Serendipity has always been kind to me, and I believe that cultivating the ability to trust serendipity – to follow its compass — is one of the essential travel arts. A journey I took a few years ago to Easter Island provided the perfect example of the gifts that serendipity can sometimes bestow. That journey […]
One of the least visited and most pristine wilderness areas in North America, Big Bend National Park encompasses three very different environments: the Chihuahuan Desert, Chisos Mountains, and snaking Rio Grande river canyons. Dig deeply on this adventure into the region’s cultural and natural history with your naturalist guide, hiking sandy washes, dramatic limestone formations, walking cottonwood-lined riverbanks, hiking mountain trails, watching for painted buntings and vermillion flycatchers, and listening for the distant howl of coyotes. Come with us to explore this off-the-beaten-path treasure of the U.S. National Park system.
Fly into El Paso, then meet the group and drive to Fort Davis, an opportunity to take in West Texas ranch country, visit the McDonald Observatory, and get to know each other at a welcome dinner at our small inn. Next morning, we acquaint ourselves to this desert environment with a visit to the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, with walks on interpretive trails through the botanical gardens.
Then, we’re off to Big Bend, stopping at the Museum of Big Bend and the Panther Junction Visitor Center before arriving at Chisos Mountains Lodge, where we settle in for four nights. From our base in the heart of the park, we get to know Big Bend, spending time with park rangers, hiking along trails, stopping at overlooks, and visiting Boquillas Canyon, Dugout Wells, Chisos Basin, Santa Elena Canyon, Cattail Falls, and more.
Our last night is spent in the funky town of Marfa, where we celebrate the week with a farewell dinner at our historic hotel.