Raft + Kayak + SUP Instructional Course | Multi Day | Rio Grande River, TX/MX
RIO GRANDE RIVER
This is an excellent trip for inflatable kayaks with full raft support. Warm sun, spectacular canyons and moderate rapids make these trips perfect for a family Thanksgiving Holiday. The Colorado Canyons cut through igneous rock, offering fun rapids of Class II and III. In the Santa Elena Canyon you will raft beneath magnificent sheer limestone walls towering up to 1,500 feet above. Rockslide Rapid is sure to excite the whitewater enthusiast.
Please call to confirm ability for this course skill requirements 800 824-3795.
4 Day 3 Night Instructional Course
Class II – III+ Rapids
Your Provide Gear
UPPER CANYONS IN BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK ON THE RIO GRANDE: TX/Mexico Border
Kayak, Stand up Paddle boards, Rafts
7 Day 6 Night Instructional Course
Class II – III + Rapids
DVK Provides Gear
LOWER CANYONS Below the Big Bend National Park on the RIO GRANDE
INSTRUCTIONAL: Kayak, Stand up Paddle boards & Rafts
We will schedule pre-trip meetings to check our lists and finalize last minute details before your shuttle flight to the river launch sites. When you get to the river we will fit you out with your personal flotation device (PFD), issue your waterproof bag for personal gear, confirm your camping equipment is there (tents/sleeping bags/pads/rain gear/wetsuit/boots etc.), and gather everyone to the circle for introductions and a river safety talk.
The meals are planned with lots of fresh and hearty vegetables and salads. Gourmet selections for the delight of our guests throughout the journey. Your guides will be in charge of all preparations and they will amaze you with what comes out of those dutch ovens!
We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and the menu almost always suits the vegetarian.
Dvorak’s will provide complimentary wine for dinners. You’re welcome to bring alcohol on multi-day expeditions, as long as it’s 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.
Gratuities are not included in your trip cost. While tipping is done at your discretion, tipping is one of the gauges we use in terms of customer satisfaction. If you are ever not satisfied, please let us know so that we can adjust our expeditions in the future.
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
Econo Lodge (I-10 Exit 261)
800 East Dickinson
Ft. Stockton, TX 79735
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIP’S END
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.