Advanced Whitewater Seminar | 7 Day Trip | Rio Grande River, TX


Enjoy this wilderness trip in the warm sun of southern Texas to the Mexican border. The river winds through the solitude and silence of deep chasms, rocky flats and desert mountains. The water is baked in the southern sun to a temp of 70 degrees with day time highs of 60-90 degrees. March and April`s desert spring bloom adds a special dimension to this journey into southern wilderness. Designated Wild & Scenic it has good rapids, quiet stretches and fascinating hikes to old homesteads. The pace offers time to perfect boating skills with instruction or to relax on the rafts. 90 miles (Beginner to Intermediate)

90 Miles | 7 Days
Activity Level: Beginner
Price: From 1,350 per person

This course is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of river running, the reparation environment, the need to understand and protect it plus river rescue techniques. It will also facilitate opening lines of communication, enhancing self-image, improving group interaction and emphasizing self-reliance skills

The basics of white water boating which includes: Equipment selection, maintenance and repair, reading the river, scouting and running the rapids, rescue and evacuation techniques, minimum impact camping, Most of the rivers are suitable for beginner to advanced boaters. You learn from us how to captain either paddle rafts and oar powered rafts or how to kayak or canoe white water.

The kayaking/canoeing skills you will be taught include
* Wet and dry exits
* the basic strokes
* ferrying* eddy turns
* hydrology
* Eskimo roll
* kayak/ canoe etiquette
* surfing and play boating.
We can offer private instruction on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Days can be arranged for tuning skills and or erasing bad skills. Full whitewater guide service available with advance reservations. Rafting instruction will focus on river-running competence in rafts. These can include paddle and oar power rafts.

Participants can chose to specialize in craft of choice to learn; (Kayak, Raft, SUP, Inflatables) of river travel or experiment with all options. As the basics of reading and understanding the hydraulics of the river is a primary skill, the ability to move comfortably from one craft to another will be greatly enhanced.

BEFORE THE COURSE You do not have to be a super athlete, but you need to get used to sustained physical activity. Parts of the course are strenuous; you will enjoy it more if you arrive in good condition. See your doctor for a physical examination. Avoid any problems on a long trip and visit a dentist for a regular check up. Give up tobacco as we discourage any use of it during course. Get in shape with proper eating habits and regular exercise for general conditioning. Endurance, Flexibility, and Strength are areas of concentration to make your experience fun and a lifelong sport to enjoy.

THE COURSE PACKAGE Dvorak’s provides the following.
•All boating equipment/life jackets/drinking water
•Kayaks, canoes, inflatable kayaks & associated equipment, i.e., wet suits, booties, helmets, pfd, etc.
•Instructor 1 x 3 students: raft/canoe/kayak/inflatable kayaks.
•Multi day courses includes all meals (lunch day 1 through lunch last day)
•Rain jacket with pants (PVC)
•Eating/cooking utensils, Dvorak cup.
•Waterproof dry bags/containers for personal gear
•Additional cost is camping gear (tent-sleeping bag-pad)
•Full gear package or partial if you bring some of your own items. See rental lists.

CAMPING Campsites on the River are numerous and spacious. Most have interesting side canyon hikes nearby and are well kept as wilderness. Minimum-impact camping practices have enhanced these sites and you’ll see few reminders other than foot prints of previous visitors. Some campsites are adjacent to fresh free flowing streams and springs which give us a chance to refill our drinking water as well as pools to swim in. On trips with Dvoraks, our river guides will provide instruction about disposal of human waste, the disposal of different types of trash, and other camp practices. We recommend tents with screens for camping. Although you may sleep out under the stars, during part of the season sand flies can be a problem at night.

All on-river meals are provided, beginning with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last day. The food is fresh and hearty and the guides will prepare it for you while you enjoy the homey atmosphere generated around each river camp. You can set up your tent or go for an evening walk, relax, read, or join the guides in the kitchen if you so desire.
A typical seven day menu may include as a main course BBQ Steak, Baked Fish, Pork chops and dumplings, chicken enchiladas, seafood spaghetti, cashew chicken Chinese, Teriyaki Chicken, Mexican chili, combination entrees, fresh vegetables and salads, Dutch-oven desserts or breads, hors d’oeuvres, fresh fruits, fruit juices, coffee, tea and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner.
Lunches are buffet style with a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, fruit, cheeses, sliced meats, nuts, juices or sodas.
Breakfast includes fruit juice, eggs in all styles, special pancakes, French toast, melons, fruit, cereals with milk, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and almost always the menu suits the vegetarian.
Although we carry ample supplies of juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate we encourage you to bring extra soda, beer, wine or other beverages you may prefer. You can arrange for us to pick up specific beverages for you prior to the trip or you can stock up before we head to the river. Any liquids you bring must be in unbreakable containers, limited to one case per person.

You’re welcome to bring alcohol as long as it is in unbreakable containers. Discretion in alcohol consumption during whitewater days is strongly advised. If you would like us to pick up a particular beer and bring it to the river, please advise and payment can be made for your purchase at the river put-in with your Trip Leader.


Additional cash requirements:

You will need to arrange all pre and post lodging and meals before and after your trip. Gratuities are not included in the trip cost. You will not require any monies during your trip. Valuables should be stored in the safe at your lodging or you can keep valuables in the waterproof bag provided by Dvoraks. A small amount of money maybe needed during shuttle for snacks at the end of trip.


BY PLANE: Arrive in Midland, Texas the day prior to your trip or on the morning your trip begins, provided you can arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. (Central Time Zone) Dvorak Expeditions will pick you up at the Airport Plaza Inn, or meet your plane very early the morning of the first day of your trip (between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Check your confirmation letter for more precise time.) We will need to know where you are staying for contact purposes. There are numerous airlines with flights into Midland from a variety of connecting cities. United, Continental, American and Delta service the Midland Airport daily.

BY CAR: Arrive in Ft. Stockton, Texas at the Econo Lodge which is located at 800 East Dickinson, on the eastern edge of town, at approximately 12:00 noon on the day your trip begins. Dvorak's will rendezvous with you there and then transport you by van to the put-in point at LaLinda, Mexico for Lower Canyons & Big Bend National Park for Colorado Canyon 4 day trips: an additional 2.5 - 3 hours travel time. Your vehicle can be left in the Econo Lodge parking lot and you will be returned there approximately mid-day on the last day of your trip. There is both a lounge and restaurant at the motel.

Directions: Ft. Stockton, Texas can be reached from the north via U.S. Highway 985 from Pecos or Texas Highway 18 from Monahans. From the west and east via Interstate 10 and from the south via Highway 385 from Marathon, Texas. Any extra clothing, suitcases, etc. can either be stored in the Dvorak vehicle/trailer and will be available at trip's end or at your motel in Midland/Odessa or Ft.Stockton.


We recommend the following for pre-& post-trip:

Airport Plaza Inn (AAA) I-20 Exit Midland Airport
3312 South County Road 1276
Midland, TX 79706
(432) 561-8000
Econo Lodge (I-10 Exit 261)

800 East Dickinson
Ft. Stockton, TX 79735
(432) 336-9711
(800) 553-2666


After derigging and loading equipment on the last day of your trip, Dvorak Expeditions will either

  • Take you back to your motel/hotel in Midland, Texas
  • Shuttle you to the Midland Airport
  • Deliver you to the place where you left your car
  • Arrange to have your car shuttled to the take-out (Cost per vehicle to be arranged depending on trip length and distance to shuttle.)

POST TRIP: Although you can usually make a connecting flight home on the evening of the last day of the trip, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delays our arrival in Midland.


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raft Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 1 reviews
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Great day on the river tagging along w/ Will and his raft group. Water was a whitewater me once. Thanks again for the shuttle and the wild afternoon on the Arkansas.


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