Local Area Tours
Guided Hiking Tours:
This hike begins where Terlingua Creek and Alamo Creek converge. The fossils in the area include giant clam, oyster shell, ammonites, hermites, and many other shellfish. The rocks vary from fluorite crystals to petrified wood.
The length of the trip depends on the amount of time taken in rock-hounding. The hike to the fossil area is very easy but traverses the creek bed that is filled with many rocks. Good walking shoes and a canteen for water are recommended. We will visit an ammonite graveyard on the banks overlooking Terlingua Creek.
APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF TRIP : 4 TO 8 HOURS
Comanche Creek is located in the Lajitas area and the hike into the area is all via creek bed so wear heavy soled shoes. Most of the fossils found in this area are small clam shells and ammonites dating back around 35,000,000 years. This trip also includes a visit to an old candellia wax factory and a homestead ruin from the late 1900's, as well as an Indian pictograph.
APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF TRIP : 3 TO 4 HOURS
Guided Back Road Tours:
A short tour of the Terlingua Ghost Town and we're off for a day of solitude on the eastern edge of the Solitario. This is a trip for those wanting to experience the Chihuahuan Desert up close and personal. The dirt road that we'll be traveling is very well maintained but untraveled by all but the extremely hardy. There are few signposts to point the way and many arroyos to cross, making it impassable at times to anyone without 4 wheel drive. On the trip you'll learn the lay of the land by establishing visual contact with the various local landmarks and the surrounding mountains with names like Hen Egg, Hermits Peak, Red Rock, Yellow Hill and Top of The World. Spectacular views of the far off Chisos Mountains, visits to homesteads and fossil creek beds and even a swimming hole that is toally private can be included in this wonderful adventure.
APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF TRIP: 9AM to 5PM
This trip combines the wonders of Big Bend National Park with a visit to Halley Stillwells Museum, a visit to the banks of the Rio Grande at La Linda and a back road tour through Terlingua Ranch. You will find that the Chisos Mountains are not the only scenic vistas to encounter in the Big Bend. The morning of the trip will include a ride to the Santa Elena Canyon Overlook for a photographic view of the majestic canyon, a short visit to Castolon, a drive into the Chiso Mountain Basin where we will stop for a picnic lunch. After lunch we'll drive to Stillwell's Hall of Fame Museum for a short visit. Our return trip will take us via the old Marathon road, traveled by early settlers and the mule trains of the cinnabar miners. As we leave the lodge via "Gate 9" we'll pass by Ament Lake Dam and be treated to a most spectacular sunset as we descend one of the Christmas Mountains.
APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF TRIP: 9AM to 6PM
For prices see our price list.
If you enjoy your trip, gratuities for your guide are always appreciated.