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6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.
Lawrence from Albuquerque, NM Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 02/17/15 - 02/22/15
The program includes the McDonald Observatory and Fort Davis, which are relatively close to the overnight accommodation, but Big Bend National Park, while very scenic, is huge and remote from the overnight accommodation, so you'll spend a lot of time on the bus!

Phil from Bethesda, MD Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 02/25/14 - 03/02/14
This is an absolutely wonderful program, loaded with incredibly beautiful scenery, highly informative and entertaining presentations and interpretive guidance, and organized and facilitated by the nicest folks you would ever want to encounter. A winner all around.

Duane from Frisco, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
Enjoyable trip to the end of the world. The folks at the Mountain Trails Lodge were friendly and helpful. Darren Wallis, the group leader, was certainly knowledgeable about the region and cultures, and did a great job as our tour guide. I'm interested in history, "the West," and science, which were all included in this trip. I have read about and experienced western and cowboy life all my life so I was acquainted with "the West." I enjoyed cowboy Glenn Moreland's two presentations, especially his music night. The tour of McDonald Observatory was educational, with an entertaining tour guide. Traveling through Marfa we saw some of the "outdoor art," and the "Marfa lights" story was new and interesting. The added float trip on the Rio Grande was a highlight for me. The tour of Terlingua by Cynta DeNarvaez was fascinating, including the history of mercury mining there and the life of the miners. Darren's explanation about the lower-Rio Grande was interesting and educational. This trip to West Texas and Big Bend National Park is an excellent introduction to Big Bend National Park and an experience into a remote part of Texas and the U.S.; I'm glad I went.

Robert from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
The West Texas/Big Bend trip in Oct. 2013 was our first with Road Scholar--what a great introduction! The Big Bend area is majestic and beautiful. We learned so much about the geology and history of the area. The Ft. Davis part of the trip was also a good learning experience with "field trips" to Ft Davis Nat'l. Park, McDonald Observatory, etc. And the food at DMEC is great!

George from Corpus Christi, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
We enjoyed this program very much. The scenery was spectacular and the guides (especially Darren) were outstanding in explaining about the area. The lodging was more than satisfactory, and meals were great. Overall a fun and educational week. Kim

Gerrell from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
This was an outstanding program in every respect. Even though the primary focus was the breathtaking natural beauty of Big Bend National Park, this program provided so much more in increased knowledge and new experiences. It enabled those of us who participated to learn the history of this region from pre-historic times up to the present day. The fact that our guide, Darren, has lived in this area for many years was a significant factor in the success of this program, but all of the other presentations were of an extremely high quality. The young woman who led us on the tour of Terlingua made both the history of that town and the lives of the current inhabitants come alive; the working cowboy provided valuable insight into the ranching history of the area; and the visit to the Museum of the Big Bend tied up everything that we had learned and experienced during the week. The food, both at Mountain Trails Lodge and the local small restaurants, was delightful.

Edward from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
Congratulations on a program that was educational, interesting and varied. All the people involved in our experience were well versed and helpful. This was my 4th program and I will look forward to others.
Ed Bratcher

Al from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
Our guide, Darren knowledge of the area really made the trip. The Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor, while not fancy was comfortable and the food was great. Never a dull sight on the trip. There were many sites I wished we could have spent more time, but the program gave you a good overview of Big Bend. It is “Big” after all.

Ray from Harker Heights, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
I had to enter the information on the required forms twice because the initial submission was not accepted or it froze up the recipient server program. This happened to several persons on this trip. There is an error in the program that needs to be sorted out or you do not have sufficient server capacity to handle multiple submissions of required forms at the same time.

Lynda from Harker Heights, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
The website is good but for the forms section which could be improved. There needs to be an occasional acceptance problem with the information typed into the online forms when it is submitted. That is a programming problem and I hope that you can find the error in the program.

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