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96 mi 154 km of trail 3 Featured Hikes

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park is home to one of the world's premier examples of a fossil reef from the Permian Era. The park is known for its extensive trail network in one of the nation's most pristine wilderness areas. Best known for its unique history, geology, and ecology, the park also boasts the four highest peaks in Texas and a diverse array of flora and fauna. Birding, history, and many other learning opportunities wait visitors in the mountains, canyons, deserts, and dunes of this hidden gem of West Texas.

To learn more about Guadalupe Mountains National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers
Hours may vary by season and staffing. Check the park's website for current operating hours.
  • Pine Springs Visitor Center: Open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm (closed Christmas).
  • Frijole Ranch Museum: Staffed intermittently. General hours 8 am to 4:30 pm.
  • McKittrick Canyon Contact Station: Staffed intermittently. Entrance gate open from 8 am to 4:30 pm (MST) and open until 6 pm during daylight savings time.
  • Dog Canyon Ranger Station: Staffed intermittently.

Visiting Tips

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is open year-round and offers a variety of outdoor activities including backpacking, camping, and hiking. While most trails and both of the park's campgrounds are available for use anytime, park facilities have posted hours, and several park locations are designated as day-use only. To find a list of the various park locations and their operating hours, click here.
Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Guadalupe Mountains operates two front country campgrounds. More information on campgrounds can be found here. Individual campsites are all at a first come, first served basis. Group campsites are available by reservation for groups of 10-20 people up to 60 days in advance by calling the Pine Springs Visitor Center at 915-828-3251.

  • Pine Springs Campground: 20 tent sites, 20 RV sites (accommodates up to 50 feet), and 1 stock corral site.
  • Dog Canyon Campground: 9 tent sites, 4 RV sites, 1 stock corral site.

Additionally, the park offers ten backcountry campgrounds for backpackers. More information about each of these sites can be found here.

There is no lodging in the park. The closest lodging options are Dell City, TX or Whites City, NM.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or stores located within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Water is available at trailheads and visitor centers. Visitors can enjoy the park's picnic areas at Frijole Ranch, Headquarters Visitor Center parking lot, near the restrooms in the Pine Springs Campground, at the McKittrick Canyon contact station, and at Dog Canyon. Note that open fires using wood or charcoal are prohibited anywhere within the park. You may cook with self-contained gas or propane stoves only. There are grills available at the 3 state rest areas located just outside the park.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

The park is a wonderful place to look at fossils and learn about Permian Age geology, enjoy bird watching and wildlife observation, delve into nature photography, or enjoy unlimited opportunities for stargazing under pristine night skies. Whether spending the night at one of the park's campgrounds or expanding your tour of the park on horseback, the stunning natural backdrop of Gudalupe Mountains will not disappoint. Consider including a visit to one or more of the locations listed on here.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

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Pine Springs, TX
4.2 mi 6.7 km Pine Springs, TX
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98 days ago
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1.9 mi 3.1 km
#2 Devil's Hall Trail
Pine Springs, TX
1.9 mi 3.1 km Pine Springs, TX
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86 days ago
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Pine Springs, TX
11.0 mi 17.7 km Pine Springs, TX
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11.9 mi 19.1 km
#4 Bush Mountain Trail
Pine Springs, TX
11.9 mi 19.1 km Pine Springs, TX
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12.1 mi 19.5 km
#5 Tejas Trail
Pine Springs, TX
12.1 mi 19.5 km Pine Springs, TX
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1.8 mi 2.9 km
#6 Bear Canyon Trail
Pine Springs, TX
1.8 mi 2.9 km Pine Springs, TX
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0.6 mi 0.9 km
#7 The Pinery Trail
Pine Springs, TX
0.6 mi 0.9 km Pine Springs, TX
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86 days ago
2.4 mi 3.8 km
#8 Smith Spring Trail
Pine Springs, TX
2.4 mi 3.8 km Pine Springs, TX
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Pine Springs, TX
4.8 mi 7.7 km Pine Springs, TX
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#10 Stock Trail
Pine Springs, TX
0.7 mi 1.1 km Pine Springs, TX
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Pine Springs, TX
1.4 mi 2.3 km Pine Springs, TX
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3.1 mi 5.0 km
#12 Bowl Trail
Pine Springs, TX
3.1 mi 5.0 km Pine Springs, TX
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Pine Springs, TX
0.9 mi 1.4 km Pine Springs, TX
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Pine Springs, TX
3.6 mi 5.7 km Pine Springs, TX
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3.9 mi 6.3 km
#15 Marcus Trail
Pine Springs, TX
3.9 mi 6.3 km Pine Springs, TX
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#16 Blue Ridge Trail
Pine Springs, TX
2.0 mi 3.2 km Pine Springs, TX
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#17 Juniper Trail
Pine Springs, TX
2.0 mi 3.3 km Pine Springs, TX
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#18 Frijole Trail
Pine Springs, TX
2.1 mi 3.4 km Pine Springs, TX
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Pine Springs, TX
0.7 mi 1.1 km Pine Springs, TX
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2.4 mi 3.8 km
#20 Foothills Trail
Pine Springs, TX
2.4 mi 3.8 km Pine Springs, TX
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Pine Springs, TX
0.4 mi 0.7 km Pine Springs, TX
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9.4 mi 15.1 km
#22 El Capitan Trail
Pine Springs, TX
9.4 mi 15.1 km Pine Springs, TX
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Pine Springs, TX
12.7 mi 20.5 km Pine Springs, TX
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