Fly to El Paso TX and enjoy the city for 2 days, with visits to Artists and Farmers Market, Museum of Art and hiking in the Franklin Mountains or Hueco Tanks State Park, home to significant Native American pictographs. Day 3 drive to Guadalupe Mountains and hike half a day before reaching Carlsbad, NM. Head back to Guadalupes during day 4, then to the caverns on day 5 or to Roswell NM for UFO sightings. Day 6 drive to Amarillo where we will hike or horseback ride the Palo Duro Canyon (2nd largest in US after Grand Canyon) and visit Canyon TX. Hiking, horseback rides, birding, dark skies – all available on this trip, along with great food and prickly pear margaritas!
See NPS.gov for Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns
See Texas.gov for Franklin Mountains State Park, Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, and Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Note: Bring your National Parks card for entry into National Parks
A detailed itinerary is available here...
What IS NOT Included in the registration fee:
We suggest booking early flights one-way from Chicago (Southwest, American, United approximately $400-$450) to arrive before Noon in El Paso, Then book your one-way return flight from Amarillo, not El Paso. The registration fee does not include lunches and dinners as well as some park fees.
What IS Included in the registration fee:
Our ground transportation will be rental of 4 Dodge Caravans (5 persons to a vehicle) with gas and insurance included in the registration fees. Lodging will be double occupancy in hotels including breakfast.And we’ll have a wine/cheese/margaritas party. The price includes fees for guides in Carlsbad Caverns and Hueco Tanks parks.
Package and Option Cost:
Regular Package (Land-only, no airfare):
Single Supplement Option:
Payment Schedule: Payment in advance is due as follows:.
Payment 1: $500 due 11/15/2019,
Payment 2: $700 due 2/15/2020.
Contact: Rebecca Gilman(Leader) TBD (Assistant)