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

    Guadalupe Mountains

    National Park Texas

Backpacking

Backpackers enjoy solitude in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
For those who enjoy a challenge, steep rugged, trails lead backpackers
to high ridgetops with outstanding vistas.
NPS Photo - Dave Bieri
 
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?

Desert coyotes are fairly common in the park

Desert coyotes feed on delicacies such as crickets, quail, cactus fruits, rodents, and carrion. Weighing half as much as coyotes elsewhere, they have shorter, thinner, and paler fur which not only blends with the barren landscape, but also helps dissipate heat.