Let's go to Big Bend! You've wanted to do this for years!
Swim in natural spring-fed pools.
Soak in a natural hot spring.
Visit a ghost town.
Hike in some of west Texas' most fascinating nature areas
Southwest Texas has many fascinating natural attractions and the best time to see them is in the Spring. Monahans Sandhills State Park is full of giant sand dunes. Balmorhea State Park and San Solomon Springs is one of my favorite places in Texas, as it hosts the largest natural spring-fed swimming pool in the world. McDonald Observatory has guided tours. Marfa has an arts community and the Marfa Mystery lights (with an official viewing station). Big Bend has camping, a few ghost towns and more wilderness than we could explore.
I want to take a group of at least 20 people. The price depends on what we do, but I'm expecting it to be about $200 per person and last 5 days. My proposal is for us to drive through Monahans and Pecos, then drop down to Balmorhea State Park. We could camp or lodge at Balmorhea or Davis Mountains State Park (though DMSP lodging books a year in advance). From there, we could drive to Big Bend National Park. So, spend two days getting to BBNP, spend two days at BBNP, then a day getting home. A straight drive from BBNP to Plano is 8 to 9 hours. If you like this plan, or want to suggest variations, let me know.