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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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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 21 - Feb 28, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Mar 21 - Mar 28, 2021
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1,999
Apr 4 - Apr 11, 2021
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1,999
Apr 18 - Apr 25, 2021
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1,999
Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Dec 5 - Dec 12, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Jan 23 - Jan 30, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Feb 20 - Feb 27, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2022
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1,999
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
1,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 21 - Feb 28, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Mar 21 - Mar 28, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Apr 4 - Apr 11, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Apr 18 - Apr 25, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Dec 5 - Dec 12, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Jan 23 - Jan 30, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Feb 20 - Feb 27, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 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 10 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 an authentic Mexican lunch at a family restaurant in the border town of Boquillas.
  • Spend an evening stargazing in Terlingua, awarded the “Dark Night Skies Award.”
Featured Expert
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Erin Little
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.

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

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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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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.
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.
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.
Empire of the Summer Moon
by S.C. Gwynne
A must read about the rise and fall of the Comanche nation.
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.
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.





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