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Angell Expeditions. A smaller outfitter, Charlie Angell customizes river- and land-based tours to fit the needs of his clients. Based out of Redford, between Lajitas and Presidio, he has no office, per se, but meets his tour groups on-site in both Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park—or at regional destinations beyond park boundaries. Email, go online, or call to set up an excursion. Redford, TX, 79852. 432/229–3713. www.angellexpeditions.com.
Big Bend Expeditions. This Terlingua outfitter specializes in off-road tours of Big Bend in air-conditioned vehicles. 6000 North County Rd., Terlingua, TX, 79852. 432/371–2265 or 888/408–2945. www.bigbendexpeditions.com.
Big Bend River Tours. Exploring the Rio Grande is this outfitter's specialty. Custom tours can be half a day up to three weeks and include rafting, canoeing, and hiking and horseback trips combined with a river float. Rafting tours include gourmet or music themes. FM 170, Terlingua, TX, 79852. 800/545–4240 or 432/371–3033. www.bigbendrivertours.com.
Desert Sports. From rentals—mountain bikes, boats, rafts, and inflatable kayaks—to experienced guides for mountain-bike touring, boating, and hiking, this outfitter has it covered. The company prides itself on its small size and personal touch. 432/371–2727 or 888/989–6900. www.desertsportstx.com.
Far Flung Outdoor Center. Call these pros for personalized nature, historical, and geological trips via rafts, ATVs, and 4X4s. Trips include gourmet rafting tours with cheese and wine served on checkered tablecloths alongside the river, and sometimes spectacular star viewing at night. The property offers overnight "casitas" with kitchenettes and a full range of amenities. FM 170, Terlingua, TX, 79852. 800/839–7238. www.ffoc.net.
Marfa Gliders. Soar the high country over the Marfa Plateau with this company based out of the Marfa Airport. Hwy. 17, Marfa, TX, 79843. 800/667–9464. www.flygliders.com.
Red Rock Outfitters. This outfitter sells clothing and gear and arranges river-rafting, canoeing, horseback-riding, and mountain-biking excursions, as well as Jeep and ATV tours. Lobby of Badlands Hotel, 100 Main St./FM 170, Lajitas, TX, 79852. 432/424–5170 or 432/424–5000. www.lajitasgolfresort.com/default.aspx?pg=activity_center.