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BEGINS IN: FORT DAVIS, TEXAS

West Texas and Big Bend National Park

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Program #1948RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
Explore the mountains of Far West Texas! Begin in the Davis Mountains, cool and forested, then travel to Big Bend National Park with its bluebonnets, massive canyons, vast desert and the Chisos Mountain range. Also, relive Texas history at wonderfully restored Fort Davis.


Highlights

• Learn how the 8,300-foot Davis Mountains form a “sky island” of temperate, forested environments amid the arid Chihuahuan Desert, and implications for wildlife.
• In Big Bend National Park, study its complex geology and unique ecosystems of mountains and deserts teeming with wildlife.
• Explore Fort Davis to analyze its impact on the development of the Western frontier.

Activity Notes

Walking on varied terrain. Optional hiking. No porterage. Elevations up to 8,300 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Fort Davis, 2 nights; coach to Big Bend National Park, 2 nights; coach to Fort Davis, 1 night; departure.

Date Notes
10/20/2014
Enjoy the mild fall weather in the beautiful Big Bend! If it`s been a good monsoon season, the rocky hillsides will be covered with green and late blooming desert flowers. As an added bonus, visit the McDonald Observatory during the New Moon for unparalleled starry sky viewing.2/17/2015
When conditions are right, the desert hills come alive with wildflowers & blooming cacti. An added bonus: The annual Trappings of Texas exhibit is on display at the Museum of the Big Bend.3/30/2015
In April, plants and cacti dot the dessert with magnificent blooms. Bring your binoculars! Late March and early April mark the start of spring migrating season; over 450 species have been recorded in Big Bend National Park.

Our Value Promise To You

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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4.8
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