Big Bend National Park – Fall
October 20 - 25, 2019
(6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals, full-day raft/canoe program, park entrance fees, van shuttle between Midland and Big Bend, leaders, trail maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is provided between Midland and Big Bend N.P. prior to and following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Midland International Air and Space Port, TX, Guide Gratuity.
Hotel: 8 am
“Barb and Patty had great teamwork and took excellent care of us. The choices of daily activities were superb … I loved the desert hike, Santa Elena Canyon, South Rim hike, and canoe trip.” Jennifer C.
Nestled in the southwest corner of Texas, Big Bend National Park is situated along a 107-mile stretch of the Rio Grande, including the point where the river turns sharply to the north (hence, its name, “Big Bend”). This section of the Rio Grande is protected as a Wild and Scenic River and the spectacular limestone gorges through which the river flows are among the astonishing, varied natural features contained within the park’s boundaries. The vast Chihuahan Desert, extending northward from Mexico, dominates a considerable expanse of the park, but standing in stark contrast to the desert lowlands are the rugged, forested Chisos Mountains, whose peaks approach an elevation of 8,000′. Without a doubt, Big Bend offers some of the wildest and unspoiled land remaining in the “lower 48”. This is the setting for our Big Bend National Park Hiking Tour.
Our visit in the fall is typically wetter than in the spring so we are more likely to have enough water to run a rafting trip. It’s also a time that wildlife is preparing for winter. With an estimated 1,100 plant species, 450 species of birds and a wide range of other wildlife, including gray fox, Mexican Black Bear, mountain lion, and mule deer, Big Bend National Park will be alive with activity.
We’ve structured this hiking trip in a manner that will provide the varied experiences that are the essence of Big Bend National Park. We’ll hike the high country of the Chisos, explore the landscapes shaped by erosion of the Window, experience the Chihuahan Desert environment, and enjoy the breathtaking gorges carved by the Rio Grande. A boating journey on the Rio Grande within the park is another bonus feature of this program.
|Day 1||Burro Mesa Pour-off ( approx 500-foot elevation differential) overnight in Terlingua||4|
|Day 2||Mule Ears Peaks; Santa Elena Canyon;||9|
|Day 3||Lost Mine (1,100-foot elevation gain) overnight at Chisos Mountain Lodge||7|
|Day 4||The South Rim Loop: Pinnacles, Boot Canyon, Northeast/Southeast Rims, South Rim, Laguna Meadow (approx 2,000-ft elevation gain); overnight at Chisos Mountain Lodge||13|
|Day 5||Raft Trip (or canoe in low-water conditions)|
|Day 6||The Windows Trail. ( approx 500 ft elevation gain); return to Midland||4|