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INCOMPARABLE SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS ON THE LAST FRONTIER (South!)
 
 

Why Big Bend?

    Why a place so far removed from our established haunts? Well, it’s an area without equal in the Lower 48, with surprising parallels with Alaska in remoteness, severity, uniqueness and beauty. Our base is Terlingua, with the 800,000 acre National Park 4 miles to the east, and the 300,000 acre Big Bend Ranch State Park to the west. The National Park ranges from the valley of the Rio Grande, encompassing almost 200 miles of Wild and Scenic river, to the nearly 8000 foot Chisos Mountains, with massive canyons, vast desert expanses and forested mountains in between. The lack of population and development, means that it is in fact, the darkest night sky region in the contiguous states. Beyond the obvious wilderness aspects, there are thoroughly singular cultural ones, from the border influences of Mexico, to vestiges of the historic struggles of an expanding nation, to the unique ilk that have chosen the region for soulful reasons. In short, it’s an area of tremendous diversity and possibility of exploration, but it is also one that isn’t necessarily of universal appeal. Like Alaska, it's a long way from anywhere, and you just might have to come see for yourself why anyone might choose such a .  .  .

Area attractions are incredibly numerous and include:

  exquisite hiking      canoeing/rafting  ▪  ghost towns   ▪   museums & galleries  ▪  hot springs  ▪  historical towns & forts  ▪  mining & ranching ruins  ▪  McDonald Observatory  ▪  Mexico  ▪  an atmosphere all its own

ADVENTURE ALASKA    vs.   ADVENTURE BIG BEND --How Different?

    First off, the scope. Pooling mainly from our past northern guests, this is a much smaller operation, with a few trips in the months of October and November consisting of two to six persons, guided primarily by ourselves (–the Barb and Todd show!). "Itineraries" consist of a number of activities/destinations, chosen from an a la carte selection of interests, discussed and decided in advance. Guests make their way to the area, where we base from our “compound” in Terlingua.

   
Day trip options from here are quite varied, with some overnights elsewhere advisable to “lessen the hasten” and gain a wider appreciation. Being feet-based sorts, some level of hiking should be a significant component of most folk’s trips, be it leisurely strolls or mountain hikes, with star-filled overnight camps always an option. Interspersed with whatever emphasis desired, would be day jaunts and/or overnights by vehicle to various attractions. These day destinations and activities, as well as two and three night “mini itineraries” are detailed on the various links by location, to help narrow your choices. Thus your trip is customizable, but ultimately a predictable itinerary from which we all would work.

    As always, any itineraries are all-inclusive of meals, lodging, equipment, guiding and transportation.


HIKES & DAY TRIPS


BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK

          Day 1 - Cerro Castolon/St. Elena Canyon
          Day 2 - Rio Grande/Hot Springs/Boquillas
          Day 3 - Chisos Mountain Basin

BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK

AREA HIKES (just out the door!)

                Humate Hills

                Long Draw Canyon



CULTURAL EXCURSIONS

2- Day  DESERT MOUNTAIN LOOP
     Marathon-Alpine-Fort Davis: museums, fort, Desert Institute

3-Day  Mountain Loop Extended
     As above-Marfa-Presidio: Marfa Lights, River Road, old fort

2-Day TWO COUNTRY RIVER TRAIL
     Presidio-Chinati Hot Spgs-Ojinaga, Mex: River Rd., hot spg,

2-Day  CAVALRY, SUMMITS, STARS
     Alpine-Fort Davis-McDonald Obs: museum, fort, stars

3-Day HILLS, HISTORY & ANCIENT WATER 
     Marfa-Fort Davis-Balmorhea-Alpine-Marathon: River Rd,
       ghost town, Marfa Lights, historic fort, natural spg pool, museums

1-Day  A BORDER, BOTH SIDES NOW
     Presidio-Ojinaga,M: River Road, slot canyon, old fort, Mexico

     
Note: Bold type destination indicate overnight location

   

 
 

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