In the summer of 2001, Charlie Angell received a phone call informing him that his father had passed away. Charlie’s father had disappeared from his life at the age of 13, and thus it came as a surprise that his father’s final residence was in the Big Bend region of Texas.

Upon Charlie’s first visit to the area, to scatter his father’s ashes and take possession of a house and several acres of desert in South Presidio county, Charlie knew he was completely head over heels in love with the rugged mountainous land, and immediately began to change his life and eventually make the move to Far West Texas.

During the next seven years, Charlie became a part-time resident of the Big Bend and aggressively hiked, mountain biked, camped, went off-roading in his Jeep, rafted the Rio Grande and read dozens of books about the area, knowing full well that this indeed was his calling.

In 2006, Charlie decided to wind down his life of fishing, sailing and boating the Florida Keys, Gulf Coast and Bahamas to begin the transition of establishing his expedition company in the Texas Big Bend. The sun symbol honors a timeless appreciation for the history of the region.

In the fall of 2008, Charlie became a full-time resident and began conducting tours of the parks and private lands. His knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, geology and history of the region are extensive.

Listen to a recent interview with Charlie about the Big Bend, how he got here, the rivers, the birds, geology, archaeology, rock art, movies, and much more. Recorded at the Hoodoos in Big Bend Ranch State Park and at Fort Leaton, just outside Presidio, Texas. Listen at:

If you are passionate about your work it shows, and never a day goes by where Charlie doesn’t smile at the sunrise, sunset and mountains, and knows one day he, like his father, will someday become one with the desert.

Take a journey with Angell Expeditions and experience the Big Bend desert region with someone who has a calling and a passion for the lifestyle that is equaled by no other, and learn about one of the last great untamed wildernesses in America.

Contact us today and let’s plan your trip in Big Bend, Devils River, Ojinaga, or all three.