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.

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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.

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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 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 for travel in search of places that still held some of the wild spirit. Andrew has been coming through the Big Bend area for over 20 years and loves working the winter season, sharing his love for these wild and quiet remnants of the past.
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Asher Woodson, born in Dallas, started coming out to the Big Bend area in middle school and has been returning ever since. Prior to living in Terlingua, Asher managed a sheep farm. In 2022, he moved to Terlingua and worked as a maintenance man in the Terlingua Ghost Town. In 2023, Asher switched to work as a river and hiking expert. Asher has been an outdoorsman his entire life, ranging from the Boy Scouts to fishing, hunting and trapping, backpacking, climbing, and rafting.
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