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BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS

Hiking in the Unspoiled Beauty of Big Bend

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Program #11958RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
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Elevation Note
Highest hiking elevation is 6850 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Good hiking boots or strong walking shoes, Camelback or equivalent, Day pack, Flashlight, Hiking stick or trekking poles (strongly recommended), Zip-lock bag with toilet paper and hand sanitizer

Itinerary for Dec 7 — Dec 12, 2014

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Type: Cabin

Description: Far Flung Outdoor Center in Study Butte/Terlingua, pronounced Stew-dee Beaut and Tur-ling-wa, is conveniently located just three miles outside the western entrance to Big Bend National Park and minutes away from the Historic Terlingua Ghost Town as well as Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Contact info:
1 Adventure Lane, FM 170
P.O. Box 337
Terlingua, TX 79852 USA
phone: 432-371-2633
web: www.bigbendfarflung.com

Room amenities: Wireless Internet Quality bed linens 32" Flat-Screen LCD TV Dish Network TV Alarm clock Coffeemaker, coffee, filters, creamer and sugar Microwave Small refrigerator Dinnerware / flatware Drinking glasses / wine glasses Kitchen sink / bar towels Toaster Bathroom with shower Blow dryer Towels Soap/shampoo/conditioner Central Heat/AC Porch with two rockers

Facility amenities: Each casita ("little house" in Spanish) is designed with a roomy open 400-sq ft. floor plan complete with full bath, two queen beds, kitchenette, flat screen satellite TV, housekeeping service and free WiFi as well as a 200-sq ft porch with rocking chairs facing into a landscaped courtyard. Courtyard has many native plants and trees as well as a small pavilion with 2 gas grills, 2 picnic tables and ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $129 per night, plus tax
Please identify yourself as being with a Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 07 - Check-in and Orientation
Arrive To: Check-in at Far Flung Outdoor Center's office no earlier than 3:00 pm and no later than 5:00 pm at which time the office closes.

Dinner: Introductions and welcome dinner at Far Flung at 6:00 pm.

Evening: Orientation following dinner.

Lodging: Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Far Flung Outdoor Center in Study Butte/Terlingua, pronounced Stew-dee Beaut and Tur-ling-wa, is conveniently located just three miles outside the western entrance to Big Bend National Park and minutes away from the Historic Terlingua Ghost Town as well as Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Contact info:
1 Adventure Lane, FM 170
P.O. Box 337
Terlingua, TX 79852 USA
phone: 432-371-2633
web: www.bigbendfarflung.com

Room amenities: Wireless Internet Quality bed linens 32" Flat-Screen LCD TV Dish Network TV Alarm clock Coffeemaker, coffee, filters, creamer and sugar Microwave Small refrigerator Dinnerware / flatware Drinking glasses / wine glasses Kitchen sink / bar towels Toaster Bathroom with shower Blow dryer Towels Soap/shampoo/conditioner Central Heat/AC Porch with two rockers

Facility amenities: Each casita ("little house" in Spanish) is designed with a roomy open 400-sq ft. floor plan complete with full bath, two queen beds, kitchenette, flat screen satellite TV, housekeeping service and free WiFi as well as a 200-sq ft porch with rocking chairs facing into a landscaped courtyard. Courtyard has many native plants and trees as well as a small pavilion with 2 gas grills, 2 picnic tables and ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $129 per night, plus tax
Please identify yourself as being with a Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 08 - Hiking the "Window"/Hiking the Lost Mine Trail
Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: Hike Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park: hike is approximately 4 miles round trip with a 500 foot elevation gain. It's a bit of an "opposite" type of hike in that we hike down the mountain - into the "Basin" and then hike back up; offers great views of the Window - a break in the mountain range looking out across the desert; the end of the hiking trail crosses several streams of water. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Lunch: Deli Style Picnic Field Lunch in the Chisos Basin.

Afternoon: Lost Mine trail is a spectacular hike of approxmiately 4.8 miles round trip in the Chisos Mountains. It affords a three hundred and sixty degree view into the southeastern section of the National Park. Elevation gain is 1250 feet. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Dinner: Authentic Mexican Food Dinner at Rio Bravo Restaurant located next door to Las Casitas. Y

Evening: Learn how emergency services are managed in the 3000 square miles of the Terlingua Fire & EMS area.

Lodging: Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Far Flung Outdoor Center in Study Butte/Terlingua, pronounced Stew-dee Beaut and Tur-ling-wa, is conveniently located just three miles outside the western entrance to Big Bend National Park and minutes away from the Historic Terlingua Ghost Town as well as Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Contact info:
1 Adventure Lane, FM 170
P.O. Box 337
Terlingua, TX 79852 USA
phone: 432-371-2633
web: www.bigbendfarflung.com

Room amenities: Wireless Internet Quality bed linens 32" Flat-Screen LCD TV Dish Network TV Alarm clock Coffeemaker, coffee, filters, creamer and sugar Microwave Small refrigerator Dinnerware / flatware Drinking glasses / wine glasses Kitchen sink / bar towels Toaster Bathroom with shower Blow dryer Towels Soap/shampoo/conditioner Central Heat/AC Porch with two rockers

Facility amenities: Each casita ("little house" in Spanish) is designed with a roomy open 400-sq ft. floor plan complete with full bath, two queen beds, kitchenette, flat screen satellite TV, housekeeping service and free WiFi as well as a 200-sq ft porch with rocking chairs facing into a landscaped courtyard. Courtyard has many native plants and trees as well as a small pavilion with 2 gas grills, 2 picnic tables and ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $129 per night, plus tax
Please identify yourself as being with a Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 09 - Hiking Chimneys/Santa Elena Trail/Historical Mini...
Hiking Chimneys/Santa Elena Trail/Historical Mining Community/Terlingua Ghost Town

Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: We will begin our day by hiking up to an eroded dike that appears like a series of "chimneys". An important landmark for hundreds f years, the remnants from the habitation of American Indians can be found through petroglyphs and pictographs on the side walls. There is little shade on this hike. Moderate difficulty.

Lunch: Deli style picnic lunch at the historic Castolon/Cottonwood area in the southwest section of the National Park. Castolon was an old cavalry post built in 1920. The military withdrew in 1921 and it then became a frontier trading post. There is a store that is still open today.

Afternoon: One of the prettiest short trails in the park, the Santa Elena Canyon hike crosses Terlingua Creek before climbing up concrete steps along the canyon walls. The trail then descends to the river floor along the canyon walls and follows the Rio Grande until it meets the high canyon wall at one of the narrowest places in Santa Elena Canyon. Moderate difficulty.

Dinner: Prior to dinner at the well known Starlight Theater restaurant in the historic Terlingua Ghostown, a short presentation on the mining history of the area will be given by the guide. The Starlight was built in 1931 as the movie theater for the mining community and was resurrected from ruins as a restaurant in 1991. It is considered by most visitors to the area as a "must see".

Evening: The Starlight Theatre has hosted musicians such as Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson. Tonight one of our own local musicians, Cowboy Doug will provide entertainment. Who knows, he might be the next Willie!

Lodging: Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Far Flung Outdoor Center in Study Butte/Terlingua, pronounced Stew-dee Beaut and Tur-ling-wa, is conveniently located just three miles outside the western entrance to Big Bend National Park and minutes away from the Historic Terlingua Ghost Town as well as Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Contact info:
1 Adventure Lane, FM 170
P.O. Box 337
Terlingua, TX 79852 USA
phone: 432-371-2633
web: www.bigbendfarflung.com

Room amenities: Wireless Internet Quality bed linens 32" Flat-Screen LCD TV Dish Network TV Alarm clock Coffeemaker, coffee, filters, creamer and sugar Microwave Small refrigerator Dinnerware / flatware Drinking glasses / wine glasses Kitchen sink / bar towels Toaster Bathroom with shower Blow dryer Towels Soap/shampoo/conditioner Central Heat/AC Porch with two rockers

Facility amenities: Each casita ("little house" in Spanish) is designed with a roomy open 400-sq ft. floor plan complete with full bath, two queen beds, kitchenette, flat screen satellite TV, housekeeping service and free WiFi as well as a 200-sq ft porch with rocking chairs facing into a landscaped courtyard. Courtyard has many native plants and trees as well as a small pavilion with 2 gas grills, 2 picnic tables and ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $129 per night, plus tax
Please identify yourself as being with a Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 10 - Presentation by BBNP/Full Day Hike to Emory Peak
Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: Presentation on the Early History of Big Bend National Park by David Elkowitz, Chief of Interpretation.

Morning: We will hike to the summit of the Chisos Mountains - Emory Peak! This hike, which starts in the Basin, is a 9 mile round-trip hike with a 2400 foot elevation gain. We hike through woodlands with excellent views into the Basin. The final 25 feet require a rock climb - but the views are spectacular even without the final scramble. As this is the highest point in the park, over 7800 feet, the views are 360 degrees and are often 100 miles in distance. Degree of Difficulty - Strenuous

Lunch: Participants will carry a sack lunch.

Afternoon: Hiking continued and returning to our accomodations around 4:00 pm.

Dinner: La Kiva, the only underground eatery in the Big Bend area.

Evening: Listen to or join the rising stars of Big Bend at La Kiva's weekly karaoke night.

Lodging: Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Far Flung Outdoor Center in Study Butte/Terlingua, pronounced Stew-dee Beaut and Tur-ling-wa, is conveniently located just three miles outside the western entrance to Big Bend National Park and minutes away from the Historic Terlingua Ghost Town as well as Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Contact info:
1 Adventure Lane, FM 170
P.O. Box 337
Terlingua, TX 79852 USA
phone: 432-371-2633
web: www.bigbendfarflung.com

Room amenities: Wireless Internet Quality bed linens 32" Flat-Screen LCD TV Dish Network TV Alarm clock Coffeemaker, coffee, filters, creamer and sugar Microwave Small refrigerator Dinnerware / flatware Drinking glasses / wine glasses Kitchen sink / bar towels Toaster Bathroom with shower Blow dryer Towels Soap/shampoo/conditioner Central Heat/AC Porch with two rockers

Facility amenities: Each casita ("little house" in Spanish) is designed with a roomy open 400-sq ft. floor plan complete with full bath, two queen beds, kitchenette, flat screen satellite TV, housekeeping service and free WiFi as well as a 200-sq ft porch with rocking chairs facing into a landscaped courtyard. Courtyard has many native plants and trees as well as a small pavilion with 2 gas grills, 2 picnic tables and ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $129 per night, plus tax
Please identify yourself as being with a Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 11 - Full Day Hike to Mesa de Anguila Barton Warnock E...
Full Day Hike to Mesa de Anguila Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center/Farwell Dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: Mesa de Anguila - one of the National Park's most remote areas. This hike is approximately 8 miles in length with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. Degree of Difficulty - Strenuous

Lunch: Participants will carry a sack lunch.

Afternoon: We should complete our hike around 2:30 pm, with plenty of time to visit the newly renovated museum - Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center in the Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Dinner: Dinner will be a special event at the offices of Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlinugua.

Lodging: Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, December 12 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast coupon given to participants to be used at India's Cafe located in Study Butte/Terlingua, about 2 miles from Las Casitas. Breakfast is served from 6:00 - 10:00 am. Participants can go and eat at their convenience.

Morning: Latest check-out is 10 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Big Bend Country
Big Bend National ParkOfficial Website
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/bibe/home.htm
Visit Big BendOfficial website of the Big Bend Area
For additional information, visit: www.visitbigbend.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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