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

    Guadalupe Mountains

    National Park Texas

Backpacking

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For those who enjoy a challenge, steep rugged, trails lead backpackers
to high ridgetops with outstanding vistas.
NPS Photo - Martin Christiansen
 
With over 80 miles of hiking trails and 10 backcountry campgrounds, Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers outstanding backpacking opportunities. All backpackers must obtain a backcountry use permit and pay an entrance fee prior to entering the backcountry. All trips require preparation. Improper equipment, poor conditioning, and disregard for unpredictable weather changes can result in an unpleasant or dangerous outing. Respect for the land you hike through will protect the park for you and future visitors. To assist with your planning, you can download a mileage chart here and list of elevations for the park here.

Did You Know?

Indian Paintbrush

The fiery, red-orange tips of the Indian Paintbrush are bracts of the plant that conceal the actual flowers. Most if not all paintbrush species are hemiparisitic, and depend on other plants to supply water and nutrients.