Geology at the Crossroads, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio and Brewster Counties, West Texas – Blaine R. Hall & Patricia W. Dickerson
Dates: Saturday, March 23 – Friday, March 29, 2019
Transportation: Depart from Downtown Houston and ride the Amtrak Sunset Limited overnight to Alpine.
Enjoy the differing viewpoints from the observation car. Listen to geological running commentary from Mr. Robert Traylor on West Texas Geology.
Travel from Alpine into and through Big Bend Ranch Park via passenger vans. Spend four nights and five days in exploring the desolate but beautiful Big Bend Ranch Park seeing the Appalachian strata and structures of the Solitario Batholith & fold-thrust belts, Cretaceous lithology, Laramide features such as the Terlingua Uplift and monocline; Paleogene flows and pyroclastics, Neogene-Quaternary Rio Grande rift/transfer zone, Quaternary extensional faults and aqueous springs. All meals in the park are supplied as well as daily lunches.
Depart the Park Thursday, March 28 to Alpine and board the Sunset Limited, arrive in Houston Friday, March 29.
Estimated cost: $1,600 including all meals except on the train, train and passenger van transportation, guidebooks, park fees, and board in the Park ranch house.
Deposit of $900 Due January 31, 2019 and $700 due March 6, 2019