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Big Bend National Park

Race Date
November 3, 2021
Southwest Texas
number of days
6 days/5 nts
Starting price
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Big Bend National Park

What's Included:
  • 5 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts & lunches & 3 dinners
  • 4 guide-led Hikes
  • All day river trip
  • Tips for local guides
  • All ground transportation & gas
  • National park entry fee
  • Two F4A guides

Not included: Flights, 2 dinners and tips for F4A guides

The landscape in Big Bend is unexpected. More often than not, we hear "Is this really Texas?". You have to be a bit bristly and rough around the edges to live there. And that's why we go ... not only to hike and eat Mexican food ... but to get a glimpse of the wild west. Forget about 5 star hotels, pillow top beds and even cell phone service. We are stepping back in time before luxury was ever a word. It's an experience like none other and one not to be missed.


          #1: November 3-8, 2021

          #2: November 9-14, 2021


$1,449 (per person, double occupancy)


A $200 deposit is required to reserve your spot.


The remaining balance will be due September 15, 2021


Your deposit becomes non-refundable August 15, 2021. The final payment is non-refundable. Travel insurance is advised. You may consider purchasing insurance from World Nomads (F4A will receive a small commission for any purchase made through this link. Thank you.)


All flights to be booked through the Midland, Texas airport

Please find arrival flights of 10:00/10:30AM and a 4:30/5:00PM departure flight

LODGING - The Perry Mansion

It took a over a century, but your room is ready!

Since 1906, the Perry Mansion has proudly overlooked the Chisos Mining Company (now the Terlingua Ghost Town). Unfortunately, bankruptcy and a hundred years of decay overwhelmed Mr. Perry's dream house -- until now.

A three year restoration has renewed the dream and now it's available to us! Enjoy desert living at the top of the world.

The Great Room
The Great Room Terrace
The Kitchen

Here's a look at each individual room. All decorated with antiques and art from the era when it was built. We've booked the entire building with 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, The Great Room and a Kitchen for our use.

Elsenhans Suite - King bed - Ground floor
Elsenhans Bath
Elsenhans Bath
LaFonda Suite - 2 Queen Beds - Ground Floor

LaFonda Bath

The Green Room - King Bed - Ground Floor
The Green Room Bath

The Downstairs Western Wing (separated a bit from the main building) - King Bed

The Downstairs Western Wing (another view)

The Downstairs Western Wing Bath
The Western Wing Upstairs - 2 queen beds
The Upstairs Western Wing Bath

Mrs. Perry's Room - King Bed - Top Floor
Mrs. Perry's Bath
Mrs. Perry's Bath (another view)

Mr. Perry's Suite - 2 queen beds - Ground floor -- opens to the Great Room
Mr. Perry Bathroom

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BIG BEND -- A Southwest Texas Adventure!

Day 1

Travel Day. There are a couple of options:

          - Fly to Midland and we'll pick you up at the airport.

          - Drive yourself to Terlingua (it'll take about 9 hours from Dallas)

Lodging for the trip is the Perry Mansion. We have the entire place, 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, booked for this Texas adventure.

Dinner tonight will be home-cooked, at the Mansion. Weather permitting, we'll dine outside under stars.

Day 2

After breakfast, we head out to do the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. We'll take you to our favorite spots ... Tuff Canyon, Mule Ear Viewpoint and Sotol Vista.

The thirty-mile Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive leads to the Castolon Historic District and Santa Elena Canyon. Along the way the road showcases some of the historic and geologic features this region is famous for.

Not to worry, we will get our steps in today too ... we will hike Mule Ear trail (4 miles) and Santa Elena Canyon trail (1.6 miles).

Tuff Canyon
Mule Ears Peaks
Sotol Vista Overlook

Tonight we'll check out the High Sierra Bar & Grill for dinner, and if the weather is good, sit out on the patio for a sunset view.   Everyone pays for their own tonight.

Day 3

Today we head out to Big Bend National Park and the Chisos Mountains!

After breakfast, we'll pack lunches and set out to hike two of the top ten, must-see trails in the park.  

Lost Mine Trail

This moderate mountain hike covers 4.8 miles round trip, beginning on the Basin Road and moving toward the breathtaking vistas of Juniper Canyon and Casa Grande just one mile in. A fairly steep climb encounters swaths of forest and leads to a ridge overlooking Pine Canyon and Mexico’s Sierra del Carmen.

 Window View Trail

This is a paved, half-mile loop, sporting fantastic views of 'The Window' and the surrounding Chisos Mountains.

Either before, between or after the hikes, we'll swing by the Panther Junction Visitor Center and watch their park movie.

Tonight we'll scoot into the historic ghost town of Terlingua for dinner at the famous Starlight Theater.  We will buy dinner tonight.

Day 4

Today will be exciting as we hike Boquillas Canyon trail then cross over into Mexico to have lunch. It'll be a true cultural experience!

Boquillas Canyon Trail -- 1.8 miles

Boquillas Canyon is one of two famous gorges of the Rio Grande where the river suddenly cuts into steep limestone walls where a large mesa rises from the desert landscape with dramatic geology that is almost unbelievable. The canyon is located half in the United States and half in Mexico, with the middle of the river marking the international boundary. Unique to Boquillas Canyon though is easy access to the river banks on both sides. Merchants from Mexico cross the river on most days and sell handmade souvenirs along the trail or sing songs for passing hikers. This makes the Big Boquillas hike an interesting cultural experience as well.

You will get nice views into Mexico across the river from a high bluff that the trail climbs over. On top you can also find evidence of ancient inhabitants who lived here. They left holes in the limestone underfoot that may have been used for grinding flour. The trail then descends the other side of the bluff and enters the mouth of the canyon, where there are sandy dunes, soggy wetlands, and shady groves, all beneath the towering stone walls.

We'll then drive to the Port of Entry and cross on ferry to Boquillas, Mexico, then walk 1 mile into town. Lunch will be at Joe Falcon's restaurant (Yelp gives it 5 stars). After lunch there will be time to explore the  town and shop a bit.

Next stop, the historic Boquillas Hot Springs.

They are the most famous of geothermal hot springs along the big bend of the Rio Grande River. The springs were originally built into a bathhouse by J.O. Langford in the 1900s and while only remnants of the building remain it's still a perfect place to soak after a day of hiking in Big Bend National Park.

Final dinner of the trip will be at Chili Pepper Cafe.  Everyone pays their own here.

Day 5

Full Day River Trip (includes snacks and lunch)

The first part of this trip meanders through scenic low mountains, bluffs and washes before entering the dramatic cleft in the limestone mesa that is Santa Elena Canyon. The trip descends into the depths of its 1500-ft canyon walls and the notorious Rockslide Rapid. After 8 miles of awe-inspiring canyon, the trip emerges into the open with a dramatic view of the Chisos Mountains as the trip winds towards the take-out near Castolon.

Day 6

Travel Day. We'll have breakfast and head back to Midland for airport departures.

This is our first trip to this destination. We’ll let you know once the reviews are in!
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