Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas is one of the newer parks in the country. It’s home to Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in all of Texas at 8,749 feet. The park also has the ruins of an old stagecoach station, and the restored Frijole Ranch which hosts a museum of ranching history. The park is in the same mountain range as Carlsbad Caverns, 25 miles to the north.
In part because the park is newer, there are fewer amenities than other national parks. Plan on filling your gas tank before arriving, and bring your own food to eat as there are no restaurants. Cell phone service is also very unreliable. However, all of this also means you’re guaranteed more solitude and fewer crowds than if you headed to a park with more conveniences.
As with many mountain areas, weather can change quickly. During the spring and summer months, temperatures during the day are often between 70-80 ° F, and evening lows are between 40-60 ° F. In fall and winter, highs are in the 50’s-60’s and dip at night to 30-50 ° F.
Towns around the Guadalupe Mountains are few and far between, but there are some fun and unique places to visit. The park is near the border of Texas and New Mexico and you can take side trips to learn more about everything from green chiles to UFO activity.
There are plenty of activities to do inside the park as well. From hiking and backpacking to horseback riding to stargazing, you’ll find plenty of ways to appreciate the natural beauty of west Texas. Along with self-led activities, there are planned events at the park as well. You can find a full calendar of park activities here.
- Spring 70-80 F
- Summer 70-80 F
- Fall 50-60s F
- Winter 30-60s F
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hiking Trails
There are a variety of trails in the park. Choose to wander next to a cool stream or find an outlook with a spectacular view of the desert. You can also find trails for every ability, from short paved trails to rocky scrambles up mountain peaks.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Pine Springs Trails
Guadalupe Mountains National Park McKittrick Canyon Trails
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Frijole Ranch Trails
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Dog Canyon Trailhead
Things to do Outside Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Although there is no food available in the park, you can find several places to eat in the surrounding towns. Grab a green chile burger or some delicious local Mexican food, do some shopping in Carlsbad, or take a trip to the International UFO Museum.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
There are two campgrounds within the park that offer RV camping, but neither one has hookups or dump stations. There are also more options for camping in the towns nearby on either side of the park.
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How to get to Guadalupe Mountains National Park
The Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in far West Texas on US Highway 62/180, 110 miles east of El Paso and 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, N.M.
You can also travel to and around the area in a rental RV. Renting an RV allows you to travel comfortably and at your own pace. Whether you rent an RV at home and drive to the park or fly into the area and rent an RV closer to your destination, there’s an option for you!
While there are only two first-come, first-serve campgrounds in the park, there are plenty of options nearby. Be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time to make sure you have a place to stay.
If you’re driving from El Paso, head east on I-10 to US 180E/US 62E and into the park. If you’re approaching from Carlsbad, take 285S to US 180E/US62E. If you’re headed to the Dog Canyon area on the north side of the park, take New Mexico State Road 137.
If you choose to fly to the area, the closest large airport is in El Paso. You can also fly to Albuquerque, Lubbock, or Midland, TX. Mesa Airlines also offers smaller flights between Albuquerque and Carlsbad.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Guadalupe National Park is accessible for disabled visitors. The visitor centers are all accessible, along with the Pinery Trail, the Manzanita Spring Trail and the Frijole Ranch picnic area.
Yes, pets are allowed at Guadalupe National Park. They are allowed on established roadsides, in parking areas, in developed picnic areas, and in campgrounds. They are prohibited in park buildings, restrooms, in the backcountry, and on most park trails.
There are three developed campgrounds at Guadalupe National Park that are open year-round. The campgrounds have both tent and RV camping.
Guadalupe National Park is 135 square miles, or 86,367 acres large. The park is an uplifted marine fossil reef in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Spring and fall are the best time of year to visit Guadalupe National Park. The weather is pleasant in both spring and fall, and visitors will miss the crowds of more popular times of year.
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