Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Trails in Guadalupe Mountains

Devil's Hall Trail

Located at the Pine Springs Trailhead you begin this hike at the streambed of Pine Springs canyon, next you climb the natural rock of the Hiker's Staircase, to the finale - the Devil's Hall. This rocky trail has very little elevation gain, and leads you through maples, ponderosa pine ...

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El Capitan/Salt Basin Overlook Trails

Located at the Pine Springs Trailhead this trail leads through Chihuahuan desert to the base of El Capitan at the southern end of the Guadalupe mountian range. Hikers should follow the El Capitan Trail and the Salt Basin Overlook Trail. Return to Pine Springs campground via the El Capitan ...

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Frijole/Foothills Trails

Located at the Pine Springs Trailhead the Frijole and Foothills trails make a connecting loop between Pine Springs campground and Frijole Ranch. Start at either end. Observe Chihuahuan desert vegetation and nice distant vistas. Not frequently traveled, this trail offers an enjoyable walk of solitude. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, HC ...

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Guadalupe Peak Trail

This trail begins at the Pine Springs Trailhead. On a clear day, the view from the "Top of Texas" (8,749 feet, 2,667 meters) is outstanding. The trail is very steep, but is well established. Some areas are exposed to cliff edges. The trail is rated strenuous and has a ...

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Indian Meadow Nature Trail

A free trail guide offers information and insights on the natural and cultural history of the meadow and the surrounding area. The trail is .6 mile; at a leisure pace it takes 30-45 minutes. The trail is rated easy as it remains almost level after crossing an ...

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Lost Peak Trail

Follow the Tejas Trail through open meadow and into the canyon bottom, that is lined on either side by alligator juniper, ponderosa pine, chinkapin oak and big tooth maple. Shortly ahead you will begin climbing up toward Lost Peak, gaining 1540 feet in elevation. At the summit the trail ...

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Manzanita Spring (only)

Begin this relaxed walk by turning right behind the Frijole Ranch History Museum and follow the short, paved trail to Manzanita Spring (.2 mile). Return to Frijole Ranch on the same path. The trail is wheelchair accessible. Manzanita Spring is an excellent desert watering hole for park wildlife and ...

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Marcus Overlook

Follow the Bush Mountain Trail to Manzanita Ridge. Once on top, the trail abruptly levels off for a short distance. Stop at the point where the trail drops steeply, and enjoy the view down West Dog Canyon. Turn back here and return to Dog Canyon along the same route. ...

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McKittrick Canyon Nature Trail

Traveling clockwise, this fascinating, short trail passes an intermittent seep that lies hidden in junipers, then wanders up a southwest slope along an arroyo. Here, plants and animals tolerate true desert conditions. Trailside exhibits describe common plants, and reference wildland fire. At the top of the trail you can ...

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McKittrick Ridge

If you have the endurance and the time, take the right fork at the Grotto trail junction and continue toward McKittrick Ridge. This arduous hike takes you up the steepest trail in the park. In a mile or so the trail passes through "The Notch", where there is a ...

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Permian Reef Trail

For serious geology buffs, this trail has numbered stops along the way that correspond to a comprehensive geology guide (available at the park's Headquarters Visitor Center). There are excellent views looking down into McKittrick Canyon from the top of Wilderness Ridge. The trail is 8.4 miles round-trip, and is ...

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Pratt Cabin

Enjoy the shortest distance into the heart of the canyon by hiking to Pratt Cabin and return (a distance of 4.8 miles). Along this walk you will cross the stream twice before arriving at the historic structure. Enjoy a snack or lunch at the picnic tables near or at ...

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Smith Spring Trail

You may follow this loop trail in either direction, but please sign in at the trailhead, and pay your entrance fee before beginning your hike. A trail guide is available for this walk. The trail is rated moderate, with a round-trip distance of 2.3 miles. Allow one to two ...

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The Bowl Trail

Located at the Pine Springs Trailhead, a beautiful coniferous forest of pine and Douglas fir covers the high ridges and canyons, and awaits those who are willing to hike up 2500 feet from the Chihuahuan desert below. The remnants of wildland fire are still evident along sections of the ...

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The Grotto

As you continue your hike beyond Pratt Cabin to the Grotto, the forest becomes denser as the trail runs parallel to the stream. Rainbow trout are visible in the clear water. At the junction ahead (approximately 1 mile), take the left fork to go to the Grotto. There, the ...

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