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11958
Texas

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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699
Texas

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699
Program No. 11958 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Activity Level: Outdoor: Challenging (1)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 7 - Nov 12, 2021
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

Hiking 7-12 miles daily over varied terrain; Elevations up to 6,850 feet.

Activity Level: Outdoor: Challenging (1)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 7 - Nov 12, 2021
Starting at
2,289
Itinerary Note

Hiking 7-12 miles daily over varied terrain; Elevations up to 6,850 feet.

Activity Level: Outdoor: Spirited (1)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 5 - Dec 10, 2021
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

Hiking up to 6 miles daily over varied terrain; elevations up to 6,850 feet.

Activity Level: Outdoor: Spirited (1)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 5 - Dec 10, 2021
Starting at
2,289
Itinerary Note

Hiking up to 6 miles daily over varied terrain; elevations up to 6,850 feet.

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 7-12 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.
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Alicia Wright
Alicia comes from a river family in Northwest Colorado. In 2013, she moved to Moab, Utah and became a full-time river leader on the Colorado Plateau. The Rio Grande enticed her to the Big Bend Region in the winter of 2017. Alicia fell in love with the Chihuahua Desert, the diverse cultures of the international border and the vibrant history of Texas. Her passions have propelled her to lead hiking groups through the Big Bend National Park and share what she has learned.

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

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Alicia comes from a river family in Northwest Colorado. In 2013, she moved to Moab, Utah and became a full-time river leader on the Colorado Plateau. The Rio Grande enticed her to the Big Bend Region in the winter of 2017. Alicia fell in love with the Chihuahua Desert, the diverse cultures of the international border and the vibrant history of Texas. Her passions have propelled her to lead hiking groups through the Big Bend National Park and share what she has learned.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Big Bend Vista, A Geological Exploration of the Big Bend
by William MacLeod
Naturalist's Big Bend
by Roland Wauwe
An introduction to the trees, shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects of the Big Bend.
Hiking Big Bend National Park
by Laurence Parent
Comprehensive guide to 44 most popular hikes in the national park as well as three hikes in Big Bend Ranch State Park
Big Bend, The Story Behind The Scenery
by Carol E. Sperling
This book is dedicated to all who find nature not an adversary to conquer and destroy, but a storehouse of infinite knowledge and experience linking man to all things past and present. They know conserving the natural environment is essential to our future well being.
Beneath the Window: Early Ranch Life in the Big Bend Country
by Patricia Wilson Clothier
A memoir by Patricia Wilson Clothier. Before it became a national park, the Big Bend was home to a number of ranches and mining operations. On the Wilson ranch, which stood at the center of the current park, Mrs. Clothier spent her youth exploring the wonders of ranch life in the Chisos. Patricia's richly detailed memories, coupled with a backdrop of Depression era hardships, bring the Big Bend to life in this original and vivid description of a childhood spent "Beneath the Window".
I'll Gather My Geese
by Hallie Crawford Stillwell
The New York Times identified Hallie Stillwell (1897-1997) as a "rancher and a Texas legend." At the age of nineteen, Hallie decided to take a job teaching school in the remote border town of Presidio, Texas. Her father thought it a dangerous proposition and told her she was getting into a wild goose chase. She responded, "Then I'll gather my geese." After teaching for a year, she got a proposal from an old-fashioned rancher twice her age, Roy Stillwell. Hallie's escapades as a bride in the rough environs of the Big Bend ranch have appealed to thousands of readers.
God's Country or Devil's Playground
by Edited by Barney Nelson
In this anthology of nature writing, Barney Nelson gathers nearly sixty literary perspectives on the landscape and life of the Big Bend region, broadly defined as Trans-Pecos Texas and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to Leopold and Webb, the collection includes such well-known writers as Edward Abbey, Mary Austin, Roy Bedichek, and Frederick Olmsted, as well as a wide range of voices that includes explorers, trappers, cowboys, ranch wives, curanderos, college presidents, scientists, locals, tourists, historians, avisadores, and waitresses. Following a personal introduction by Barney Nelson, the pieces are grouped thematically to highlight the distinctive ways in which writers have responded to the Big Bend.
The Story of Big Bend National Park
by John Jameson
This book offers a comprehensive, highly readable history of the park from its founding in 1944 up to the present.
The Big Bend, A History of the Last Texas Frontier
by Ron C. Tyler
A study of four centuries of human society-Indian, Spanish, Mexican, Texas and American - in a region remote and little known.
Big Bend, A Homesteader's Story
by J.O. Langford
A story of the Langfords' life in the rugged and spectacularly beautiful country which they came to call their own. This account is told with the help of Fred Gipson, author of Old Yeller.





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