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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
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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itinerary
Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Dec 5 - Dec 12, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Jan 9 - Jan 16, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Jan 23 - Jan 30, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Feb 6 - Feb 13, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Feb 20 - Feb 27, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Apr 3 - Apr 10, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Oct 9 - Oct 16, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
1,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Dec 5 - Dec 12, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Itinerary Note

Due to an ongoing closure at the Boquillas, Mexico port of entry, this departure will not travel into Mexico. Instead, the group will have the opportunity to hike the scenic Window Trail in the Chisos Mountains.

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
Starting at
2,499
Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Apr 3 - Apr 10, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Oct 9 - Oct 16, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
2,499

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.”

General Notes

Select dates are Micro Group departures, with 12 or fewer participants.
Featured Expert
All Experts
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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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Jimmie 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. He 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 View biography
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 Little View biography
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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Jeff Pollett splits his year working as a guide on rivers and trails between the Chihuahuan Desert and Smoky Mountains rainforests. An Arkansas native, he discovered his love of the outdoors at an early age. There is something about water, frozen or flowing, that draws him in. Jeff started working as a river guide in 1996 and has since worked on rivers across the country. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in English literature in 2000 and delights in sharing his knowledge of local lore.
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Joseph Landreth is an accomplished explorer, runner, and sky diver. He started traveling in the Marine Corp and continues his quest to collect special moments. He is passionate about running and jumping out of airplanes, starting at a place called Skydive Orange in Virginia. He says if you ever have the chance to fly through the sky, you will stand on the ground and always look up and know why the birds sing. Joseph loves sharing outdoor experiences, which is what led him to guiding.
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Kyle Greene View biography
Kyle Greene says if happiness is the goal, adventures should be top priority. This led him to a lifestyle of adventure guiding. He grew up in upstate New York and began working as a river guide in Colorado during summers during college. He has led trips in Colorado, West Virginia, Texas and California. He started spending winters in Big Bend in 2018 and loves exploring the Chihuahuan Desert trails and river. Most evenings Kyle admires striking sunsets from horizon to horizon in Big Bend.
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.
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.
Empire of the Summer Moon
by S.C. Gwynne
A must read about the rise and fall of the Comanche nation.
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.
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.
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.





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