Big Bend Overland Tours

One of the best ways to explore Big Bend National Park is with a knowledgeable guide. At Big Bend Overland Tours we offer an experienced guide to take you to breathtaking views of this unique National Park. Along the way you will have ample opportunity to explore geographic features, and learn about the history, flora and fauna of the Big Bend Area. We recommend you bring along binoculars, camera, extra batteries and memory cards/film, hat/sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and plenty of water. The guide carries a satellite phone, extra water, and is trained in first aide. The tours are conducted in a Ford Excursion 4 wheel Drive vehicle with air conditioning for your comfort.

Give us a call to reserve your seat to see and experience Big Bend! 
Phone: 432-294-1113 

River Road Tour
Be one of the few people today to travel through one of the most remote, beautiful and historic areas in the park. The River Road runs along the southern end of the park between Castolon and Rio Grande Village. You will experience the Rio Grande River, diverse plant life, unusual rock formations, and fantastic desert views. You will see the Mariscal Mine ruins where mercury was produced and the Glenn Springs historic site, where a bandit raid occurred in 1916. A picnic lunch is included with this day-long 120 mile round trip tour.
10-12 hours/1-6 people 
(Park entrance fee and taxes not included)

Hot Springs and Rio Grande Village Tour
Big Bend National Park is well known for the Rio Grande river that runs through it. The river allowed a refreshing oasis for the Native Americans and drew early settlers to its edges. The Hot Springs tour includes a 1 mile hike will take to the hot springs where you can bath in the hot springs and watch the river flow by you. Also, take in historical structures used as an old post office and hotel, Indian pictographs, and incredible views of Hot Spring Canyon and the Sierra del Carmen mountains in Mexico. You will also get to explore the wetlands at Rio Grande Village and you may get lucky and stop for ice cream at the Rio Grande Village store.
4 hours/1-6 people
(Park entrance fee and taxes not included)

Ernst Tinaja Tour (add on option - Old Ore Road**)
Explore one of the truly unique places in the park that requires an off road vehicle. Ernst Tinaja is a natural hole in the bedrock that is filled with water year round where animals drink. Walking to Ernst Tinaja (1 mile round trip) you are walking on and surrounded by walls of layered limestone of different colors (beige, yellow, gray, reddish-brown). On the drive enjoy the desert plants and views of the Chisos Mountains. 
5 hours **/1-6 people
(Park entrance fee and taxes not included)

**Add on Option - Old Ore Road with Ernst Tinaja Tour can be turned into an all day tour to see all of Old Ore Road. The all day tour includes boxed lunches (sandwich, chips, cookies, water and fruit). Explore more of Big Bend National Park along a sparsely traveled dirt road. End the tour with view of giant Dagger Yucca at Dagger Flats. 
All Day/1-6 people
(Park entrance fee and taxes not included)

Santa Elena Loop Tour
This tour begins at the Park's west entrance to Old Maverick Road. See the century-old Luna's Jacal and Terlingua Abajo settlements and view the immensely beautiful Santa Elena Canyon from the base of its 1,500 ft. high cliffs. Enjoy boxed lunches (sandwich, chips, cookies, water and fruit) at the Historic Castolon Store and then continue on to view the area's flora, fauna, geology and history at Sotol Vista and Sam Nail Ranch.
5 hours/1-6 people
(Park entrance fee and taxes not included)

Indian Head Springs and Moon Valley Tour
Walk back in time and envision this Native American camp site. Archeology carbon samples have dated this area in use over 7,000 years ago. View pictographs and the panoramic scenery. Explore the indigenous rock to engage the hidden wonders of the Chihuahuan Desert. Continue the trip to Moon Valley, the location selected by NASA in April 1964 to train Neil Armstrong on how to take a rock sample - he was going to need this skill during his moon landing!
5 hours/1-6 people
(No Park entrance fee needed)

Glenn Springs Road Tour (add on option - Black Gap/ Mariscal Mine**)
The tour will visit the remains of an historic town that was the site a bandit raid in 1916 and a candellila wax factory . Explore the remains of an old army outpost used to defend the area against Poncho Villa. This area also features unique rock formations and a natural spring - you might even catch a glimpse of some birds and other wildlife at this popular watering hole.
5 hours/1-6 people
(Park entrance fee and taxes not included)

**Add on Option - Black Gap & Mariscal Mine with Glenn Springs Tour
Extend your Glenn Springs tour to include some of the most amazing (and difficult to get to) places in the park. Black Gap Road is the most rugged, primitive road in the park. So if you're up for an adventure, this tour is for you! The last stop is Mariscal Mine - a mercury mine that was operational until the 1920's and briefly reopened in the 40's before Big Bend became a National Park. The all day tour includes boxed lunches (sandwich, chips, cookies, water and fruit)
All Day/1-6 people (Park entrance fee and taxes not included)

Customized Tours are available upon request. 
At your request we can customize a tour just for your group (1-5 people). You tell us where you want to go and we will do the rest. Tours can be inside Big Bend National Park, Terlingua area, and Big Bend Ranch State Park. Call for more information or ask at the front desk. 
Prices vary depending on the location and time required.

Step-On Guide Service For Tour Groups
We will be delighted to provide a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide to step onto your bus for a tour in the Park or region. In order for us to provide you the best customized services please allow advance notice is required for this service.

Step-On Guide Service Available For Tour Groups - 1/2 day or full day (contact property for pricing).

Knowledgeable of the Big Bend region's history, geography, wildlife, and ecology

Boxed Lunches Available for Additional Fee with Advance Notice


Boxed Lunches
Boxed lunches are available to take on your tour. The lunches include turkey, ham, or peanut butter & jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread with an orange or apple, chips, bottled water and a cookie. Please be sure to pre-order these lunches so that they are ready for your tour. You can also pick up snacks (juice, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) at the Chisos Basin Store.

Photos courtesy of DJ Sanders.

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