Horseback Riding in Big Bend National Park
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At Big Bend, guides give horseback tours, and visitors can bring their own horses. The going might be slow in some parts, as horses aren't allowed on paved roads. Trips range from two hours to several days. If you're bringing your own horses, call any visitor center at least a day ahead of time to get a permit. You may camp with your horse at any of the park's primitive campsites, but not in the developed areas. A campsite with corrals near Panther Junction may be reserved (no longer than 10 weeks' notice) by calling 432/477-1158.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Lajitas Stables. Guided horseback-riding tours of varying lengths include participation in an honest-to-goodness, brand-to-hide cattle drive, sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. There are special-interest trips, i.e., geology. You can also foray into the Mexican state of Chihuahua, via horse, on a four- to five-day trip. 2.5 mi west of Lajitas Resort, Lajitas, TX, 79852. 800/887–4331 or 432/371–3064. www.lajitasstables.com.
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