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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
The Lodge is at 5400 feet elevation. Highest hiking elevation will be 6650 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 Oct 27 — Nov 1, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: The Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only accommodations in the National Park. The Lodge located in the heart of the Chisos Mountains in an area known as the Basin, is surrounded by stunning views of the Chisos Mountains. Wildlife such as deer, javelina and all kinds of birds are often spotted in the area. A park visitor center and gorgeous "get-away" spots are only steps from the rooms.

Contact info:
Rural Station, Basin Area
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 USA
phone: 432-477-2291
web: www.chisosmountainslodge.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator AC/heat and wall to wall carpet in all rooms. No TV, radio or phones in rooms. Pay phones available in general Basin area. Cell phones generally do not work. VCR/TV rental available.

Facility amenities: One coin-operated washer/dryer is available. Limited Internet "hot spot" for wireless laptop. A small convenience store, National Park small visitor center, restaurant and gift store.

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

Additional nights before: Vary with season, please call.
Identify that you are with the Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 27 - Check-in/Orientation
Arrive To: Check-in between 3 and 6 pm. The Road Scholar Group Leader will be in the Lodge lobby by 3:00 PM but generally the Lodge cannot accommodate check-in prior to 3 pm. Should you arrive earlier than 3:00 PM there are plenty of places to explore in the Basin. Please plan to arrive no later than dinner which is at 6:00 pm in the Chisos Mountain Lodge restaurant

Dinner: Welcome dinner at Chisos Mountain Lodge, 6:00 pm

Evening: Orientation and introduction meeting following dinner.

Lodging: Chisos Mountains Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only accommodations in the National Park. The Lodge located in the heart of the Chisos Mountains in an area known as the Basin, is surrounded by stunning views of the Chisos Mountains. Wildlife such as deer, javelina and all kinds of birds are often spotted in the area. A park visitor center and gorgeous "get-away" spots are only steps from the rooms.

Contact info:
Rural Station, Basin Area
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 USA
phone: 432-477-2291
web: www.chisosmountainslodge.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator AC/heat and wall to wall carpet in all rooms. No TV, radio or phones in rooms. Pay phones available in general Basin area. Cell phones generally do not work. VCR/TV rental available.

Facility amenities: One coin-operated washer/dryer is available. Limited Internet "hot spot" for wireless laptop. A small convenience store, National Park small visitor center, restaurant and gift store.

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

Additional nights before: Vary with season, please call.
Identify that you are with the Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 28 - Hike Grapevine Hills/The Window/Big Bend National...
Hike Grapevine Hills/The Window/Big Bend National Park evening presentation

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Chisos Mountain Lodge, 7:00 am

Morning: Hike Grapevine Hills trail in Big Bend National Park. Hike is approximately 2.2 miles round trip with little elevation gain. Walking in sand for about a half-mile at the first of the hike will be required. One of the most photographed sites in the national park, "Balance Rock" can be seen at the end of this trail. Degree of Difficulty - Easy

Lunch: Deli style picnic field lunch.

Afternoon: Hike "The 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 have to hike back up at the end of the morning. This hike 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: Dinner, Chisos Mountain Lodge at 6:00 pm.

Evening: Evening program presented by Big Bend National Park. Programs vary from week to week. They can be anything from the history of Big Bend National Park, to dinosaurs, birding, geology and the night sky.

Lodging: Chisos Mountains Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only accommodations in the National Park. The Lodge located in the heart of the Chisos Mountains in an area known as the Basin, is surrounded by stunning views of the Chisos Mountains. Wildlife such as deer, javelina and all kinds of birds are often spotted in the area. A park visitor center and gorgeous "get-away" spots are only steps from the rooms.

Contact info:
Rural Station, Basin Area
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 USA
phone: 432-477-2291
web: www.chisosmountainslodge.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator AC/heat and wall to wall carpet in all rooms. No TV, radio or phones in rooms. Pay phones available in general Basin area. Cell phones generally do not work. VCR/TV rental available.

Facility amenities: One coin-operated washer/dryer is available. Limited Internet "hot spot" for wireless laptop. A small convenience store, National Park small visitor center, restaurant and gift store.

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

Additional nights before: Vary with season, please call.
Identify that you are with the Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 29 - Full Day Hike, Historic Hot Springs/Mining Histor...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Chisos Mountain Lodge, 7:00 am

Morning: Rio Grande Village on the east side of the park is the destination for the day. We will hike 3 miles along the Rio Grande - with great views of the river - to the historic Hot Springs. There will be plenty of time 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. Following a sack lunch we will hike back to Rio Grande Village. The hike is 6 miles round trip with minimal elevation gain. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Lunch: Sack lunch carried by participants.

Afternoon: Hiking continued.

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 Theater 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 just be the next Willie!

Lodging: Chisos Mountains Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only accommodations in the National Park. The Lodge located in the heart of the Chisos Mountains in an area known as the Basin, is surrounded by stunning views of the Chisos Mountains. Wildlife such as deer, javelina and all kinds of birds are often spotted in the area. A park visitor center and gorgeous "get-away" spots are only steps from the rooms.

Contact info:
Rural Station, Basin Area
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 USA
phone: 432-477-2291
web: www.chisosmountainslodge.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator AC/heat and wall to wall carpet in all rooms. No TV, radio or phones in rooms. Pay phones available in general Basin area. Cell phones generally do not work. VCR/TV rental available.

Facility amenities: One coin-operated washer/dryer is available. Limited Internet "hot spot" for wireless laptop. A small convenience store, National Park small visitor center, restaurant and gift store.

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

Additional nights before: Vary with season, please call.
Identify that you are with the Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 30 - Hike Mule Ears and Santa Elena Canyon/Evening Pro...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Chisos Mountain Lodge, 7:00 am.

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 has no significant elevation gain, but does cross several arroyos (gullies). 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 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

Dinner: Dinner, Chisos Mountain Lodge at 6:00 pm.

Evening: A presentation on one of the many faces of Big Bend will be given by the National Park Service.

Lodging: Chisos Mountains Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only accommodations in the National Park. The Lodge located in the heart of the Chisos Mountains in an area known as the Basin, is surrounded by stunning views of the Chisos Mountains. Wildlife such as deer, javelina and all kinds of birds are often spotted in the area. A park visitor center and gorgeous "get-away" spots are only steps from the rooms.

Contact info:
Rural Station, Basin Area
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 USA
phone: 432-477-2291
web: www.chisosmountainslodge.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator AC/heat and wall to wall carpet in all rooms. No TV, radio or phones in rooms. Pay phones available in general Basin area. Cell phones generally do not work. VCR/TV rental available.

Facility amenities: One coin-operated washer/dryer is available. Limited Internet "hot spot" for wireless laptop. A small convenience store, National Park small visitor center, restaurant and gift store.

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

Additional nights before: Vary with season, please call.
Identify that you are with the Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 31 - Hike Lost Mine Trail/Free Time/Farewell Dinner
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Chisos Mountain Lodge at 7:00 am.

Morning: Hike Lost Mine Trail located in the Chisos Mountains; spectacular hike of approximately 5 miles; 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

Lunch: Sack lunch to be carried by participants.

Afternoon: Free Time

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

Evening: Return to Chisos Mountain Lodge following dinner.

Lodging: Chisos Mountains Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 01 - Departure
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Chisos Mountain Lodge between 7:00 and 9:00 am.

Morning: Latest check-out by 10:00 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Big Bend National Park, TX
Big Bend National ParkOfficial Website
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/bibe/home.htm
Big Bend Tourism CouncilOfficial website for the Big Bend area outside the National Park
For additional information, visit: www.visitbigbend.com

Important information about your itinerary:
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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