Off The Beaten Path : Group Guided Journey : Highlights

Chisos Mountains, Chihuahuan Desert


2014 DEPARTURES

4/13-4/19, 4/20-4/26, 9/21-9/27, 9/28-10/4

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Trip Length 7 days/6 nights
Group Size 4-16
Arrive/Depart El Paso, Texas
Price From $2,695 to $3,095
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Territories Desert Southwest Big Secret Big Bend : Journey Highlights





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, exploring the dramatic limestone formations of Boquillas and Santa Elena canyons, 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.

  • Island mountains: Birds flock to the forested Chisos Mountains, the southernmost mountains in the U.S.
  • Desert nature: The Chihuahuan Desert is strikingly diverse. You might see black bears, javelina, roadrunners, collared lizards, golden eagles, and more.
  • Buffalo Soldiers: Visit the restored cavalry post where the African-American “Buffalo Soldiers” were stationed after the Civil War.
  • Bird-watching: The April departure coincides with spring bird migration—a “river of birds” which includes neotropical migrants.
  • Big Bend is a true off-the-beaten path destination—and truly worth the effort, especially if you’re a bird enthusiast or star gazer. Barbara Mall, Travel Advisor