Rio Grande-Big Bend remains runnable

May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
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Rio Grande-Big Bend remains runnable

Q: I heard that the water level was unusually low this year due to lack of rain. I would like to go on a rafting trip through Santa Elena Canyon October 14-17. Will the river be runnable (enjoyable) then?
Patrick D. Conant
Houston, TX
[email protected]

A: Although the Big Bend area is in the midst of a fairly serious drought, water levels on the Rio Grande have been holding steady for most of October, and the experts at Big Bend River Tours are optimistic that the river will be runnable through the end of the month. BBRT offers one- or three-day rafting trips through Santa Elena Canyon's class IV whitewater--but don't worry, you'll get your warm-up on the IIs and IIIs as you approach the canyon. The longer, three-day trip will give you ample time to explore the 1,500-foot deep Santa Elena and the many side canyons along the way. Expect to pay $100 per person for the one-day and $310 per person for the three-day. Both are full-service trips, including all equipment and meals, and only require a minimum of two clients. For more details or reservations, contact Big Bend River Tours at 915-424-3219.

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