11958
Big Bend National Park
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.
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Program No. 11958RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Big Bend Country
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Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Dinner: Introductions and welcome dinner at Far Flung at 6:00 pm.

Evening: Orientation following dinner.

DAY
2
Hiking the "Window", Hiking the Lost Mine Trail
Big Bend Country
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Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: Hike Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park: hike is approximately 4 miles round trip with a 500 foot elevation gain. It's a bit of an "opposite" type of hike in that we hike down the mountain - into the "Basin" and then hike back up; offers great views of the Window - a break in the mountain range looking out across the desert; the end of the hiking trail crosses several streams of water. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Lunch: Deli Style Picnic Field Lunch in the Chisos Basin.

Afternoon: Lost Mine trail is a spectacular hike of approxmiately 4.8 miles round trip in the Chisos Mountains. It affords a three hundred and sixty degree view into the southeastern section of the National Park. Elevation gain is 1250 feet. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Dinner: Authentic Mexican Food Dinner at Rio Bravo Restaurant located next door to Las Casitas. Y

Evening: Learn how emergency services are managed in the 3000 square miles of the Terlingua Fire & EMS area.

DAY
3
Hiking Upper Burro Mesa, Cattail Falls,Terlingua Ghost Town
Big Bend Country
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Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: We will begin our day at the southern end of Burro Mesa along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Hiking along the dry wash, we will encounter narrow rocky gorges before coming to the 100 ft pour-off. Some scrambling down large rocks is necessary. Moderate difficulty.

Lunch: Deli style picnic lunch at the historic Castolon/Cottonwood area in the southwest section of the National Park. Castolon was an old cavalry post built in 1920. The military withdrew in 1921 and it then became a frontier trading post. There is a store that is still open today.

Afternoon: A hidden gem within Big Bend National Park, Cattail Falls has long been a favorite of local folks and wildlife alike. We will begin our hike off of a park service road before veering off up some steep large steps while entering the foothills of the Chisos Mountains. The trail then drops into a densely vegetated perennial creek drainage. A cool grotto awaits calmly at the end of the trail. Moderate difficulty.

Dinner: Prior to dinner at the well known Starlight Theater restaurant in the historic Terlingua Ghostown, a short presentation on the mining history of the area will be given by the guide. The Starlight was built in 1931 as the movie theater for the mining community and was resurrected from ruins as a restaurant in 1991. It is considered by most visitors to the area as a "must see".

DAY
4
Presentation by BBNP, Full Day Hike - Historic Hot Springs
Big Bend Country
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Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: Hike Hot Springs trail on the east side of the park along the Rio Grande - with great views of the river - from the historic Hot Springs to Rio Grande Village and back; hike is 6 miles round trip with some elevation gain. There will be time after the hike at the Hot Springs for participants to view the restored buildings of the early settlement and health resort (1900 to 1940) as well as the Native American rock art. Participants wishing to soak in the Hot Springs should bring swimwear. There are restrooms for changing. Degree of Difficulty - Medium

Lunch: Participants will carry a sack lunch.

Afternoon: Hiking continued and returning to our accomodations around 4:00 pm.

Dinner: La Kiva restaurant. A varied menu ranging from salad, grilled chicken, pizza, to hamburgers.

DAY
5
Full Day Hike - High Chisos Mountain Loop
Big Bend Country
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Big Bend Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center

Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: We will spend the day hiking in the beautiful Chisos Mountains! We will start in the Basin, hiking 10.5 miles round-trip with about 2400 foot elevation gain. The trail follows switchbacks up into the mountains with steep and rocky terrain. Our hike will take us through woodlands opening up to excellent views into the Basin. We will be in the highest part of Big Bend National park, and the views are often 100 miles in distance. Degree of Difficulty - Strenuous

Lunch: Participants will carry a sack lunch.

Afternoon: Hiking continued and returning to our accommodations around 4:00pm.

Dinner: Dinner will be a special event at the offices of Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlinugua.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
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Breakfast: Breakfast provided in casitas. Menu of breakfast items will be given to participants upon arrival. Items to include but not limited to: yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, oatmeal, bread, bacon, sausage, hard boiled eggs, jelly, butter, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Morning: Latest check-out is 10 am.