Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Texas

(915) 828-3251

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Overview

Rising from the desert, this mountain mass contains portions of the world's most extensive and significant Permian limestone fossil reef. Also featured are a tremendous earth fault, lofty peaks, unusual flora and fauna, and a colorful record of the past. Guadalupe Peak, highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet; El Capitan, a massive limestone formation; McKittrick Canyon, with its unique flora and fauna; and the "Bowl", located in a high country conifer forest, are significant park features. While scenic driving in the park is limited to one OHV road, there are over 80 miles of trails that offer a wide range of opportunities for exploring. Other available activities include: backpacking, camping and wildlife viewing. Visitors may also see ruins of a stage station, visit the Headquarters Visitor Center, and visit Frijole Ranch History Museum (open intermittently).

Map of Guadalupe Mountains

Latitude, Longitude: 31.947085, -104.900609

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Activities

  • Camping

    Pine Springs Campground is located near the Headquarters Visitor Center with 20 tent sites and 19 RV sites with no hookups. Amenities include potable water, accessible flush-toilet restrooms , utility sink, pay telephones, and a drink machine. Dog Canyon has 9 tent sites and 4 RV sites with no hookups. Restrooms with sinks and flush toliets are available.

  • Hiking

    Over 80 miles of hiking trails offer easy nature walks through desert flora; more moderate hikes follow canyons and reach riparian oases, and strenuous all day hikes can take you into high country forest or to the "Top of Texas". Obtain more information from Headquarters Visitor Center.

  • Horseback Riding

    The park offers diverse riding opportunities. Sixty percent of the trails are open to stock use. There are no horses or pack animals for hire in or near the park; visitors must bring own stock. All livestock must meet state vaccination requirements. Copies of vaccination documents must be in your possession. No feed is available in the park. Water is available at the corrals but there is no water available for stock use along any of the park trails. All backcountry water sources (which are few and unreliable) are fragile and off limits to stock use.

    Stock corrals are available at Dog Canyon and Frijole Ranch, near the Headquarters Visitor Center. Each has four pens and will accommodate a maximum of 10 animals. Reservations may be made by calling (915) 828-3251 ext. 0 (for Frijole), or (505) 981-2418 (Dog Canyon) between 8 am and 4 pm Mountain Time.

    Tent pads and RV camping (no hookups) are available at the Frijole corrals. At Dog Canyon, vehicles may be parked in designated locations near the corrals. A camping fee is required for overnight camping while using the horse corrals. You are required to camp near your stock at the corrals.

    All stock trips must start and end at the trailheads located at these two corrals. Stock may not be transported by trailer to any other trailheads.

    Riding is limited to day trips only. All stock must return to the corrals each night.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Visitors with high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles can travel the 7.3-mile road to Williams Ranch, traversing washes and acres of open scrub desert.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged. Please do not litter.

Seasonality/Weather

Visitors may generally expect relatively hot summers, calm, mild autumn weather, and cool to cold weather in winter and early spring. Snow storms, freezing rain, or fog may occur in winter or early spring. Frequent high wind warnings are issued winter through spring. Late summer monsoons produce thunderstorms. Cool nights, even in summer.

The Headquarters Visitor Center is located at Pine Springs and can be accessed via U.S. Highway 62/180 between Carlsbad, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. The visitor center is open daily except Christmas Day. Hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM MST, and 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM MDT in summer, (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend).

Frijole Ranch is located 1 mile east of the Headquarters Visitor Center off U.S. Highway 62/180. Visitors are welcome to drive to the ranch site year-round, walk the grounds, see the spring house and one-room school, or enjoy a picnic under large shade trees. A small museum is located in the old ranch house, and is staffed intermittently with hours generally from 8 am to 4 pm. The museum features key information and exhibits on local history.

Directions

Driving

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in far West Texas on U.S. Highway 62/180. The driving distance is 110 miles east of El Paso, Texas, or 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Visitors traveling to Dog Canyon, on the park's north side, can access the area via New Mexico State Road 137.

Flying

The closest large commercial airline service is El Paso, Texas. Other airlines serve Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lubbock and Midland, Texas and Mesa Airlines offers passenger service between Albuquerque and Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(915) 828-3251

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