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The Best Treks of West Texas: The Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park

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8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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. 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.
Diana from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/09/15 - 11/16/15
This was my first Road Scholar trip but it will not be the last-what an incredible learning adventure! I thought it would be like most tours where the Guides walk along with you for a couple of miles and then "poof!" leave you alone to explore for the rest of the time; that did not happen at all. From the first night in El Paso to the last morning in El Paso, our most excellent Guides were with us all every waking hour. Darren's wealth of "Life Experiences" dove-tailed nicely with Joselyn's acedemic knowledge; ask her to show you plants under her handy-dandy travel microscope-it's a whole other world! I could not have planned it any better. The accommodations and food were fantastic, much better than I thought would be provided. Lajitas for 3 nights and then Jenny & Scott's great Mt Lodge in the Davis Mts. WOW and WOW and WOW!! Thank you all for making this a great experience!

Mary Lou from Hopkins, MN Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/09/15 - 11/16/15
This program was excellent - wonderful hikes, fun people, and terrific guides (Darren, Joselyn, and Ginny). Seeing and learning about Big Bend's history, geology, flora, and fauna was terrific. Loved our jaunt into Mexico!

Mary from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 02/01/15
This was my first Road Scholar trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would not hesitate joining another Road Scholar trip. I've been wanting to explore other areas for hiking and found the perfect situation for not doing it alone.

Barbara from Lakewood, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/16/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip and I was very impressed. Darren is a wellspring of knowledge about all sorts of things concerning this area--birds, plants, animals, and how the isolation affected all of them. The scenery is spectacular and there are some long van rides, but this is Texas and the area is not on the way to anything else. Mexico was enlightening as I have never been to an area with no electricity or running water. I would have liked a little longer hikes but I was very glad when the leaders juggled the schedule when the weather was not propitious. Well done!

Harry from Burke, VA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/16/14
This was an outstanding trip to learn all about the history, culture, flora and fauna of West Texas and enjoy the great scenery. Hikes were about 4 miles a day with elevation gain of 600' with one day about 5 miles with gain of 1250'. There are a lot of steep, very rocky, narrow patches with high steps. Days are very busy and you can be away from the lodgings from 8am to after 8pm. There is no down time on this trip and travel is long hours in vans which are difficult to get in and out of. There were great trips to the observatory, old fort, old ghost town, Old Mexico by rowboat over the river, and university history museum. Meals are fine and mostly Mex or Tex-Mex in interesting local eateries. Accommodations are comfortable. This is a challenging and rewarding trip for the very fit and experienced hiker with the proper equipment for desert outings at higher elevations with temperature changes.

Carol from Jackson, MI Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/16/14
This is a great trip! You really get to see West Texas and learn so much. The hiking is fun and there is beautiful scenery to experience. I am very glad I took this trip as I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect.

Julie from Alta Loma, CA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/16/14
Great program. There was much information on history and the natural aspects of the Davis Mountains and Big Bend included in the program. The hikes were very scenic. The difficulty level seemed appropriate for moderately challenging. Visiting Mexico was fun. The food was great.

Anne from Bethesda, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 02/02/14
This program provided a wonderful opportunity to hike in beautiful West Texas (Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park). Darren Wallis and Lisa, our guides, were very knowledgeable about the nature and history of the area and led us on hikes that would be very difficult for a first-timer to find, much less navigate. The hikes were rigorous (two 4-6 mile hikes on some days), in high elevation with lots of steep ascents and descents along rocky, narrow paths. But the views obtained were iconic and spectacular. The accommodations (Mountain Trails Lodge and Chisos Lodge) were very comfortable and convenient to our daily excursions and the food was great. Side excursions to University of Texas McDonald Observatory (for a star party), Boquillas (Mexican border town), and Terlingua Ghost Town were interesting and informative, adding extra “punch” to the trip. We covered a lot of ground in the short one-week we explored the area - something that would be difficult to do on my own. I especially appreciate that this program provided transportation from El Paso to the hiking sites. Another program I considered would have required me to drive 300+ miles to Big Bend on my own. I highly recommend this program.

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