Meeting Places, Logistics, & Planning
Planning your trip with Angell Expeditions
We offer a wide range of adventures and excursions, from part of the day to a couple of weeks, and small groups to large groups.
Trips in Big Bend National Park, Trips in Big Bend Ranch State Park, and Devils River Trips, along with Ojinaga Mexico, and beyond.
Confirm in advance where you will meet us for your trip. Call or email well in advance, since there may not be cell phone service when you really wish there was.
For travel that might cross a US Border Patrol checkpoint, please know that the Border Patrol enforces both immigration and Texas law. Visitors to the Big Bend parks will pass a border checkpoint coming in, and coming out. If you plan to visit Mexico, bring your passport. Note that Texas law is different than Colorado law in some important ways, and the checkpoints are watching for drug smugglers.
Our pricing page details most of the costs for our trips. Review them and confirm when you make your reservation.
For river trips, please see our guide to what to bring on a river trip, and for the Devils river, a bit longer list of what to bring. For all desert travel, it can be hot during the day and cold at night. We have snow sometimes in the Big Bend. Camping Equipment is available for modest rental prices, as well as other equipment.
We can bring food for you (see our food page) or you can provide your own. On multi-day trips it works out better if we are providing food, since there are lots of details when traveling by canoe and cooking on river banks.
Water is always provided, but we expect you to have your own water bottle to fill.
See our Covid page for the latest.
Meetup: The Teepees
For River Day Trips in Big Bend Ranch State Park, we usually meet you at the Teepees Rest Area about 20 minutes West of Lajitas on FM 170. Confirm with your guide in advance. DO NOT CONFUSE THIS LOCATION WITH ANY OF THE VARIOUS CANVAS TEEPEES IN THE TERLINGUA AREA, WHICH ARE AIRBNB’S. THIS IS A TXDOT HWY REST AREA WEST OF LAJITAS!!!
GPS 29.294958, -103.926459 and map link here.
The Teepees Rest Area
(Texas Dept. of Highways)
Lajitas General Store
The Lajitas General Store is another place. We meet there for the 21 mile downstream Santa Elena canyon float. It’s in the town of Lajitas and is right on the main road. Confirm with your guide in advance.
GPS 29.262636, -103.770836 and map link
This meetup is a little West of the Lajitas General Store. Facing the store, it’s to the left down the road. There is a large gravel parking area.
Meetup: Redford Headquarters
Redford Headquarters of Angell Expeditions
Our HQ is the meeting place for some of our trips. We also offer camping and some unique lodging options.
GPS 29.435340, -104.190075 and map link
The St. Josephs Church across the road from our Redford HQ is also a meeting place.
Meetup: Rio Grande Village
Big Bend National Park, Rio Grande Village store and boat ramp are the meetups for the Boquillas river trips.
Rio Grande Village, Store or Boat Ramp
For the Boquillas Canyon trip, we meet at the boat ramp at RGV or the store. The ramp is a short walk from the store, or a winding drive from the store.
RGV Store 29.182495, -102.961524
Boat Ramp 29.180740, -102.960570
Meetup: Santa Elena Canyon
Santa Elena Canyon Hiking Trailhead
We meet at the Santa Elena Hiking Trailhead during the low water for the boomerang route option float trip.
GPS 29.167330, -103.610397 and map link
Meetup: Fort Leaton
Ft Leaton Meetup
For driving tours of Big Bend Ranch State Park, we meet at Ft Leaton State Park.
GPS: 29.542790, -104.326500 Map Link
Meetup: Big Bend Resort & Adventures
Big Bend Resort & Adventures
Lodging, Convenience Store, Gas, RV, & Camping
53623 TX-118, Terlingua, TX 79852
at Hwy 118 and FM 170, and the Rest Area across the road.
We meet here for driving tours and float trips.
Meetup: Panther Junction
The visitor center at the National Park
GPS: 29.327300, -103.205700 Map
We meet here for drives and hikes.