Casas Grandes & Mata Ortiz

Casas Grandes (Paquime) & Mata Ortiz                                                                                  $895 Small group tour (minimum 8 persons) led by […]

Copper Canyon train trip to El Fuerte, October 11-17, 2017

    Copper Canyon Train Tour October 11-17, 2017 $1,390 Wednesday, October 11.  Drive from Alpine to Presidio. Breakfast at El Patio. Taxi to Ojinaga. Bus (3 hours) to Chihuahua City. Lunch. City Tour with Edgar. Dinner at El Meson de Catedral. Overnight Quality Inn, close to the cathedral. Thursday, October 12. Up early to […]

Voices from Both Sides (II)

On May 11, 2013 a community-based effort in Terlingua, TX, led by local musician Jeff Haislip, initiated Voices from Both Sides. This musical event on each side of the Rio Grande at Lajitas, TX was intended to prove that the border-crossing restrictions, established after 9/11, would not divide us. The event was a huge success. […]

Bicycle Tourist Plus

Getting off an Amtrak train in Alpine recently, together with his trusty bike, was Filip Sokol (67), cyclist extraordinaire, who is unafraid of solo journeys through Mexico (or anywhere else). Sokol’s home is in Boulder, CO but he knows the Big Bend area from when he worked for Outward Bound in Redford in the 1970s. […]

Mexico – Boquillas Crossing Reopens

The changes at Boquillas Crossing are immediately apparent as soon as you turn off the paved road leading to Boquillas Canyon: a gate with scrolled metal lettering saying “Boquillas Crossing”, a wide, freshly graded road and, a little further on, some parking spots outside a brand new building. This is the self-service, remote-control U.S. Immigration […]

Crossing to Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico

In the days before 9/11, Big Bend residents and visitors alike used to enjoy the ease of entering Mexico without passports or customs formalities. This was possible at three places, all in or near the Big Bend National Park (Boquillas, Santa Elena and Lajitas). I wrote a book about this in 2000, “Mexico: Unofficial Border […]