8:30 am – Meet our Guests
Meet guests at Lajitas Golf Resort. Take TX 170 east to Study Butte, then right 3 miles on TX 118 and enter Big Bend National Park
9:30 am – Chisos Mountains Basin
The Chisos Mountains Basin is in the cool mountain highlands of Big Bend National Park. There is a lodge with 72 rooms, restaurant, and convenience store. The Basin is the jumping-off point for a variety of wilderness trails. We will walk 1.5 miles round trip to a breathtaking overlook on the Lost Mine Trail.
11:00 am – Paleontology Exhibit
This open-air museum guides visitors through millions of years of geology, with displays and sculptures depicting habitats of these remote times, and the creatures who once inhabited them.
12:00 pm – Lunch at Dugout Wells
This shaded lunch spot feature a running spring and an old windmill. We often see a variety of colorful birds attracted to the perennial spring waters
1:30 pm – Ernest Tinaja
Tinaja is Spanish for “small basin”. In Big Bend, where there are many hard rock dry creek beds, thousands of years of periodic flash floods have carved natural basins, some of which hold water year round. Ernst Tinaja was named for a turn-of-the-20th century entrepreneur who established a trading post nearby during the mining boom of that era. This is a fascinating, easy walk.
3:00 pm – Hot Springs Historic Area
In 1906, J.O. Langford arrived in Alpine, Texas, and sight unseen contracted to homestead a property on the Rio Grande, in what is now Big Bend National Park. On this property was a natural thermal spring, flowing into the Rio Grande at 105 F. Langford developed a spa resort and hotel, remains of which today include a store, several hotel rooms, and the remains of the bath house where visitors can still soak in the healing waters on the shores of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo del Norte.
4:30 pm – National Park Headquarters
We stop at Park HQ at Panther Junction to enjoy an excellent short video and shop for gifts.
5:00 pm – Return to Lajitas
Drive through west side of Big Bend National Park to Study Butte, then take TX 170 west to Lajitas.
6:00 pm – Arrive Lajitas
Drop guests off at Lajitas Golf Resort.