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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Fort Davis, Texas, is at 5,050 feet. This program travels to elevations near 7,000 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 7 — Apr 12, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is located on 10 acres less than a mile south of historic Fort Davis, Texas. The relaxing, inviting atmosphere features lectures, entertainment, meals, and lodging all on site within easy walking distance. Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center, formerly Davis Mountains Education Center, in association with Elderhostel and Road Scholar, has provided educational adventures to adults and youth since 1989.

Contact info:
501 E Musquiz Dr
PO Box 1138
Fort Davis, TX 79734 USA
phone: 432-426-3481
web: www.mountaintrailslodge.com

Room amenities: Duplex cabins feature wireless Internet access, heating and air conditioning, and private porches. Each cabin has a coffee maker, microwave, small refrigerator, private bath with shower, reading lights above the beds, and sitting area.

Facility amenities: From your front porch, enjoy wide vistas of the Chihuahuan Desert and foothills of the Davis Mountains. Star pad and telescopes are located on premises for star gazing with our staff astronomer. Classroom and dining areas are within easy walking distance. Parking is available at each room with outdoor parking on site during your program travels. Satellite television and telephone for local calls are available in common areas.

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

Additional nights before: $94.00
Lodging is available nights before and after program. For those arriving via our El Paso shuttle, please remember that our shuttle runs on program start and end dates ONLY.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 07 - Arrivals/Regional Studies
Afternoon: Orientation and refreshments in the Gathering Place at 4:30 p.m. Meet the program leaders, review the week's schedule and get to know one another.

Dinner: Sample regional cuisine in the lodge dining room.

Evening: Discover the natural world of the Chihuahuan Desert and Big Bend region. Our presenter will explain the different landscapes and ecosystems, and discuss the unique flora of the area.

Lodging: Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is located on 10 acres less than a mile south of historic Fort Davis, Texas. The relaxing, inviting atmosphere features lectures, entertainment, meals, and lodging all on site within easy walking distance. Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center, formerly Davis Mountains Education Center, in association with Elderhostel and Road Scholar, has provided educational adventures to adults and youth since 1989.

Contact info:
501 E Musquiz Dr
PO Box 1138
Fort Davis, TX 79734 USA
phone: 432-426-3481
web: www.mountaintrailslodge.com

Room amenities: Duplex cabins feature wireless Internet access, heating and air conditioning, and private porches. Each cabin has a coffee maker, microwave, small refrigerator, private bath with shower, reading lights above the beds, and sitting area.

Facility amenities: From your front porch, enjoy wide vistas of the Chihuahuan Desert and foothills of the Davis Mountains. Star pad and telescopes are located on premises for star gazing with our staff astronomer. Classroom and dining areas are within easy walking distance. Parking is available at each room with outdoor parking on site during your program travels. Satellite television and telephone for local calls are available in common areas.

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

Additional nights before: $94.00
Lodging is available nights before and after program. For those arriving via our El Paso shuttle, please remember that our shuttle runs on program start and end dates ONLY.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 08 - Fort Davis National Historic Site/McDonald Observ...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served in the lodge dining room.

Morning: After breakfast, meet in the Gathering Place for a lecture on historic cowboy culture by a local western musician and championship chuckwagon cook. Later, a volunteer will guide you through Fort Davis National Historic Site, which depicts the history of buffalo soldiers, Native American inhabitants and skirmishes, and life at the fort for the families of the guardians of the Butterfield Overland Mail route and San Antonio-El Paso Road.

Lunch: Lunch in the lodge dining room or a local favorite restaurant.

Afternoon: Join staff at world-renowned University of Texas McDonald Observatory for a solar viewing program. Then tour the large research telescopes, including the world's third largest single structure optical telescope: the Hobby Eberly Telescope (HET).

Dinner: Enjoy your evening meal with staff and fellow participants at the lodge or a local favorite restaurant.

Evening: Learn to identify constellations and observe celestial objects in the night sky, either during a Star Party at McDonald Observatory (depending on availability and season) or with staff astronomers at Mountain Trails Lodge.

Lodging: Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Tucked away in Southwest Texas between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park lies the exquisite 27,000 acre Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa. The resort is set among the Mountain vistas and the borderland majesty of the Rio Grande River, the resort's unique destination is rich in Old West history; complimented by the rugged luxury and superior service of a first class hotel.

Contact info:
HC 70 Box 400
Lajitas, TX 79852 USA
phone: 432-424-5000
web: http://www.lajitasgolfresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms in the La Cuesta and Cavalry Post buildings are appointed with a "cowboy chic" decor, complete with cowhide rugs and rough-hewn saddles, or "Victorian" decor with softer accoutrements and clawfoot bathtubs. Rooms include a King or Queen/Queen and all the amenities you'd expect to find in addition to a DVD player, CD alarm clock and a make-up mirror.

Facility amenities: Five-star in-house dining, spa and salon, pool, golf course, equestrian center, hunt club, high-speed Internet access, tennis center, jet-capable runway, 1901 chapel.

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


Day Three: Tuesday, April 09 - Scenic River Road/Barton Warnock Environmental Ed...
Scenic River Road/Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center/Terlingua Ghostown

Breakfast: Wake up with an early breakfast in the lodge dining room.

Morning: Depart for Lajitas. Travel through Marfa and Presidio, passing the historic silver mining town of Shafter and stopping at historic Fort Leaton along the way. Meander the scenic river road that hugs the Rio Grande. On arrival, check into the Lajitas Resort & Spa.

Lunch: The lodge will pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at a scenic location.

Afternoon: Learn about geology, botany and wildlife of the Big Bend region at the Barton-Warnock Environmental Education Center and Big Bend Ranch State Park visitor's center. In the Terlingua Ghostown, experience the past on a docent-led walking tour of the abandoned mining community.

Dinner: Indulge in the unique culture that emerged in this community during its unusual rebirth over the past decades. Dine at the famous Starlight Theater, so named because for years it stood roofless while it entertained dancers and revelers.

Lodging: Lajitas Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Tucked away in Southwest Texas between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park lies the exquisite 27,000 acre Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa. The resort is set among the Mountain vistas and the borderland majesty of the Rio Grande River, the resort's unique destination is rich in Old West history; complimented by the rugged luxury and superior service of a first class hotel.

Contact info:
HC 70 Box 400
Lajitas, TX 79852 USA
phone: 432-424-5000
web: http://www.lajitasgolfresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms in the La Cuesta and Cavalry Post buildings are appointed with a "cowboy chic" decor, complete with cowhide rugs and rough-hewn saddles, or "Victorian" decor with softer accoutrements and clawfoot bathtubs. Rooms include a King or Queen/Queen and all the amenities you'd expect to find in addition to a DVD player, CD alarm clock and a make-up mirror.

Facility amenities: Five-star in-house dining, spa and salon, pool, golf course, equestrian center, hunt club, high-speed Internet access, tennis center, jet-capable runway, 1901 chapel.

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


Day Four: Wednesday, April 10 - Hiking & Exploring Big Bend National Park/ Ross M...
Hiking & Exploring Big Bend National Park/ Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive/Chisos Basin

Breakfast: Mexican breakfast at the Chili Pepper Cafe.

Morning: Discover Big Bend National Park. Your program leader will set the pace depending on the interests and abilities of the group. You will visit the highlights, including the Chisos Basin, Castalon, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Santa Elena Canyon overlook, and Panther Junction visitor's center.

Lunch: Dig into a hearty picnic lunch at a scenic location in the field.

Afternoon: Continue to explore the vast expanses of this 800,000 acre national park. Participate in an optional hike along Lost Mine Trail to the scenic overlook.

Dinner: Tex-Mex specialties at the Chili Pepper Cafe.

Lodging: Lajitas Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is located on 10 acres less than a mile south of historic Fort Davis, Texas. The relaxing, inviting atmosphere features lectures, entertainment, meals, and lodging all on site within easy walking distance. Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center, formerly Davis Mountains Education Center, in association with Elderhostel and Road Scholar, has provided educational adventures to adults and youth since 1989.

Contact info:
501 E Musquiz Dr
PO Box 1138
Fort Davis, TX 79734 USA
phone: 432-426-3481
web: www.mountaintrailslodge.com

Room amenities: Duplex cabins feature wireless Internet access, heating and air conditioning, and private porches. Each cabin has a coffee maker, microwave, small refrigerator, private bath with shower, reading lights above the beds, and sitting area.

Facility amenities: From your front porch, enjoy wide vistas of the Chihuahuan Desert and foothills of the Davis Mountains. Star pad and telescopes are located on premises for star gazing with our staff astronomer. Classroom and dining areas are within easy walking distance. Parking is available at each room with outdoor parking on site during your program travels. Satellite television and telephone for local calls are available in common areas.

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

Additional nights before: $94.00
Lodging is available nights before and after program. For those arriving via our El Paso shuttle, please remember that our shuttle runs on program start and end dates ONLY.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 11 - Further Exploration of Big Bend National Park / R...
Further Exploration of Big Bend National Park / Rio Grande Village / Marathon's Post Park / Museum of the Big Bend

Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and return to Big Bend National Park to explore its eastern edge and riparian ecosystem at Rio Grande Village. Leave the national park by way of Marathon, stopping at the Post Pavilion watering hole enroute.

Lunch: Picnic lunch served in the field.

Afternoon: Return to Fort Davis by way of Alpine, stopping to learn about the history and cultures of the region at the Museum of the Big Bend on the campus of Sul Ross State University.

Dinner: Bring your appetite! Traditional West Texas barbeque, with all the fixin's, served in the lodge dining room.

Evening: Authentic, traditional western music and stories performed by favorite local entertainers.

Lodging: Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 12 - Departures
Note: Program ends after breakfast. Shuttle for those returning to the El Paso airport leaves at 8 a.m. Check out is 11 a.m. for those who arrived on their own.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served in dining room.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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