“Accommodations, wow all the way around. Love those funky old hotels that leave doors open and treat people as friends.” —Gail Kohl

Immerse yourself in the big, bold landscape of Big Bend National Park, home to the stunningly eroded Chisos Mountain range and the elusive Colima Warbler. A playground of light, the rugged mountains, rolling hills, and deep canyons glow with rich, red and orange hues. Life forms of the Chihuahuan Desert are fascinating and abound.

Experience the rhythm of spring bird migration, as Eastern, Western, Mexican, and Rocky Mountain birds converge — nearly 450 species, many rare or vagrant. Big Bend also has its share of mammals, from Kangaroo Rat, skunks, Badger, and Javelina, to Mountain Lion and Black Bear. And of course, plentiful reptiles.

In addition to wildlife watching and geological and ecological interpretation, we spend time at lovely accommodations and enjoy delicious meals along the way … and of course, good company.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit two of Texas' three Sky Island mountain ranges
  • Search for the rare Colima Warbler on its only US breeding territory
  • Catch the peak of migration — every day brings new arrivals!
  • Travel along some of the most ruggedly beautiful roads in west Texas
  • Gaze up at the stunning stars in a premier dark sky region
  • Slow down and live life more slowly, the “Texas Way”

Photo credits: Banner: View from the Rio Grande, Peg Abbott; Rainbow Cactus, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Javelina, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Rio Grande Village, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Painted Bunting, Mark Wetzel; Claret Cup, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Goat Mountain Sign, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Colima Warbler, Tom Dove; Big Bend Building, Naturalist Journeys Stock.