• The Western Escarpment of the Guadalupes rises above the white gypsum sands of the desert floor.

    Guadalupe Mountains

    National Park Texas

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  • Trails and Roads are Closed

    Currently, ALL trails are closed EXCEPT Guadalupe Peak. McKittrick Canyon, Frijole Ranch and the Williams Ranch Road are all closed due to high water levels. Dark Canyon Rd (Highway 408) leading to Dog Canyon is also closed. For info call 915-828-3251

Reptiles

Western Diamondback rattlesnakes are one of 5 species of rattlers found in the park.
A coiled Western Diamondback rattler patiently waits for suitable prey to pass by.
NPS Photo - Cookie Ballou
 
Many people restrict the term wildlife for animals that have fur or feathers. By doing so, they overlook some of the animals best adapted to the desert and most likely to be seen. When the mind conjures images of the desert, lizards basking on rocks, or rattlesnakes coiled at the base of shrubs are often part of that picture. These archetypal images are only part of the story. As you explore the park and discover how different it is from desert expanses that surround it, you will find reptiles displaying fascinating behaviors and a beautiful array of patterns and forms worthy of the attention of any wildlife lover.

Did You Know?

Butterflyweed attracts many species of butterflies with its bright orange flowers and sugary nectar.

Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), was a significant medicinal source for physicians in the late 19th century who used it extensively as an expectorant and to treat smallpox. It bright-orange blossoms produce an irresistible nectar for butterflies, and thus its common name.