Big Secret, Big Bend National Park

Tucked like a secret into a sweeping bend of the Rio Grande is Big Bend National Park, a hiker’s paradise, birder’s mecca, stargazer’s heaven, and explorer’s jackpot.

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Schedule Highlights

  • Day 1: Drive to the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis.
  • Day 2: Visit the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and enter the hauntingly beautiful topography of Big Bend National Park.
  • Day 3: Hike amid the huge cottonwood trees lining the Rio Grande River. Explore Boquillas Canyon.
  • Day 4: In the Chisos Basin, watch for Big Bend geckos, bobcats, coyotes, javelinas, mountain lions, mule deer and Texas horned lizards.
  • Day 5: Hike to a waterfall along the massive walls of Santa Elena Canyon.
  • Day 6: Drive to Van Horne, exploring fascinating canyons and plateaus along the way.
  • Day 7: Get acquainted with Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Depart from El Paso.

Departure Dates:

March 24-30, 2017

April 29-May 5, 2017

October 28-November 3, 2017

To reserve space on any departure please contact our travel partner Off the Beaten Path at 800-445-2995 or

Our tours feature tiered pricing, with a range of prices for each trip, with the price increasing as the departure fills to allow us to confirm departures as soon as possible.

Most tours run with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 16 participants maintaining an 8 participant to 1 guide ratio.

NPCA Travel: 800-628-7275 or

Check out NPCA’s full tour lineup at

  • Cost:
    From $2,995 per person double occupancy; $715 single supplement
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