Hometown: Big Bend Area, Texas
Filed Under: The desert, a ghost town, the Mexican border; the time of your life.
Overview: West Texas adventure center positioned perfectly between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park (Texas), just off the Rio Grande River in Terlingua, Texas. Nearby Terlingua Ghost Town is largely in ruins, but at Far Flung, accommodations are more than intact: newly built, well-appointed casitas ("little houses") await your arrival, from which you'll base your incredible adventures with Far Flung's friendly and expert staff. River raft in the Rio Grande, tour the buttes in a Jeep, or dodge cactus in an ATV: the hardest part isn't in choosing what to do, but in returning home to the flat confines of civilization when it's over
Appreciate: Las Casitas. While the Big Bend area of Texas is appealing because of its stunning natural beauty and remoteness, that same remoteness leaves few desirable options for lodging. Las Casitas at Far Flung's Outdoor Center (pictured, top) are one exception: newly constructed casitas (with 6 more being framed, as of this writing) are available to keep you comfortable on your West Texas tour. Casitas translates to "cottage" or "little house," and you'll find a charming little village of them at Far Flung. Outfitted with kitchenettes (microwave, coffee pot and coffee, fridge, sink, toaster oven), air conditioning and heat, queen beds, showers, satellite-connected flat panel TV's, and, rare in this area because of the many adobe-walled structures: in-room WiFi. Of course, we suggest you stay off the Internet, and get outside to enjoy one of the many adventures planned by Far Flung's owners Greg & Valynda Hennington and Mark Evans. Or, if you don't feel adventurous, Far Flung will let you stay in a casita anyway. Fling yourself on the porch with a book, grill up some yums in the courtyard barbecue, or wander next door to Rio Bravo for authentic Mexican food. Maybe casitas really translates to "perfect"
Know: Far Flung offers too many excellent adventure tours for us to describe here, so make sure you visit their website (linked below) to learn details. But we highlight two events worth knowing: First, music lovers should consider booking a River Music Trip, which consists of three days and two nights in the Fall floating the Rio Grande River with musical talents such as Jerry Jeff Walker, Butch Hancock, or 2012's headliner, Slaid Cleaves. Second: if you're more inspired by gauze than guitars, consider joining Far Flung in the winter for their Wilderness Medicine training. Far Flung owner Greg Hennington is a licensed paramedic, Chief of Terlingua EMS & Fire, and partner with the Wilderness Medicine Institute. Those credentials, together with 35 years of tour experience, stand behind excellent courses in basic or advanced outdoors first aid. And what better place to learn wilderness medicine than in the wilderness
Special Comments: Far Flung is aptly named; there's no easy way to get to the Big Bend, so you'll want to bookend your true vacation days with one full day dedicated to travel. Best time to go is anytime, in our view, but Far Flung emphasizes the Fall, when water levels are more consistently high. Another peak time is in March for Spring Break, so plan ahead if that's your season
Cost: Casitas are $115 during summer, $130 during peak seasons. Examples of adventure tours: $54 per person for a Jeep Tour, $69 per person for a half-day river float
See It: Here.