Big Bend Hiking & Camping Adventure

Big Bend Hiking & Camping Adventure

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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 to reserve your spot!

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Reserve your spot with a $100.00 deposit



START: Terlingua, Tx, or Ft. Worth, TX (DFW) for those who request transportation
FINISH: Terlingua, Tx, or Ft. Worth, TX (DFW) for those who request transportation
Budget Friendly Outdoor Accommodations High Fitness Level Couples Family Friendly

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


Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Hot Springs, Swimming


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: L, D)
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: B, L, D)
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: B, L, D)
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: B, L, D)
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: B, L (optional))

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on permit availability, weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and well-being of the trip participants, and interests of the group.



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.

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