Backpacking at Big Bend National Park

Trip Overview

Big Bend National Park is a hiker’s paradise containing the largest expanse of roadless public lands in Texas. More than 150 miles of mountain and desert trails offer opportunities for outstanding backcountry experiences. Nestled high in the Chisos Mountains, the South Rim Trail stands alone as the premier backpacking opportunity in Big Bend. With stunning vistas, abundant wildlife, breathtaking contrasts of Alpine forest and Chihuahuan desert, this trip is a true Texas classic! 

Our trip will backpack through this rugged and remote wilderness including a summit hike to Emory Peak, the tallest point in the park.  Please note, January can bring very mild, enjoyable temperatures during the day but very cold nights.

Trip Rating

Intermediate, some backpacking experience required / Strenuous level of activity. 

Trip Date

January 14-18, 2020

Depart: January 14, 6am
Return: January 18, 6pm (approximate)

  • UT students/RecSports members: $300
  • Non-members: $400
Registration Information
  1. Click here to register for this trip. Registration closes on Monday, December 9, 2019.
  2. Once you complete your online order, please complete and submit the Adventure Trip Participant Information Form
Pre-Trip Meeting

All participants must attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting on December 11, 2019 at 6:30pm. The meeting will take place at the Outdoor Center located inside Gregory Gym (GRE 2.104). 

Cancellation Information

Cancellations must be completed by November 29, 2019 at 5:00pm. No refunds will be given after this date. Refunds will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee for those participants who cancel by the cancellation date.

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