Discover the culture and natural beauty of West Texas in an adventure you won't forget. Join Backwoods on an exploration of Big Bend and the surrounding towns and enjoy incredible dining, unique culture this remote area of the US has to offer. Interested in this trip? Call us at 888-849-6637 or email adventures@backwoods.com to reserve your spot!

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Adventure Itinerary

 
Day 1 - Travel Across Texas

Meet your guides and fellow travelers at Backwoods store in Fort Worth where we’ll load into comfortable travel vans and begin our journey. It is a long drive to the Big Bend Region and there will still be a good amount of driving to be done each day between towns and points of interest, but that is all part of the experience. You will eat well on this trip and we’ll break up the drive with a stop at a top local BBQ joint in Midland. Don’t overdo it though as we will do the requisite short hike to the desk atop Hancock Hill upon arriving in Alpine and before checking into the historic Holland Hotel. Dinner will be a short walk away at the original Reata restaurant which made fine West Texas cowboy cuisine famous.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 2 - Fort Davis to the McDonald Observatory

After breakfast, we’ll head over to Sul Ross University for a visit to the Museum of the Big Bend to get a better understanding of the history that shaped the unique culture that we will be immersed in over the next several days. A relatively short drive down the road we’ll then visit downtown Fort Davis, stop at the local deli for lunch, and begin our afternoon hike at the Fort Davis Historical Site, one of the best remaining examples of a frontier military post. After a short tour, we’ll hike the Old CCC trail that connects the site to the adjacent Fort Davis State Park and its wonderful Indian Lodge Hotel (also built by the CCC) which we will call home for the night.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy an early dinner back in town at the historic hotel Limpia’s Blue Mountain Bar & Grill, before driving the highest paved highway in Texas up to almost 7000 ft. arriving at the McDonald Observatory for a Star Party, the ultimate viewing experience of one of the darkest night skies in the country.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 3 - Davis Mountains and Marfa Lights

Following breakfast at the Indian Lodge’s Black Bear Restaurant, we’ll depart Fort Davis and head for Marfa via the Davis Mountains Scenic Loop, one of the top drives’s in the state, and really get a feel for the expansive sky island these mountains create. Along the route we’ll stop for a hike Nature Conservancy’s Madera Canyon Trail to enjoy the pine scented air and mountain scenery. Once in Marfa, we’ll grab some lunch before heading to the Chinati Foundation for a walking tour of some of the permanent outdoor minimalist art installations which helped put Marfa on the map for modern art aficionados.

We’ll then check into historic Hotel Paisano, where the cast stayed while filming the movie Giant in 1955, and enjoy an amazing meal at the hotel’s Jett’s Grill. After dinner, we’ll head over to the Marfa Lights viewing area and then back into town to sample the local nightlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 4 - Take the River Road to Big Bend

For breakfast we’ll dine at Marfa’s newest luxury hotel, St. George, before heading south for the border for our drive thru Big Bend Ranch State Park along the River Road, voted one of the top 10 most scenic drives in the country. Along the way we’ll visit a mining ghost town, an 1800’s trading post and hike a slot canyon all before lunch at the famed Lajitas Resort. After lunch we’ll head into Big Bend National Park for a hike leading to one of the most photographed features found in the park, Balanced Rock.

After checking into our luxury camping accommodations for the next two nights in Terlinga, we’ll tour the ghost town before dinner at the famous Starlight Theater.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 5 - Big Bend Hiking and Sierra del Carmen Mountains of Mexico

Today we’ll take a drive thru the geological wonder that is Big Bend National Park down the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to Santa Elena Canyon for a short hike. We’ll then have lunch up in the park’s high country at the Chisos Mountain Lodge, enjoying the best view available from any restaurant in the entire state. After lunch, we we’ll hike the popular Lost Mine Trail with views across the desert floor and into the Sierra del Carmen Mountains of Mexico. Dinner will be back in Terlingua at the infamous La Kiva Restaurant and Bar and we’ll reflect on the day by fireside back at camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 6 - Hot Springs, Ferry & Burro Rides, and on to Marathon

Breakfast will be on the run today as we get an early start back into the park to enjoy an early morning drive across the desert back down to the river and the Hot Springs Historic District. Getting there early will help us beat the crowds to this one-of-a-kind experience, soaking in a spring-fed infinity edge hot tub formed from the ruins of an early 1900’s hot springs bath house right on the Rio Grande. For lunch, we’ll head across the river at likely the most unique port of entry along the entire US/Mexico border to the old mining town of Boquillas del Carmen. After the ferry ride across the river, we’ll hire burros and ride into this tiny, isolated Mexican town and the beloved Jose Falcon’s restaurant for some authentic Mexican food. We’ll take a short tour of the town before crossing back into the US and departing for Marathon.

In Marathon, we’ll spend our last night at and have dinner at what many call the best hotel in Texas, the Gage, which happens also to be the home of what many feel to be the best hotel bar in Texas, the White Buffalo Bar. Who would have thought such a place would exist in a town of only 400 people and what a way to end our stay in Big Bend.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 7 - The Return Trip

Quick breakfast in Marathon, lunch on the road, and back in Fort Worth around nightfall.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 
 
 

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Trip Details

 
Start

Fort Worth, TX

Finish

Fort Worth, TX

Duration

7 Days

Fitness Level

Activities
Backpacking
Hiking
Cultural Touring
Sightseeing

Discover the remarkable Big Bend Region of West Texas in a way few have ever experienced. Sprawling, harsh, unforgiving, beautiful, isolated and all of the people who have called this place home have contributed to the evolution of a unique culture that one can only understand by spending time there. Most people pass thru one, maybe two of the gateway cities on their way to Big Bend National Park to do some hiking, but in doing so, they really miss out on the unique, and often surprisingly refined and quirky, cultural, dining, and hospitality experiences to be had in each of the surrounding communities. This is the trip for those who want to have their cake, take hike to work it off, and sleep in the best and most unique accommodations each night.

 
What's Included
  • Transportation in spacious vans to & from Ft. Worth, TX
  • All accommodations day 1-day 7
  • All meals from lunch day 1-lunch on day 7
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned on the itinerary
What's Not Included
  • Additional meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages or other beverages that you may choose to bring
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Gratuities
  • Trip insurance
  • Travel arrangements to and from Ft. Worth
 

Additional Information

Meals

All meals are included from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7. We do not skimp on meals, and the quality of food on this trip is considered to cater to the finest of palettes. Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated with at least 30 days advance notice.

Accommodations

We stay at the finest hotels available in each of the cities we visit. Nights 4 & 5 just outside of the national park will be in fully furnished luxury teepees and tents complete with electricity, Wi-Fi, beds, coffee makers, and with nearby shared bathrooms and showers. Trip pricing is quoted in terms of double occupancy. Single accommodations may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please inquire upon registration.

Health

Some of the hikes on this itinerary are strenuous and all trails are very rocky. These hikes 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.

Travel Arrangements

Please be in the parking lot of the Ft. Worth store by 7am on day 1. Should you be traveling from outside of Texas, we recommend arriving the night before. If this is the case, we can pick you up from the airport and set you up with a hotel near the store for an additional fee (approx. $175). We will return to Ft. Worth in the early evening on day 7.

Single Supplement

The single supplement for the tour is $600. If you do not have a roommate but wish to share, we will try to pair you with a roommate from the tour; but if none is available, you will be billed for the single supplement. Our tour fees are based on double occupancy; one-half the cost of a double room is priced into the tour fee. The single supplement is calculated by taking the actual cost of a single room and subtracting one-half the cost of a double room (plus any applicable taxes)

Single Supplement

All prices are calculated for double-occupancy. To ensure your comfort, we will always match you with a roommate of the same sex – and if we're unable to match you with a roommate, you may end up with your own room free of charge. If sharing is not your idea of fun, you can request a single supplement for a small upcharge when you pay your final amount. You will be able to make this election on your trip registration.

 
 
 

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Meet Your Guides

 
 
Tim Martin
 
Tim Martin

Tim Martin manages Backwoods Fort Worth, where he's held the position of General Manager for the past 19 years. These days Tim outfits customers and leads adventures, relying on his expertise in fly fishing & hiking, especially focusing on general West Texas knowledge. (You won't find a better guide if you're going to Big Bend, the Guadalupe mountains, or anywhere between Fort Worth and El Paso.)

 
Tristen Rodriguez
 
Tristen Rodriguez

Tristen Rodriguez manages Backwoods Paddlesports in Fort Worth. From April to October, you can find Tristen loading kayaks, canoes and paddlobards on the Trinity River just outside of downtown. As a Fort Worth native and outdoors enthusiast, Tristen feels right at home working at Backwoods Paddlesports. During colder weather, Tristen works at Backwoods Fort Worth and hosts regional adventures like our Big Bend Hiking adventure. Tristen enjoys kayaking, bass fishing, and bouldering in his spare time.

 
 
 

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Travel Insurance

Backwoods recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, contact Travelex Insurance Services.

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Travel Insurance is underwritten by

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company
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