Guided Tours

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You show up and we take care of the rest!

Desert Sports is Big Bend’s smallest outfitter, and we’ve worked hard to stay that way.  We specialize in guided backcountry tours with a more personal touch and pay attention to the details; you’ll never feel lost in a crowd. Desert Sports has a small but dedicated staff who are passionate about the Big Bend area in Texas. Our trip leaders are all Big Bend veterans, career guides with a special interest in exploring and sharing our corner of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Our specialty trips – Mountain Biking, River Running, Hiking, and Combo Tours – offer some of the most unique itineraries in both Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Rio Grande offers canoeing and rafting trips that explore some of the most amazing canyons in this part of the United States. Desert Sports has the staff and know-how to make your Big Bend trip unforgettable.

Ride one of the area’s many outstanding mountain bike trails, hike into little known areas of Big Bend Ranch State Park, float for a day through the spectacular Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park, or join a 12-day canoe expedition through the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Desert Sports is your Big Bend Adventure Connection.

Give us a call 1-432-371-2727 or contact us online to get the reservation process started. Our knowledgeable staff will help you with planning and logistics.


50% of your guided tour subtotal will secure your reservation. Reservations are accepted by phone with MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express. No credit card, no problem: we will accept a personal check or a cashier’s check.


Cancellations made more than four weeks prior to tour departure forfeit 50% of trip deposit. If cancellations are made four weeks to one week prior to tour departure, then 100 % of trip deposit is forfeited. If cancellations are made less than one week prior to tour departure, you are charged the total balance of the tour cost. For cancellations made 24 hours prior to tour departure or for ‘no shows’, you are charged 100% of total tour cost with no opportunity to reschedule. You may also inquire if you are eligible for a reschedule option. All cancellations must be made in writing.

Desert Sports reserves the right to cancel any reservations due to river or backcountry conditions with a no-hassle FULL refund or another reservation, your choice.