Big Bend National Park Epic Tour
10 Day Epic Tour
Think wide open spaces and starlit nights. Think desolate mountains and limestone canyons. We’ve wanted to do this tour for years but Big Bend National Park is a hard place to get to, so it took us awhile to design this perfect tour. Nestled in the southwest corner of Texas, the remote park includes the Chisos Mountains, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Rio Grande. We’re thrilled to bring you this new epic tour, with long daily mileages through stunning country and dinners cooked by our own traveling chef. Join us!
Average 51 miles per day with one rest day. Rolling terrain with a couple longer climbs on paved roads. Moderate to advanced cycling level. Moderate level with an electric-assist bicycle.
9 nights lodging, 9 breakfasts, 8 dinners, daily snacks on cycling days, daily SAG support along the route, daily luggage transfer, guided float trip down the Rio Grande, mechanical support, detailed maps, cue sheets and GPS files, trained guides, and shuttles at the start and finish of the tour to the El Paso airport.
$195 for women-specific road or hybrid bicycle. $295 for an electric-assist bicycle.
Fly in and out of El Paso, TX. WomanTours will shuttle you at 1:00pm to the start of our tour in Fort Davis, TX. If you miss our shuttle time, then you'll need to rent a car or arrange for a private transfer to Fort Davis on your own. At the end of the tour, we'll shuttle you back to the airport, arriving by 12:30noon. If you're driving your own vehicle, meet us in Fort Davis, TX and leave your car at our starting hotel at no charge for the duration of the tour.
"I loved every mile and minute. Scenery was amazing, it was great getting to know other riders, and WT support was top-notch. Really enjoyed rafting and hanging out at the ghost town to listen to live music and soak up the local scene."
DAY 1: We’ll pick everyone up from the El Paso International Airport at 1:00pm for a 3-hour shuttle to Fort Davis and the start of our tour. If you’ve driven, then you can meet us in Fort Davis and leave your car at the starting hotel during the tour. We’ll have an orientation, rental bike fitting and dinner together tonight. 0 miles.
DAYS 2-9: We’ll run this tour as we do our cross-country and epic tours. We start early with a light breakfast provided by the hotel. Then we’ll pack our bike bags with snacks of raisins, nuts, energy bars and peanut butter sandwiches. We’ll make sure we have an extra layer of clothing and perhaps a rain jacket with us. We leave on our own, usually between 7-8am and cycle at our own pace.
About every twenty miles, we’ll meet our SAG vehicle. It holds water, snacks, tire repair tools and a first aid kit. Even if you don’t need anything, you can stop to chat and talk about the wonderful tailwind or the panoramic view. If you’re too tired to bike anymore, you can take a ride in the SAG vehicle to our hotel for the night. The SAG makes sure everyone is in safely at the end of the day.
There will be few places to stop for lunch on our routes, so our SAG vehicles will be stocked with abundant snacks. Once at our hotel, you'll find your luggage, (delivered earler by the WomanTours van and trailer), and can check in to your room. You can also grab a quick late lunch on your own before dinner.
- Big Bend National Park
- Big Bend Ranch State Park
- Rio Grande
- Chisos and Davis Mountains
- Chihuahuan Desert
- Santa Elena Canyon
- Fort Davis National Historic Site
- Mining ghost town of Terlingua
- Artsy town of Marfa
Most of our hotels are simple, family-run places, and most of us will be in double occupancy rooms. We rotate roommates every night, unless you’ve requested a specific roommate or to upgrade to a single room. There will be time to shower before dinner and perhaps take a dip in a hotel hot tub.
If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, we’ll use the time before dinner to work with the guide to fix it. Then we eat dinner together, served buffet-style outside.
Our traveling chef creates hearty and healthy dishes from our trailer kitchen. While she will accommodate guests with specific allergies and provide a nonmeat protein source for vegetarians, she cannot always adhere to everyone’s likes and dislikes. We ask that you be flexible. If you require a vegan or gluten-free diet, there will be a $50 surcharge.
After dinner, our guide will hold a map meeting to discuss the highlights of the day and to go over the details of the next day’s route.
We’ll have one layover day on this tour to give our bodies a chance to recover and to take a guided float trip down the Rio Grande. No trip to this area would be complete without getting on the river. It is responsible for so much of the life that surrounds us, and its huge s-curve through the Chisos Mountains gave us the name "Big Bend." We’ll celebrate the end of our adventure at dinner on our last evening together. 51 miles on average per day.
DAY 10: After breakfast, we'll shuttle you back to the El Paso airport, arriving by 12:30pm. 0 miles.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: To sign up for this tour, we require a nonrefundable deposit of $300. The balance of the tour price is due 75 days prior to the tour, by January 15, 2019 and is nonrefundable. We offer a 2% discount for paying by check.
DISCOUNTS: Save $200 if you sign up by August 31, 2018. Save an additional 2% if you pay by check.
TRIP INSURANCE: We strongly recommend insurance, and will provide you with a source for insurance upon receiving your tour deposit.
SAG VOLUNTEERS: We use 3 volunteers to drive a support car during this tour. Each driver works once every third day supporting the riders until the last cyclist finishes for the day. She provides food, drinks, flat tire assistance and moral support, and becomes an integral part in the success of the tour. In return, each volunteer receives a discount of 40% off the tour price. If you’re interested in a position, please contact us.
Big Bend National Park Epic Tour Itinerary
|Apr 1, 2019||Fort Davis, TX||0|
|Apr 2, 2019||Fort Davis, TX||75 (+4104' / -4107')|
|Apr 3, 2019||Marfa, TX||22 (+449' / -632')|
|Apr 4, 2019||Presidio, TX||60 (+1867' / -3962')|
|Apr 5, 2019||Terlingua, TX||67 (+3727' / -3793')|
|Apr 6, 2019||Santa Elena Canyon||43 (+2628' / -3025')|
|Apr 7, 2019||Terlingua, TX||0|
|Apr 8, 2019||Marathon, TX||69 (+2399' / -2070') or 94 (+4384' / -2883')|
|Apr 9, 2019||Fort Davis, TX||54 (+1991' / -1158')|
|Apr 10, 2019||El Paso, TX||0|