• 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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  • Partial park closures from flood damage.

    Most trails and roads in the park have reopened. Current closures include the Frijole Foothills Loop, McKittrick Ridge, the northern El Capitan Trail section leading to Williams Ranch, and the Salt Basin Dunes Road. Call 915-828-3251 for info.

Area Attractions

Queen's Chamber - Image by Jones

The Queen's Chamber

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Be sure visit our sister park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It is located South of Carlsbad, NM. It is a great park to visit and take in the awe of a cave system. From the large "Natural Entrance," to the evening bat flight, it has many wonders to enjoy.

 

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

At the northern edge of Carlsbad, New Mexico sits a hidden treasure. Home to more than 40 native animal species and hundreds of succulent plants from around the world. While on the 1.3 mile self-guided tour, visitors discover many faces of the Chihuahuan Desert, from sand dunes and pygmy forest to the desert floor.

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.