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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
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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.
Hike your way through Big Bend National Park, one of the most remote, wildly beautiful and peaceful places in America. Geological history spanning millions of years and a discussion of the “brief” era of the dinosaurs will add to the appreciation and mystique of what the early Spanish explorers called “El Despoblado” — the empty land.


• Explore historic Terlingua, a former “ghost town” that is now a quaint desert town, and its Starlight Theater restaurant built in 1931 as the movie theater for the mining community.
• Hike through three ecosystems — mountain peaks to desert springs and river trails.
• See Native American rock art and soak in the Hot Springs after a six-mile hike along the Rio Grande.

Program Notes

Terrain varies from desert floor to mountain trails, generally rocky and uneven. Due to the size of Big Bend National Park, full days with a field lunch are spent away from the accommodations. Single rooms only offered on some dates.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Varies by date. Dec. 11, 2016 | Jan. 15, 2017 : Challenging – Hiking 8-10 miles daily over varied terrain. Elevation gains of more than 2,400 feet. All other dates: Moderately Challenging – Hiking up to six miles daily over varied terrain.

Date Notes
Program based at Chisos Mountains Lodge, the only accommodation in Big Bend National Park. Group size no larger than 20.11/6/2016
Program based at Far Flung`s Big Bend Casitas in Terlingua and limited to 12 participants.11/13/2016
Program based at Far Flung`s Big Bend Casitas in Terlingua and limited to 12 participants.11/27/2016
Program based at Far Flung`s Big Bend Casitas in Terlingua and limited to 12 participants.12/4/2016
Program based at Far Flung`s Big Bend Casitas in Terlingua and limited to 18 participants. 12/11/2016
Program based at Far Flung`s Big Bend Casitas in Terlingua and limited to 12 participants.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances


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