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Starry Skies and Campfires: Intergenerational Adventure in the Mountains of Far West Texas

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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.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Start of Program
Jun 15, 2014
You may check in to Mountain Trails Lodge starting at 3:00 PM; Program begins with Orientation at 4:30 PM.
You will be staying at the Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center that night.
Location: Fort Davis, TX
Nearest city or town: Fort Davis, TX
Nearest highway: Texas State Highways 17 & 118
Nearest airport: El Paso International Airport and Midland International Airport

End of Program
Jun 20, 2014
After breakfast; Vans depart Spring Creek Ranch promptly at 7:30 AM Central time - Shuttle passengers to El Paso airport by 11:00 AM Mountain time; All others to Mountain Trails Lodge by 9:00 AM.
You will be staying at the Spring Creek Ranch the night before.
Location: Marathon, TX
Nearest city or town: Marathon, TX
Nearest highway: US Highway 90
Nearest airport: Midland, TX
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is located on 10 acres less than a mile south of historic Fort Davis, Texas. The relaxing, inviting atmosphere features lectures, entertainment, meals, and lodging all on site within easy walking distance. Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center, formerly Davis Mountains Education Center, in association with Elderhostel and Road Scholar, has provided educational adventures to adults and youth since 1989.

Contact info:
501 E Musquiz Dr
PO Box 1138
Fort Davis, TX 79734 USA
phone: 432-426-3481
web: www.mountaintrailslodge.com

Room amenities: Duplex cabins feature wireless Internet access, heating and air conditioning, and private porches. Each cabin has a coffee maker, microwave, small refrigerator, private bath with shower, reading lights above the beds, and sitting area.

Facility amenities: From your front porch, enjoy wide vistas of the Chihuahuan Desert and foothills of the Davis Mountains. Star pad and telescopes are located on premises for star gazing with our staff astronomer. Classroom and dining areas are within easy walking distance. Parking is available at each room with secure parking on site during your program travels. Satellite television and telephone for local calls are available in common areas.

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

Additional nights before: $94.00
Lodging is available nights before and after program. For those arriving via our El Paso shuttle, please remember that our shuttle runs on program start and end dates ONLY. If you wish to arrive early or stay late, you may rent a car at the El Paso airport and park it at the Lodge.

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Type: Other

Description: Private working ranch in the mountains near Big Bend National Park. Owned and operated by the Carter family, who ran the horseback concession in Big Bend National Park for years. Craig Carter is a well-know Texas and western country singer.

Contact info:
South Highway 385
Marathon, TX 79842 USA
phone: 432-376-2260
Room amenities: Rustic ranch lodge. No amenities. Bring your own hairdryers, shampoo and conditioner and any other toiletries or amenities you require.

Facility amenities: Experience authentic Texas ranch living! Lodge has rooms with two twin beds with shared bathrooms, and some cabins a short walk from the main lodge. Tents are set up for kids and grandparents who want to truly experience life outdoors (Outdoor restroom and bathhouse nearby). Expansive covered veranda provides a lovely spot to watch the sunrise and sunset, listen to stories of ranch life, and enjoy fabulous West Texas BBQ and hospitality. Evening entertainment around the campfire, when musicians are available and fire conditions permitting.

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

Bathroom: Indoor plumbing in lodge. Shared bathrooms. Outdoor privvy for tent camping.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences
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