Big Bend National Park Epic Tour

Big Bend National Park Epic Tour

10 Day Epic Bike Tour

Tour Information

Date: 11/12/24 - 11/21/24
Meet: El Paso, TX
Time: 11:00am
Tour Price: $3590
Single Upgrade: $1500

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 offer this epic tour, with long daily mileages through stunning country and dinners cooked by our own traveling chef. Join us!

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Moderate

Moderate

Advanced

Advanced

Rolling terrain with a couple longer climbs on paved roads. Average 51 miles per day with one rest day. Advanced cycling level. Moderate level with an e-bike.

9 nights lodging, 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 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 Specialized Vita hybrid or Cannondale Topstone 2 adventure road bike. $350 for Specialized Vado step-thru e-bike.

Vita

Topstone

Vado

 

Fly in and out of El Paso, TX. WomanTours will shuttle you at 11:00am 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 12:00pm. Or drive and leave your car at our staring hotel in Fort Davis during the tour.

Beth Orenstein

Beth Orenstein
Tour Leader

Denise Purdue

Denise Purdue
Tour Leader

Emily Rose

Emily Rose
Tour Leader/Chef

"The routes were very challenging but they were very well planned out. I loved the Rio Grande paddle. The scenery was spectacular and the guides were fun and interesting."

Amy P. Ballston Spa, NY

Big Bend Bike Tour Details

DAY 1: We’ll pick everyone up from the El Paso International Airport at 11:00am 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 earlier 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.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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. We rotate roommates every time we change lodgings, 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 pool.

If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, you’ll use the time before dinner to work with the guide to fix it. If it’s a complicated repair, we’ll help get your bike to a professional at a bike shop.

Then we eat dinner together, served buffet-style outside.

Then we’ll all eat dinner together, usually served buffet-style outside. Our traveling chef will create hearty and healthy dishes from our trailer kitchen. While our chef will accommodate guests with specific allergies and provide a nonmeat protein source for vegetarians, she cannot adhere to everyone’s likes and dislikes. We ask that you be flexible. If you require a vegan or gluten-free diet, there is an additional fee of $50. 

After dinner, our guide will hold a map meeting to discuss the highlights of the day and 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 August 15, 2024 and is nonrefundable. We offer a 2% discount for paying by check or Zelle.

DISCOUNTS: Save 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.

 

Big Bend Bike Tour Itinerary

Date Location Miles
Nov 12, 2024 Fort Davis, TX 0
Nov 13, 2024 Fort Davis, TX 76 +4197'/-4194'
Nov 14, 2024 Marfa, TX 23 +475'/-713'
Nov 15, 2024 Presidio, TX 60 +1868'/-3963'
Nov 16, 2024 Terlingua, TX 67 +3728'/-3793'
Nov 17, 2024 Santa Elena Canyon 43 +2628' /-3025'
Nov 18, 2024 Terlingua, TX 0
Nov 19, 2024 Marathon, TX 69 +2400'/-2070'
Nov 20, 2024 Fort Davis, TX 53 +1991'/-1158'
Nov 21, 2024 El Paso, TX 0