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Guided Ranger Programs

Big Bend interpretive rangers provide a variety of fun, informative, and free ranger-guided activities. Join us for a guided hike, patio talk, or engaging evening program and discover the many "stories behind the scenery" of YOUR national park.
 

November 8 - 16, 2019

Friday, November 8
7:00 PM Evening Program – “Beyond the Scenery: Treasures of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive” The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive threads through some of the most spectacular scenery in the park. But there’s more than just scenery. Join Ranger C. Hoyt to learn more about the hiking trails along the scenic drive and what “treasures” there are to discover. Meet at the Chisos Basin Amphitheater. Bring a flashlight. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Saturday, November 9
9:30 AM Program – “Battles of the Big Bend” Before Big Bend became a national park in 1944, it was the site of many conflicts, including the famous 1916 Raid on Glenn Springs. Join Ranger D. Dosedel for a discussion of the early 1900s military history of the Big Bend region. Meet on the Chisos Mountains Lodge patio. Wheelchair accessible. 30 minutes.

6:30 PM Evening Program - “A Park Ranger’s Guide to the Galaxy” Join Ranger J. Swab and a team of volunteers to view the wonders of Big Bend’s dark night skies. We’ll begin with an indoor orientation to the universe as the sun goes down, followed by outdoor telescope viewing. Indoor program will begin at 6:30 PM followed by outdoor activities. Park in the Panther Junction Visitor Center parking lot and follow the signs to meet in the Community Room. Bring a flashlight and jacket. Wheelchair accessible. 2 hours.

Sunday, November 10
9:30 AM Program – “Battles of the Big Bend” Before Big Bend became a national park in 1944, it was the site of many conflicts, including the famous 1916 Raid on Glenn Springs. Join Ranger D. Dosedel for a discussion of the early 1900s military history of the Big Bend region. Meet at Sotol Vista on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Wheelchair accessible. 30 minutes.

7:00 PM Evening Program“Big Bend’s Top 10” What makes Big Bend special or unique among national parks? What fascinating plants, animals, and fossils can be found nowhere else? Join Ranger J. Jurado for a look at the top ten things Big Bend can boast about and a look into its national significance. Meet at the Chisos Basin Amphitheater. Wheelchair accessible. Bring a flashlight. 1 hour.

Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
7:00 PM Evening Program – “The Rio Grande” Some of the most interesting and dramatic scenery in Big Bend National Park is visible only from canoe or raft floating along the Rio Grande on the park’s southern border. Join Ranger J. Duke for a photographic story that showcases scenic canyons, exciting rapids, and areas of the park that many never visit. Meet at the Rio Grande Village Amphitheater. Bring a flashlight. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Tuesday, November 12
9:30 AM Guided Walk – “A Walk Through Time” The dramatic landscapes and vistas of Big Bend National Park are the result of powerful natural forces working through immense periods of time. Join Ranger J. Duke for a short walk to discuss these forces, and how they have shaped the modern Big Bend region. Meet at the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail, located near Campsite 18 in the campground. Bring water and a hat. 1 mile. 1 hour.

Wednesday, November 13
9:30 AM Program – “Rocks and Bones” Ever wonder about the fossils in Big Bend National Park? Explore geologic layers and life forms from the time of the dinosaurs up to the present and come away thinking about the future. Join Ranger J. Swab at the Fossil Discovery Exhibit, 8 miles north of Panther Junction. Wheelchair accessible. 45 minutes.

7:00 PM Evening Program – “Big Bend, A 75 Year Retrospective” Big Bend National Park was authorized June 12, 1944. The interest in the area had begun around the turn of the century and culminated in the first National Park in Texas. Join Ranger B. Smith for a look at the story behind the park. Meet at the Chisos Basin Amphitheater. Bring a flashlight. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Thursday, November 14
Sorry, no programs today. Consider watching the park’s orientation film at Panther Junction Visitor Center, shown daily every half hour, 9 am through 4 pm.

Friday, November 15
9:30 AM Guided Walk – “Life at the Windmill” The desert may seem to be an impossible place to live but a significant number of living things thrive in this extreme environment. Join Ranger B. Smith for an hour of discovery and exploration into the secret, and not so secret, stories of life at the windmill. Meet at Dugout Wells, six miles southeast of Panther Junction Visitor Center. Bring water and a hat. ¼ mile. 1 hour.

7:00 PM Evening Program – “Beyond the Scenery: Treasures of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive” The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive threads through some of the most spectacular scenery in the park. But there’s more than just scenery. Join Ranger C. Hoyt to learn more about the hiking trails along the scenic drive and what “treasures” there are to discover. Meet at the Rio Grande Village Amphitheater. Bring a flashlight. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Saturday, November 16
9:30 AM Program – “Battles of the Big Bend” Before Big Bend became a national park in 1944, it was the site of many conflicts, including the famous 1916 Raid on Glenn Springs. Join Ranger D. Dosedel for a discussion of the early 1900s military history of the Big Bend region. Meet at Sotol Vista on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Wheelchair accessible. 30 minutes.

7:00 PM Evening Program – “A Park Ranger’s Guide to the Galaxy” Join Ranger T. Coe and a team of volunteers to view the wonders of Big Bend’s dark night skies. We’ll begin with a constellation tour followed by telescope viewing and an astrophotography demonstration. Park at the Panther Junction Visitor Center parking lot and follow the signs to the back of the building. Bring a flashlight, jacket, and lawn chair. An indoor astronomy program will be held in the Panther Junction Community Room in the event of inclement weather. Wheelchair accessible. 2 hours.

Last updated: November 8, 2019

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Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129

Phone:

(432) 477-2251

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