• 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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  • McKittrick Canyon and Salt Basin Dunes Closed

    McKittrick Canyon and the Salt Basin Dunes area is closed until further notice. Heavy rains have caused flooding and trail damage in the park. For more information on closures call 915-828-3251.

Management

Manzanita Spring at the Frijole Ranch

Manzanita Spring at the Frijole Ranch.

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While enjoying their experience at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, visitors rarely consider what operating a national park entails. Some visitors may stop by the Visitor Center for assistance in planning their visit, may attend a ranger-led program, or may encounter a ranger out on patrol or a trail crew maintaining a trail, but many do not see the management and support personnel who are essential to the operation of the park.

Learn more about how our park works from our management documents located in the Park Planning section. Click on the links below to see information on much of the "behind-the-scenes" operation of Guadalupe Mountains National Park and to learn about our plans for the future of the park.

Planning, Environment and Public Comment
Each person has an important perspective on the management of Guadalupe Mountains National Park and can make a unique contribution to the planning process that will help the National Park Service produce better planning documents. The National Park Service has developed a web-based tool, the Planning, Environment and Public Comment site (PEPC), for informing the public about projects and plans that are being considered or developed.
This system will allow people to gain access to current plans and related documents that are available for review and open for comment. Public comments can be submitted through the PEPC system. The public will also be able to access schedules for particular projects as well as specific information about public meetings. While the PEPC system will become the primary vehicle to submit and review comments on planning efforts and projects, the park will continue to accept comments from the public as it always has, by mail, fax, and e-mail.

Documents Open for Public Review

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    Other Plans and Projects

    An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.

    Did You Know?

    Flowers of the desert willow are perfectly formed for the fat, rounded bodies of bees.

    The long narrow leaves of the desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) gives it its common name, but it is not a true willow. It is beautiful when in bloom, and provides valuable nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other insects.