Photo: Brandon Jakobeit

Please note that this event is now full and reservations are closed.

Big Bend National Park turns 75 in 2019, and Texas Highways is geared up to celebrate this larger-than-life Lone Star treasure with 50 of its readers for a weekend of guided hikes, photography tips, a night sky party and more. You handle the lodging; Texas Highways handles the rest.

In cooperation with Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Conservancy, Texas Highways has created a special ranger-led itinerary that will bring you closer to the park. From September 20-22, we will explore the best the park has to offer through the lens and on the trail.

Photography hikes will feature award-winning, West Texas-based photographer E. Dan Klepper. A regular contributor to Texas Highways, E. Dan will share tips and tricks to improve your photography skills.

Preliminary Schedule:

Friday night

  • Sunset dinner provided at the Basin at a private site with brilliant views of The Window.

Saturday morning

  • Breakfast at Chisos Mountain Lodge restaurant
  • Guided hike to the Window Trail.
    • Divided into two groups – Chisos Basin with photographer E. Dan Klepper and Grapevine Hills with an NPS ranger
  • Ranger discussion at Chisos Visitor Center
  • Happy Hour appetizers on the Chisos Mountain Lodge patio

Saturday evening

  • Night Sky Party at Panther Junction Visitor Center
    • Telescopes will be provided – bring a flashlight and chair.
    • Night sky photography tips will be shared.

Sunday morning

  • Sunrise desert hike experience at Sotol Vista.
    • Divided into two groups – Mule Ears Spring with E. Dan Klepper and Upper Burro Mesa Pouroff with an NPS ranger

RSVP and Lodging

Spots on this rare weekend event are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 50 registrants.

While guests are responsible for their own expenses, the park has set aside a limited block of rooms at the Chisos Mountain Lodge, as well as a group campground in the Basin set aside for this special weekend.

Questions? Email Big Bend Conservancy Executive Director Courtney Lyons-Garcia.

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