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Texas/New Mexico

Hiking at Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains & Carlsbad Caverns

Program No. 23329RJ
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
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,249

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DATES & starting prices
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Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2023
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2,249
Feb 5 - Feb 12, 2023
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2,249
Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2023
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2,249
Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2023
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2,249
Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2023
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2,249
Apr 2 - Apr 9, 2023
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2,249
Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2023
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2,249
Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2023
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2,249
Oct 22 - Oct 29, 2023
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2,249
Nov 5 - Nov 12, 2023
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2,249
Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2023
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2,249
Dec 3 - Dec 10, 2023
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2,249
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Feb 5 - Feb 12, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2023
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2,779
Apr 2 - Apr 9, 2023
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2,779
Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2023
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2,779
Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Oct 22 - Oct 29, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Nov 5 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2023
Starting at
2,779
Dec 3 - Dec 10, 2023
Starting at
2,779

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 the night skies in Terlingua.
Featured Expert
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Jimmie Ivy
Jimmie Ivy is a welder, carpenter, electrician, and plumber. When he moved to Terlingua, he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in the ambulance service and served as captain of the Terlingua Fire Department for five years. He is a Wilderness First Responder. His passion is the region’s wildlife and includes tracking and identifying animal signs. Jimmie enjoys sharing his binoculars with others in spotting animals, from the smallest lizards and birds to bobcats and big horn sheep.

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

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Jimmie Ivy View biography
Jimmie Ivy is a welder, carpenter, electrician, and plumber. When he moved to Terlingua, he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in the ambulance service and served as captain of the Terlingua Fire Department for five years. He is a Wilderness First Responder. His passion is the region’s wildlife and includes tracking and identifying animal signs. Jimmie enjoys sharing his binoculars with others in spotting animals, from the smallest lizards and birds to bobcats and big horn sheep.
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Erica Little spends her summers floating the Pigeon River in Hartford, Tennessee, and winters in Terlingua, Texas leading single and 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. Erica has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail, 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 Little 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 certified Wilderness First Responder.
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Andrew Campbell is from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. From a young age, he and like-minded friends would wander to the few undeveloped areas left in the city. As he got older, he worked in kitchens, bars, construction, warehouses, and manufacturing to save enough to travel in search of places that still held some of the wild spirit. Andrew has been coming through the Big Bend area for 20 years and loves working the winter season, sharing his love for these wild and quiet remnants of the past.
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.
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.
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.
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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