Hiking in the Unspoiled Beauty of Big Bend
From desert vegetation to the lush floodplains of the Rio Grande, from dinosaur fossils to Native American pictographs, come hike and learn the story of Big Bend.
Program No. 11958RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. Outdoor: Challenging – Hiking 7 - 10 miles daily over varied terrain. Outdoor: Spirited – Hiking up to six miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 6,850 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Thomas Styron
With more than 11 years’ experience leading people through some of the most remote river systems in the U.S., Thomas Styron was drawn to Big Bend by his preference for arid environments and remote terrain. He fell in love with the area’s distinct blend of cultures, rich history, and diverse ecosystems. Thomas has a knack for sharing his fun-loving attitude and genuine enjoyment of the landscape with others, and participants on his programs often come away having awakened new interests.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Erica Little
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