West Texas and Big Bend National Park
The Davis Mountains are known as the Alps of Texas. Find out why as you discover “Sky Island” forests, complex geology, Big Bend National Park and the human history of Fort Davis.
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Program No. 1948RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Explore the mountains of Far West Texas! Begin in the Davis Mountains, cool and forested, then travel to Big Bend National Park with its massive canyons, vast desert and the Chisos Mountain range. Visit the eclectic art oasis of Marfa and relive Texas history at wonderfully restored Fort Davis.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking on varied terrain. Optional hiking. No porterage. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn how the 8,300-foot Davis Mountains form a “sky island” of temperate, forested environments amid the arid Chihuahuan Desert.
  • Study its complex geology and unique ecosystems of Big Bend National Park.
  • Visit the world-renowned McDonald Observatory and learn to identify celestial objects in the night sky at a Star Party.
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Washtub Jerry
Named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the Western Music Association in 1999, Washtub Jerry is a recognized authority on building and playing the washtub bass. Jerry has performed with Patsy Montana, Yakov Smirnoff, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Riders In The Sky, Peter Yarrow, Johnny Gimble and hundreds of other musicians. He has participated in musical cultural exchanges in Russia, Germany and Ireland, and has authored and published four books. Washtub Jerry is the fifth generation descendant of South Dakota homesteaders, and has lived among West Texas ranchers and cowboys for over four decades.

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

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Washtub Jerry
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Glenn Moreland
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