Join Naturalist Journeys for this Big Bend nature tour. Find yourself in the bold landscape of Big Bend National Park, home to the beautifully-eroded Chisos Mountains, a treasure in North American’s Chihuahuan Desert.

This August trip is scheduled for the heart of monsoon season, when summer rains bring a burst of biodiversity and ignite a seasonally-lush desert landscape. In late-summer the desert is surprisingly green! The rolling hills, rugged mountains, and deep canyons glow in red and orange hues, as waterfalls cascade over cliffs.

Feel the rhythm of monsoon season as Western, Eastern, Mexican, and Rocky Mountain birds converge — nearly 450 species are found in the park, many rare or vagrant. Search for mammals like jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, Coyote, Badger, Javelina, and even Mountain Lion or Black Bear. Many wildflowers bloom only in this season. And monsoon is terrific for reptiles, many of which are colorful and unique to the region. While August is past the time to see the Colima Warbler (try our April trip), we find summer a fascinating time and we delight in an impressive return migration of hummingbirds, including the beautiful Lucifer Hummingbird.

We enjoy lovely accommodations and some fun West Texas cuisine along the way … and of course, wonderful company. Ft. Davis Hummingbird Festival events are included during the second part of the trip. This is a great chance to learn from local experts and explore sites normally closed to the public.

Tour Highlights

  • Slow down and take life more slowly, the “Texas Way”
  • Explore two of the three Sky Island mountain ranges in the state of Texas
  • Witness the beautiful, rugged mountains of west Texas in their greenest season during Big Bend’s “second spring”
  • Experience the late summer hummingbird migration as it passes through Fort Davis at Hummerfest, which has recorded 15 species of hummingbirds!
  • Travel some of the most ruggedly beautiful roads in west Texas
  • Enjoy amazingly clear desert night skies, perfect for stargazing
  • Spot many of the 70 border specialty butterflies, including Poling’s and Sandia Hairstreaks, Hepburn’s and “Chisos” Nais Metalmarks, Chisos Banded-Skipper, Chinati Checkerspot, and Chisos Skipperling

Photo credits: Banner: A Misty Morning in the Chisos, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Rio Grande Boardwalk, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Claret Cup, Woody Wheeler; Ocotillo, Woody Wheeler; Painted Bunting, Mark Wetzel; Rio Grande, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Big Bend Window Trail, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Lucifer Hummingbird by Bob Behrstock.