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.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 1948RJ
8 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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Glenn Moreland
Glenn Moreland began playing the fiddle and guitar in the late 1960's around Austin, Texas. He fell in love with cowboy songs and took up the fiddle in order to learn the tunes that were the favorites of the cowhands. After receiving his B.A. in agriculture from Southwest Texas State University, he worked for the USDA as a cattle inspector, and spent a year in the feed lots near El Paso. For the past 30 years, Glenn has worked on area ranches, as well as the family ranching interests. While working as a cowboy in West Texas, he added many songs to his repertoire, including some that he wrote. He has been nominated by his peers as a performing musician to the Academy of Western Artists. Glenn's quick wit, wry humor and knowledge of cowboy history make him a favorite performer.

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

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