Camino de Big Bend
WEST TEXAS | OCT 17-21, 2022
Our journey takes us up the sky islands of the Chisos Mountains, renowned for their birds, bears, and ghosts, down into the canyons of the Rio Grande, where borders grow thin, and across the Chihuahuan Desert, full of hidden life and clarity. Lodging at the award-winning Lajitas Resort, dining at local favorites, coaching with professional runners, nutritionists, and spiritual/mindfulness guides, will have you emerging from this pilgrimage more grounded in mind, body, and spirit.
This pilgrimage is for those seeking meaningful connections between their mind, body, spirit, and nature. Mindfulness, sunrises and stars, meaningful conversations and amazing days on the trails are the highlights. Experience and be inspired with meditations from The Tao Te Ching, Abrahamic Scriptures, and the Poetry of the Southwest all in beautiful Big Bend. Join us for a unique blend of discovery, reflection and fun time to explore with the group or on your own, and inspiring daily runs. 6-15 miles per day. Covid vaccination required
AREAS OF INTEREST
Marufo Vega Trailhead: A trail in Big Bend Nat'l Park named after Gregorio Marufo, who once grazed goats along the Rio Grande. The trail splits north fork descends towards the river and offers views of Sierra del Carmen in Mexico and the Rio Grande far below in Boquillas Canyon. The right split leads to a bluff with endless mountain views and a glimpse of the Rio Grande below.
Deadhorse Mountains: Also known as Sierra del Caballo Muerto, are the small southern portion of the Sierra del Carmen Mountain range across the Rio Grande.
Rio Grande: Runs approx. 2,000 mi from the Colorado Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. 1,000 miles the Rio Grande serves as the international boundary between Mexico and the United States; Big Bend National Park administers approximately one-quarter of that boundary. The Rio Grande also defines the park’s southern boundary for 118 twisting miles. It is within this stretch that the Rio Grande’s southeasterly flow changes abruptly to the northeast and forms the “big bend” of the Rio Grande.
Chisos Mountains basin: The mountain rang that is located in Bend Nat'l Park and the only mountain range contained within a single national park
Balanced Rock: Beautiful and the most unique rock formation in Big Bend Nat'l Park, 2.2 mi. total ascent: 311 ft.
Dodson Trailhead: Located near Big Bend Nat'l Park, TX, 11 mi lightly trafficked point-to-point trail
Terlingua Ghost Town: A remains of a real historical mining town with decaying buildings, mining shafts and an old cemetery
Chihuahuan Desert: Is the largest desert in North America. Covering part of NM, in the lower Pecos Valley and much of West TX the middle and lower Rio Grande Valley. Area of aprox. 193,783 sq mi
Elephant Tusk Mountain: In Big Bend Nat'l Park, TX, peaks elev. 5,249 ft and soars 2,200 ft above Chihuahuan Desert floor
October 17-21, 2022
5 days/4 nights, active travel adventure with a focus on mind-body and spirit, in West Texas
Meet-up location: In El Paso, Texas location to be determined near the El Paso International Airport
Offering optional daily trail runs
Lodging at the award-winning Lajitas Resort in Terlingua, TX.
Trails are subject to change based on permits.
Daily runs average from 6-15 mi.; customization available on request and training needs; all levels welcomed.
$3699 + tax
A deposit secures your spot.
Single Occupancy Private Room *contact us if interested in sharing room with partner/friend/spouse
All Meals & Snacks
Special Events & Outings
Park Entries & Fees
Cell service available depending on the carrier
Covered outdoor deck space
Transportation flight to/from El Paso
Daily housekeeping in cabins
This trip is part of the Threshold Expeditions Pilgrimage: Mindfulness + Awareness Series. These trips focus on mindfulness, sunrises and star-filled nights, coupled with running efforts that make you work for it but leave you feeling vibrant and refreshed for good conversations and meaningful time together in beautiful destinations. We choose places and trails that are beautifully coupled with mindfulness practices, inspiring text and poetry, body awareness, yoga, meditations, pilgrim passports, and journaling to help you grow as a runner. Join our pilgrim guides as we open ourselves to place, adventure, conversations, and community.