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Booking Information

Trip Dates


October 17-21, 2018

(2 spots sold, 10 spots remaining)


February 27 – March 3

(12 spots available)

March 27 – 31

(12 spots available)





Additional Information

Activities: Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Difficulty: 3  

Your Big Bend Hiking Adventure begins with an overnight stay in the historic ghost town of Terlingua, where pioneers and dreamers swap stories on one of the most famous front porches in all of Texas.  The next morning, you cross into Big Bend National Park.  Here, your days will be spent exploring the wild desert landscape with your guides.  You will hike to iconic points of interest, soak in hot springs, and have the opportunity to summit the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. You have the unique opportunity to cross the Rio Grande for lunch in a small Mexican town (bring your passport!) Big Bend National Park is far removed from anywhere, and its status as an internationally recognized Dark Sky Park is well deserved.  Each evening at camp, you get to relax with a Texas-style home cooked meal and share stories around the fire with your hiking companions.  Once the sun sets, the heavens steal the show!  One thing’s for sure – Big Bend will make a Big impact on you, and you’ll always dream of coming back to this unique place.


    • The name “Utah” comes from the Native American “Ute” tribe and means people of the mountains.
    • Utah peaks, on average, are the tallest in the country. The average elevation of the tallest peaks in each of Utah’s counties is 11,222 feet higher than the same average in any other state.
    • The Uinta mountain range, named after the Ute Indians who lived in the basin, is one of the only East-West axis mountains in North America.
    • Utah has seven national monuments
    • Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep. Utah is a great vacationland with 11,000 miles of fishing streams and 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs.
    • The biggest dinosaur footprints in the world are in Utah. The prints belonged to a hadrosaurid (duckbill). The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is one of the world’s foremost dinosaur fossil sources. Includes more than 30 complete skeletons, several thousand individual bones, intact dinosaur eggs, and tons of other remains.
    • The controversy surrounding the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell is often cited as the beginning of the modern-day environmental movement.
    • Kanab is called “Park Central” because it is located only minutes away from a grand array of three (3) national parks, three (3) national monuments, one (1) national recreation area and two (2) state parks. Two (2) national forests and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wilderness areas also surround Kanab. It is also known as Utah’s Little Hollywood because of the large number of motion pictures that are filmed in the area. .
    • Because of the state’s inland location Utah’s snow is unusually dry. Earning it the reputation of having the world’s greatest powder. 14 Alpine ski resorts operate in Utah.

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Day 1:  Meet your Backwoods Adventures hosts in Terlingua, TX between 3pm and 5pm. Get checked into your hotel and relax or explore the cool vibe of this ghost town. Meet the rest of the group for a welcome dinner and orientation at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town. (Meals Included: D)

Day 2:  After a quick breakfast at a local coffee shop, enjoy some sightseeing as we make our way into Big Bend National Park. We will stop at the Rangers Station for an educational presentation.  After we set up camp and have dinner, take a 2.5 mile hike to “The Window”, an iconic viewpoint within the park. Then, take a secret cut-off trail to a place where the sunset is in full view.  Hike back to camp by the light of the (almost) full moon.  (Meals Included: B, L, D)

Day 3:  Spend the day summiting Emory Peak, the highest point in Big Bend.  The 10.5 mile round-trip hike is non-technical, but moderately difficult and requires some scrambling near the summit.  From the top of Emory peak, enjoy a 360 degree view of the Park and gaze over the border into Mexico.  Then, you’ll hike back to camp for the evening.  Have dinner and relax at camp before turning in for the night.  (Meals Included: B, L, D)

Day 4:  Today, we’ll take a day trip to the Rio Grande. We’ll visit Langford Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the morning.  If weather and road conditions cooperate, we’ll take an afternoon hike to Ernst Tinaja, a water-eroded canyon filled with shallow pools that animals depend on in this desert landscape.  You’ll also have the option to cross the border into Mexico (with a valid passport). Dinner is at the lodge tonight  (Meals Included: B, L, D)  

Day 5: Wake up and break down camp, enjoy a farewell breakfast at the Chisos Mountain Lodge, then depart. (Meals Included: B)

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and wellbeing of the trip participants, and interests of the group.




Hiking shorts

Hiking Pants

T-shirts (avoid cotton)

Long sleeve shirts

Long underwear top and bottom

Fleece jacket or wool sweater

Fleece pants

Down or synthetic “puffy” jacket

Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants


Casual clothing for travel and around camp

Sleep Wear

Bathing Suit

Sun hat with brim

Ski hat



Hiking shoes/boots – supportive and already broken in

Shoes for around camp

Sandals for Shower and Hot Springs

Gaiters (optional)

Hiking socks (avoid cotton)

Sock liners (optional)

Camp socks


Day Pack (15-30L) with rain cover

Sleeping Bag (rated 0-20 degrees)

Sleeping Pad


Water bottles (2-3) and/or a Hydration reservoir (2-3 liters)

Bowl, cups, spoon and fork

Matches or lighter

Trekking poles

Small multi-tool or pocket knife

Headlamp or flashlight


Camera, film, tripod (optional)

Extra batteries for headlamp, camera, other electronics

Bandanas or Buff

Quick-Dry Towel

Binoculars (optional)


Current Passport (if you want to have lunch in Mexico)

Book notebook, journal, pencil or pen

Personal first-aid kit and medication

Trail snacks (optional, plenty of snacks will be provided)

Several Ziploc plastic bags for trash


Toilet paper


Toothbrush and toothpaste

Soap and/or shampoo

Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)

Hand sanitizer

Personal toiletry items

Sun block and lip balm

Trip FAQs

What's included?

  • 3 nights camping in Big Bend National Park
  • Hotel accommodations for one night in Terlingua, TX
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary, plus an assortment of trail snacks
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tents (3-person, 3-season Marmot tents)
  • Camp Kitchen/Group Cooking Gear
  • Guided Day-hikes and Activities
  • Permits and Guide fees

What's not included?

Transportation (Note: 4WD vehicle is required in some areas of Big Bend)

National Park Entrance Fee ($15/vehicle, good for one week)

Additional Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Alcoholic Beverages or other beverages that you may choose to bring

Personal Gear and Clothing



Welcome dinner at a restaurant in Terlingua.  At camp, your guides will prepare your meals for you.  We will also enjoy a couple of meals at the Chisos Mountain Lodge, which is near our campsite. Traditional trail snacks are provided, but you are welcome to bring some of your favorite snacks if you prefer. We know that well-fed hikers are happy hikers and we aim to please! Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated with at least 30 days advance notice.


We stay at a historic hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town the first night. The next 3 nights will be spent sleeping under the stars in roomy, 3-person tents (provided).


Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while in Big Bend are strenuous. They should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.