Big Bend National Park 2018
June 20-26, 2018
$1,399 from Baton Rouge
Escorted by Wayne Barnes
$50 Deposit Required
Final Payment due May 1
Itinerary & Registration
One of our most outstanding national treasures...
Big Bend National Park is one of our nation's most outstanding national treasures, a geological showplace that encompasses eight hundred thousand acres of rugged beauty – the Chihuahuan Desert Wilderness. The surprisingly varied vista are superb.
The area is rich with wildflowers, plants and animal life. The roadrunner “beep –beep” is only one of the 450 species of birds. It is called “Big Bend” because the Rio Grande River curves and cuts its way through the age old limestone walls, forming a mighty bend in the river.
In the midst of all this wilderness lies the Chisos Mountains, the only mountain range contained in a national park. The park’s lowest point is 1,850 feet and the highest is Emory Peak at 7,825 feet. The remoteness and beauty of the Big Bend area has always attracted artists, poets and musicians and many have settled in the area.
Day 1, Wed., June 20 – San Antonio – Our Big Bend adventures begin as we head west in our motor coach along I-10 to San Antonio. Time to visit the Alamo and Riverwalk.
Day 2, Thurs., June 21 – Alpine, TX– Journey to Uvalde for a rest stop and brief sightseeing. On through Del Rio to Landry, where we visit the house of Judge Roy Bean, once known as the “Law West of the Pecos”. On through Marathon to Alpine, TX.
Day 3, Fri., June 22 – Big Bend National Park – Today we explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States & experience unmatched sights, sounds and solitude. This huge park is the size of the state of Rhode Island. Spend time in beautiful Santa Elena Canyon. Overnight in spectacular Chisos Basin at the Chisos Mountain Lodge.
Day 4, Sat., June 23 – Fort Davis, TX – Morning visit to former mercury mining area of Terlingua, now noted for the world’s largest chili cook-off. We visit picture-book Lajitas, a “real west” town which resembles a movie set. We visit the interesting Barton Warnock Environmental Center, which presents an archaeological, historical and natural profile of the Big Bend region and has an attractive desert garden. Our drive to the remote little town of Presidio is one of the prettiest in the country as El Camino del Rio (River Road) follows along the Rio Grande. Then to Marfa, where the epic movie “Giant” was filmed. We will visit the famous Paisono Hotel, temporary home for Rock Hudson, Liz Taylor and James Dean. Home for the next two nights is mile-high Fort Davis.
Day 5, Sun., June 24 – Fort Davis – Morning drive in area. This afternoon we visit Fort Davis National Historic Site, one of the best remaining examples in the southwest of an Indian War’s frontier military post. Then visit McDonald Observatory, with a 432 inch telescope, one of the largest in the world.
Day 6, Mon., June 25 – Kerrville – Head home along I-10 to Texas Hill Country. Visit the Y.O. Ranch, a 40,000 acre working ranch with the country’s largest collection of exotic wild animals.
Day 7, Tues, June 26 – Journey home today.
SUPPLEMENTS & REDUCTIONS
Single Supplement: $390
Triple Reduction: $75/person
Quad Reduction: $110/person
- Price is per person, double occupancy and includes all transportation from Baton Rouge
- Breakfast daily
- Full sightseeing
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and tips including tips for guides, escort and driver
- Tips for personal services such as maid service, meals on your own are not included