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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
Length
6 days
Rating (4.96)
Starts at
1,699
Program No. 11958RJ

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Activity Level: Outdoor: Spirited (9)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Nov 6 - Nov 11, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

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

Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

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

Dec 11 - Dec 16, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

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

Jan 8 - Jan 13, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Feb 5 - Feb 10, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Dec 3 - Dec 8, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Activity Level: Outdoor: Spirited (9)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Nov 6 - Nov 11, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

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

Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

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

Dec 11 - Dec 16, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

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

Jan 8 - Jan 13, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Feb 5 - Feb 10, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Dec 3 - Dec 8, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Activity Level: Outdoor: Challenging (7)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

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

Dec 4 - Dec 9, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

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

Jan 15 - Jan 20, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Dec 11 - Dec 16, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Activity Level: Outdoor: Challenging (7)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

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

Dec 4 - Dec 9, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

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

Jan 15 - Jan 20, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Dec 11 - Dec 16, 2023
Starting at
2,599

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 13 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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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 Wright View biography
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.
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Joe Lorenz View biography
Joe Lorenz hails from northern Wisconsin. He attended St. Norbert college, graduating in 2015 in biology. After working a year at the University of Colorado-Boulder, he completed a Master of Science in Molecular Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He completed wilderness medicine training through NOLS in Lander, Wyoming, earning his EMT license, which led him to Terlingua, Texas, working as an EMT and river guide. Since then, he has worked as a football coach, substitute teacher, wildland firefighter, and in safety management.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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".
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.
Big Bend Vista, A Geological Exploration of the Big Bend
by William MacLeod
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.
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.





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