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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.
Rating (5)
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 3 - Oct 10, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Oct 17 - Oct 24, 2021
Micro group
Starting at
2,259
Itinerary Note

This is a Micro Group departure, with 12 or fewer participants.

Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Dec 5 - Dec 12, 2021
Starting at
1,999
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
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 23 - Oct 30, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
1,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Oct 17 - Oct 24, 2021
Micro group
Starting at
2,759
Itinerary Note

This is a Micro Group departure, with 12 or fewer participants.

Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Dec 5 - Dec 12, 2021
Starting at
2,499
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
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 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.”

General Notes

Select dates are Micro Group departures, with 12 or fewer participants.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Meals
20 Meals
7 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
7 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Jan 16, 2022 - Jan 23, 2022
  • Oct 03, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021
  • Oct 17, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021
  • Oct 31, 2021 - Nov 07, 2021
  • Nov 07, 2021 - Nov 14, 2021
  • Nov 28, 2021 - Dec 05, 2021
  • Dec 05, 2021 - Dec 12, 2021
  • Dec 12, 2021 - Dec 19, 2021
  • Jan 09, 2022 - Jan 16, 2022
  • Jan 16, 2022 - Jan 23, 2022
  • Jan 23, 2022 - Jan 30, 2022
  • Feb 06, 2022 - Feb 13, 2022
  • Feb 20, 2022 - Feb 27, 2022
  • Feb 27, 2022 - Mar 06, 2022
  • Mar 27, 2022 - Apr 03, 2022
  • Apr 03, 2022 - Apr 10, 2022
  • Apr 17, 2022 - Apr 24, 2022
  • Oct 23, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022
  • Nov 06, 2022 - Nov 13, 2022
  • Dec 04, 2022 - Dec 11, 2022
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.
4 nights
Terlingua
No description
1 night
Carlsbad
The Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad offers accommodations that are perfect for guests exploring sights of the Carlsbad area: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Pecos River Walk, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms welcome guests for a pleasant stay. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry and 24-hour business center.





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