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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
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Peter Gollon Feb 25, 2014 at 07:18 PM

Re Hueco Tanks.

The only way to see pictographs is on a ranger guided tour. Otherwise area closed.

Phone ahead to talk to park staff directly to find out when tours are given, sign up for one. There are different areas that tours visit under supervision; see what's available and ask in advance so a guide/ranger can be scheduled. Longer ones might be more interesting. And wear hiking boots.

Rick Davis Feb 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

A big thank you to one and all who commented on my post ... your feedback has been very helpful ... if you think of anything else, don't hesitate to post your thoughts.
by-the-way, we are considering going into El Paso a day or two early ... if anyone has suggestions on where to stay or what to do please send along your comments
Helen Wenner Feb 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Don't miss Hueco Tanks, about a 20 mile drive from El Paso. The pictographs were phenomenal. and some of the most unusual I've ever seen. Google it. Carlsbad Caverns not far from El Paso either. And White Sands. Enroll soon for your RS trip as they fill fast. We almost didnt get in. Fabulous pictographs
Helen Wenner Feb 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Helen Wenner Feb 25, 2014 at 07:30 AM

Big Bend is a long way to go for just a 5-day hike (although well worth it!) Recommend staying longer before and/or after to take in more of the area: Fort Davis, BB Ranch State Park, Hueco Tanks (near El Paso).....
John Moyer Feb 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Loved the hiking, did nearly 40miles in 4days, the challenging pgm. Small group, 10 of us.

Peter Gollon Feb 25, 2014 at 06:50 AM

I found the wi-fi sometimes went off at night, but was restored in the morning. It wasn't fast. When it was off I was able to use my phone for email, but that too was slow. Of course, the whole point of the trip is to get away from all that!

I was on the Moderately challenging trip, and spent typically 30-45 min driving to or from trailheads.

I allowed myself a day's layover in El Paso on the way there, and was surprised at the number and quality of the museums there.
John Moyer Feb 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Wifi work well for me. Did the challenging pgm, terrific!

Rick Davis Feb 24, 2014 at 05:33 PM

To anyone who has done the challenging hike in Big Bend ... What is the weather like at the end of January and do you spend alot of time in vehicles (other than the drive from the airport)? How was the wifi connection at Far Flung?
Helen Wenner Feb 24, 2014 at 06:25 PM

Hi Rick, We did the "moderately challenging" hike in Big Bend but I know pretty much all the trails you'll do in the challenging one. Mucho time hiking and not so very long in the van. Of course Far Flung is farther from some trailheads than Chisos Lodge where we stayed, but the drive wasnt long. Can't recall the WIFI status at FF as we can always fall back on 3G or LTE where available. Weather can range from short-sleeves to layers under a coat, but it's all beautiful. You should just do it!
Cassandra Stoddart Feb 24, 2014 at 09:38 PM

Just returned from Big Bend.... Far Flung had perfect WiFi, delicious food and lovely casitas. It was a beautiful short ride to the park. The time determined by which trail you were hiking. Mornings were cool, we hiked in t-shirts and microfiber pants/shorts
John Moyer Feb 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Terrific pgm, guides, small group of 10, Drove from Denver, mornings cool, best lLayering use I have ever had, one day the high got to 76. Agree with Cassandra about her comments.

Peter Jones Jan 26, 2014 at 02:12 PM

Hi Helen:

My wife and I will visit Fort Davis on Jan 31 and take a float trip on Feb 1 before checking in on Feb 2. We will not be spending a night in Fort Davis but may run in to you and your husband while we are there.
Helen Wenner Jan 26, 2014 at 04:06 PM

Have fun on the float trip! We'll be at the Observatory Saturday.

Helen Wenner Jan 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

My husband and i are also enrolled in the Feb 2 program, but we will also be arriving early to spend a couple days in the Fort Davis area and then a float trip after the program ends. Looking forward to meeting everyone and (perhaps?) getting to watch a bit of the Super Bowl before we begin. :-)

Peter Jones Jan 23, 2014 at 07:40 PM

Hi Mary. My wife and I are also entolled in the Feb 2 program. However we will be arriving on jan 31 so that we can take a float trip on the Rio Grande on Feb 1.
John Moyer Jan 24, 2014 at 06:16 AM

I am in the January 26th group about to begin a good days drive from Morrison CO and sign in Sunday; loking forwardto a terrific week of trekking.
Peter Jones Jan 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Peter Jones Jan 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

We are in the following group so will miss you.

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