Discover wild and beautiful Big Bend National Park on this guided hiking and camping adventure. Spend your days exploring the wild desert landscape, hiking to iconic points of interest, soaking in hot springs, and have the opportunity to summit the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. Interested in this trip? Call us at 888-849-6637 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot!


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Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Big Bend National Park

Meet your Backwoods Adventures guides in Ft. Worth or Midland if you will be riding with us, or Terlingua (for those who are driving yourselves). You’ll then head down to Terlingua, get checked into your hotel/tipi and relax or explore the cool vibe of this ghost town on a short walking tour with your guides. Dinner will follow at the ghost town’s best restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Explore the park's West side

After a quick breakfast at a local coffee shop, enjoy some sightseeing as we make our way into Big Bend National Park and down to awe-inspiring Santa Elena Canyon for a short hike. We’ll stop at the site of a former cavalry outpost and local trading post for a picnic-style lunch before our longer afternoon hike to a secret waterfall and hidden riparian area at the base of the Chisos Mountains. We’ll then take one of Texas’ most beautiful drives leaving the desert scrub behind as climb up into the basin of the Chisos Mountains to our campsite. Dinner in camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - The South Rim

Following a hearty breakfast in camp, we’ll spend the day exploring the high country of Big Bend’s Chisos Mountains hiking what many consider to be the best hike in Texas, the South Rim. From the South Rim you’ll see the entire south end of the park thousands of feet below, the southern border along the Rio Grande, and beyond into the Sierra del Carmen Mountains of Mexico. After a long day of hiking, we’ll enjoy dinner at the Chisos Mountain Lodge Restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Hot Springs, Canoeing, Mexico

After a quick breakfast, we’ll take a trip back to the Rio Grande starting at the former site of Langford Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the 105 degree waters. After limbering up from the previous day’s hike, we’ll ferry across the river to meet our Mexican guides for a 2-hour canoe trip on the Rio Grande. We’ll then visit the quaint Mexican border town of Boquillas del Carmen for lunch at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo as the Mexicans call it. After a short tour of the town, we’ll cross back into Texas and drive back to our campsite. Choose to spend the late afternoon/evening enjoying the view of The Window from our campsite or join your guide on an optional last hike down to The Window pour off. Dinner in camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Break Camp & Departure

Wake up and break down camp, enjoy a farewell breakfast at the Chisos Mountain Lodge, then depart. For those requiring transport back to Midland or Ft. Worth, we will make the return trip thru the Big Bend ranching gateway town of Marathon with a stop for lunch in Fort Stockton.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (optional)



Trip Details


Terlingua, Tx, or Ft. Worth, TX


Terlingua, Tx, or Ft. Worth, TX


5 Days

Fitness Level


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 the “must hike” trails in the park as well as some secret ones, visit pioneer homesteads, soak in hot springs, and stand on the South Rim enjoying what many hikers consider to be the best view in Texas. You will have the unique opportunity to canoe the Rio Grande, visit sites once inhabited by early primitive peoples, and have 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.

What's Included
  • 3 nights camping in Big Bend National Park
  • Hotel (or tipi) accommodations for one night in Terlingua, TX
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tents (3-person, 3-season Marmot tents) available upon request.
  • Transportation (available to/from Midland, TX, or you may meet us in Alpine, TX)
  • Guided Day-hikes and Activities
  • Permits and Guide fees
What's Not Included
  • Transportation to the park and within the park (pickups available to/from Ft. Worth, or Midland, TX for an additional $200)
  • National Park Entrance Fee for those who choose to drive their own vehicles ($30/vehicle, good for one week)Note: 4WD vehicle is required in some areas of Big Bend.
  • Additional Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages or other beverages that you may choose to bring
  • Personal Gear and Clothing
  • Gratuities


Additional Information


We will have our welcome dinner at a restaurant in Terlingua. At camp, your guides will prepare your meals for you (we don’t skimp here—this is a big benefit of having a base camp). 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 in eclectic tipis and structures at Terlingua Ghost Town’s newest camp the first night. The next 3 nights will be spent sleeping under the stars in roomy, 3-person tents (provided upon request).


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.

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.



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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