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23329
Texas/New Mexico

Hiking at Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains & Carlsbad Caverns

Come south this winter to explore diverse ecosystems, geologic formations and human cultures, while hiking in three of our nation’s national parks.
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Program No. 23329RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,899
Texas/New Mexico

Hiking at Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains & Carlsbad Caverns

Come south this winter to explore diverse ecosystems, geologic formations and human cultures, while hiking in three of our nation’s national parks.
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,899
Program No. 23329 RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Jan 9 - Jan 16, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Jan 23 - Jan 30, 2022
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1,899
Feb 6 - Feb 13, 2022
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1,999
Feb 20 - Feb 27, 2022
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1,999
Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2022
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1,999
Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2022
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1,999
Apr 3 - Apr 10, 2022
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1,999
Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022
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1,999
Oct 9 - Oct 16, 2022
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1,999
Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2022
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1,999
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 2022
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1,999
Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
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1,999
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
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1,999
Jan 8 - Jan 15, 2023
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2,199
Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2023
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2,199
Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2023
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2,199
Feb 5 - Feb 12, 2023
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2,199
Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2023
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2,199
Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2023
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2,199
Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2023
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2,199
Apr 2 - Apr 9, 2023
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2,199
Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2023
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2,199
Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2023
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2,199
Oct 22 - Oct 29, 2023
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2,199
Nov 5 - Nov 12, 2023
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2,199
Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2023
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2,199
Dec 3 - Dec 10, 2023
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2,199
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Jan 9 - Jan 16, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Jan 23 - Jan 30, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Feb 6 - Feb 13, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Feb 20 - Feb 27, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2022
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2,499
Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2022
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2,499
Apr 3 - Apr 10, 2022
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2,499
Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022
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2,499
Oct 9 - Oct 16, 2022
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2,499
Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2022
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2,499
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 2022
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2,499
Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
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2,499
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
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2,499
Jan 8 - Jan 15, 2023
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2,729
Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2023
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2,729
Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2023
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2,729
Feb 5 - Feb 12, 2023
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2,729
Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2023
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2,729
Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2023
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2,729
Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2023
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2,729
Apr 2 - Apr 9, 2023
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2,729
Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2023
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2,729
Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2023
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2,729
Oct 22 - Oct 29, 2023
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2,729
Nov 5 - Nov 12, 2023
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2,729
Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2023
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Dec 3 - Dec 10, 2023
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2,729

At a Glance

Join local experts and a small group of fellow hikers as you explore the varied ecosystems of three national parks: Big Bend, the Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns. Learn how early natives, pioneers, miners and ranchers interacted with the land and its diverse flora and fauna, especially the curanduros healers. Find out what it means to live “off the grid” as you travel to remote Mexican border towns, and see why this region was once known as “the Last Frontier.”
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 3-7 miles each day over varied terrain. Elevations from 5,500 to 8,000 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…

  • Hike down to the deepest caverns of Carlsbad Caverns, both a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Enjoy dinner at the historic Starlight Theater and hike the iconic trails at Big Bend National Park.
  • Spend an evening stargazing in Terlingua, awarded the “Dark Night Skies Award.”
Featured Expert
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Erica Little
Erica spends her summers floating the Pigeon River in Hartford, Tennessee and winters in Terlingua, Texas leading single/multiday river trips as well as hiking and backpacking trips. She has a Wilderness First Responder first aid certification and is a self-proclaimed thorn and blister expert. She has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT), the southern half of the Pacific Crest Trail, and completed multi-day hikes in Nepal, Switzerland, Tasmania, Patagonia and the Andes. Terlingua has been her winter home for 12 years.

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

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Erica spends her summers floating the Pigeon River in Hartford, Tennessee and winters in Terlingua, Texas leading single/multiday river trips as well as hiking and backpacking trips. She has a Wilderness First Responder first aid certification and is a self-proclaimed thorn and blister expert. She has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT), the southern half of the Pacific Crest Trail, and completed multi-day hikes in Nepal, Switzerland, Tasmania, Patagonia and the Andes. Terlingua has been her winter home for 12 years.
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Erin comes from the Appalachian region of Tennessee. She has led groups for 19 years, typically spending the summer leading whitewater raft groups in Tennessee and the rest of the year leading hikes, river trips and Mexico outings in far west Texas. She is also a Swiftwater Rescue Instructor and Wilderness First Responder Certified.
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Josh Mader always wanted to work in the outdoor industry. He followed his dreams and made the leap to follow his passions of boating, hiking, hunting, and adventuring. He now works year-round across the country and spends a good chunk of the year in the Big Bend area. In summer, he guides on the Kern River in the southern Sierras in California; then, he guides boats on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return in Idaho.
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Chris Rodriguez is a passionate plant person who spent a few months growing on a covered balcony in Houston before looking for the biggest botanical challenge: growing an oasis in the Chihuahuan desert. He is a sustainability, self-sufficiency, and hammock/sunset advocate and believes he has the best perch, that inevitably leads to introspection. Chris lives off the grid, so ask him about his batteries and rainwater catchment. Catch your rain. Learn about plants. Spend time in hammocks and make time to enjoy the sunset.
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.
Empire of the Summer Moon
by S.C. Gwynne
A must read about the rise and fall of the Comanche nation.
The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
by Ron C. Tyler
A chapter by chapter approach to the human settlement of the Big Bend.
The Big Bend of the Rio Grande: A Guide to the Rocks, Landscape, Geologic History, and Settlers of the Area of Big Bend National Park
by Ross Maxwell
An all-encompassing read covering geology, early park history, and medicinal plants.
Beneath the Window: Early Ranch Life in the Big Bend
by Patricia Wilson Clothier
A memoir of the author's upbringing in the wilds of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico: From the Sacred Mountain
by Lynda A. Sanchez
A wonderful collection of stories that captures the bygone Apache lifestyle.





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