Few visitors realize just how immense Big Bend National Park is. It takes over an hour just to drive from one side of the park to the other, and that's without stops, on the paved road! Taking a tour means no driving for you—and we can make sure you get the most out of your time.
On our tour, your party will be the only ones in our 4 WD Ford Excursion. With a knowledgeable guide, you'll be able to see where the bodies are buried, and learn just how the forces of nature have carved out the park over millions of years. We will lead you to hidden vistas, and share our knowledge of the flora and fauna.
Santa Elena Loop Tour:
Our most popular tour, particularly with first time visitors. A great overall introduction to the geology and the history of the park, along with an up-close look of the plants of the Big Bend. There is an optional hike into one of the most stunning sights of Big Bend: Santa Elena Canyon. Five hours, $350, plus tax. Picnic lunch included.
Do you only have one day to see the Park? Or, are you driving a vehicle that that can’t be taken up the Basin Road? You can extend the Santa Elena Loop Tour, and make it a seven hour Highlights of Big Bend tour to include the Chisos Mountains.
the “sky island”, with its unique trees and wildlife. With a little planning, you can even arrange to be there at dinner time with a spectacular view. $80 add on, tax/dinner charge not included.
Glenn Springs Road Loop
If you yearn to get out on the rough roads, to experience the primitive back country, we can help you get there! This road follows an ancient route to springs used for centuries, and showcases some of the most fantastic geological formations in the park. A fantastic opportunity for photographers, especially in the morning light!
History buffs will want to hear the story of what happened that night in 1916 that lead to the death of two soldiers and a young boy, and ushered in the occupation of thousands of soldiers in the Big Bend.
Five hour tour, $350 plus tax. Includes picnic lunch.
(Add on to Glenn Springs Tour, total of eight hours $595) Far in the back of the park, where few people go, is an abandoned cinnabar mine.
You'll be able to hike up to the remains of the buildings and the barred entrances to the mine shafts.
Ernst Tinaja Tour
To get to one of the most unique features of the park, this 'tinaja' – a depression in rock pounded by years of seasonal water, and pronounced tin-a-ha, is bit of a drive down a gravel road and a mile hike, round trip. The first part of the trail is an uneven sandy wash, while at the end there is a climb over limestone; good balance is highly recommended. Beautiful limestone and warm sandstone make incredible formations all around you in this gem of the desert. Five hour tour, $350 plus tax; includes a picnic lunch.
Balanced Rock Hike
Seven miles down a rough gravel road takes us to the trail head for the Balanced Rock trail head. The first ¾ mile hike is fairly easy-- but the last quarter mile is a challenge. Weak knees, balance issues, or extreme fear of heights might not be a good fit for this hike, although the guide is always ready to help if you are willing!
This is a low desert hike, and may not be advised in summertime. Four hours, $200, lunch not included (may be ordered extra).