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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: Moderately 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, Camelbak or equivalent, Day pack, Flashlight, Hiking stick or trekking poles (strongly recommended), Zip-lock bag with toilet paper and hand sanitizer

Itinerary for Jan 25 — Jan 30, 2015

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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, January 25 - 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, January 26 - Hike - Grapevine Hills/Hike "The Window"
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 Grapevine Hills trail in Big Bend National Park; hike is approximately 2.2 miles round trip with little elevation gain. One of the most photographed sites in park, "Balance Rock" can be seen at the end of this trail. Degree of Difficulty - Easy

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

Afternoon: 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

Dinner: Authentic Mexican Food Dinner at Rio Bravo Restaurant located next door to Big Bend 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, January 27 - Full Day Hike, Historic Hot Springs
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 Hot Springs trail on the east side of the park along the Rio Grande - with great views of the river - from the historic Hot Springs to Rio Grande Village and back; hike is 6 miles round trip with some elevation gain. Most strenuous hike of the week. There will be plenty of time after the hike at the Hot Springs for participants to view the restored buildings of the early settlement and health resort (1900 to 1940) as well as the Native American rock art. Participants wishing to soak in the Hot Springs should bring swimwear. There are restrooms for changing. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Lunch: Sack lunch carried by participants.

Afternoon: Hiking continued.

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 Four: Wednesday, January 28 - Hike Mule Ears Spring/Hike Santa Elena Canyon/Min...
Hike Mule Ears Spring/Hike Santa Elena Canyon/Mining History/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: Mule Ears Trail on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive in the western part of the National Park is a 3.8 mile round trip hike through open desert and has no significant elevation gain, but does cross several arroyos (creek beds). Primitive trail ends at a natural desert spring and old stone corral which was once part of the Castolon Ranching Properties. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Lunch: Deli style picnic field 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: The Santa Elena Canyon Nature Trail begins at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive on the west side of the park. Although a short hike (1.7 miles round trip with an elevation gain of approximately 200 feet) there are quite a few steps on this trail into the canyon where the walls rise to 1800 feet. Once inside the canyon a brief presentation on the Rio Grande will be given by your guide. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Afternoon: Presentation on the mining history of the area as well as on the HistoricTerlingua Ghost Town.

Dinner: Dinner at the well known Starlight Theater restaurant in the Terlingua Ghost Town. 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."

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, January 29 - BBNP-Early History/Hike Lost Mine Trail/Farewell ...
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.

Lunch: Lunch in the heart of the Big Bend at the Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant where stunning views abound.

Afternoon: Hike the Lost Mine Trail located in the Chisos Mountains. This spectacular hike of approximately 5 miles is one of the top hikes with all visitors as well as locals to the national park. Once the top is reached and at an elevation of 6850 feet, one can see on a clear day hundreds of miles. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

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

Lodging: Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 30 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast in Casitas.

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
13 Field trips

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