
Depending on the water level at the time of your trip, you will be loaded
into rafts or canoes for the second half of your day-long adventure.
Water is always magical in the desert. Enjoy the quiet peace (not to mention
the softer seat!) of the river as you glide gently along shores lined with
cane, tamarisk, and mesquite. This lush riparian area is prime habitat
for the 400 plus species of birds found in the Big Bend. Along the
way you pass through Black Rock Canyon. The cliffs here are literally
a hanging garden of cacti and wildflowers. Their blooms splash brilliant
colors across its dark walls.
As you near the end of your half day-long journey, the majestic Chisos
Mountains appear in the distance, looking almost close enough to touch.
As you gently float down the river, your guide will show you interesting
desert plants and point out unusual geologic formations, then serve you
a light snack on this quiet section of the Rio Grande.
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Cost: $175.00 Per
tax and state park fees)
2 Person Minimum!
The above itinerary is a sample, only. Your trip may vary from the
description above due to a number of factors including (but not limited
to) weather, water levels, your group or your guides.
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Advance reservations for this trip are strongly recommended. A deposit
in the amount of 50% of your total trip cost is required to hold your reservation.
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following forms and documents are provided
your convenience in advance of riding with us.
forms documents are in PDF format.
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For now, a passport is NOT required
on any combination trip we offer in conjunction with Big Bend River Tours
(Riding & Rafting, Saddle & Paddle). You will still need
a valid state or government issued photo ID for persons aged 16 and up
on those trips since you will be traveling via an international boundary
by floating the Rio Grande. For more information, please visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html,
or call 1-877-4-USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778).