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. 

ADVENTURE #: itemMatrix-5264

Reserve your spot with a $100.00 deposit



START: Terlingua, Tx, or Midland, TX (MAF) for those flying
FINISH: Terlingua, Tx, or Midland, TX (MAF) for those flying
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 accommodations for one night in Terlingua, TX
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary, plus an assortment of trail snacks
  • 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
  • National Park Entrance Fee for those who choose to drive their own vehicles ($25/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 hosts in Terlingua, TX between 3pm and 5pm. Get checked into your hotel and relax or explore the cool vibe of this ghost town. Meet the rest of the group for a welcome dinner and orientation at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town. (Meals Included: D)
Day 2 - Hike to "The Window"
After a quick breakfast at a local coffee shop, enjoy some sightseeing as we make our way into Big Bend National Park. We will stop at the Rangers Station for an educational presentation. After we set up camp and have dinner, take a 2.5 mile hike to “The Window”, an iconic viewpoint within the park. Then, take a secret cut-off trail to a place where the sunset is in full view. Hike back to camp by the light of the (almost) full moon. (Meals Included: B, L, D)
Day 3 - Emory Peak Hike
Spend the day summiting Emory Peak, the highest point in Big Bend. The 10.5 mile round-trip hike is non-technical, but moderately difficult and requires some scrambling near the summit. From the top of Emory peak, enjoy a 360 degree view of the Park and gaze over the border into Mexico. Then, you’ll hike back to camp for the evening. Have dinner and relax at camp before turning in for the night. (Meals Included: B, L, D)
Day 4 - Rio Grande & Ernst Tinaja
Today, we’ll take a day trip to the Rio Grande. We’ll visit Langford Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the morning. If weather and road conditions cooperate, we’ll take an afternoon hike to Ernst Tinaja, a water-eroded canyon filled with shallow pools that animals depend on in this desert landscape. You’ll also have the option to cross the border into Mexico (with a valid passport). Dinner is at the lodge tonight (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. (Meals Included: B)

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.



Welcome dinner at a restaurant in Terlingua. At camp, your guides will prepare your meals for you. 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 at a historic hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town the first night. The next 3 nights will be spent sleeping under the stars in roomy, 3-person tents (provided).


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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