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

    Guadalupe Mountains

    National Park Texas

Fees & Reservations

Entrance Fees
The entrance fee is $5.00 per person for adults 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. Be sure to check our Fee Free days announcements via this link: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Fee envelopes are available at all trailheads or at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. Fees may be paid by credit card at the visitor center. Fill out the appropriate information on the front of the green fee envelope, place cash or credit card receipt in the envelope, seal, and remove the detachable stub. Deposit the fee envelope at any trailhead collection safe, and display the detachable stub on the vehicle dashboard.

Please Note: Senior, Access, Park, National Park, Golden Age and Golden Access Passes cover entrance fees, however, please fill out an envelope and write the pass type and number in the space provided. These envelopes are located at the Pine Springs Visitor Center and McKittrick Canyon, as well as at all the trailheads.

Backcountry Camping Permits
These permits are available free of charge at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. To obtain a backcountry permit please allow 10 to 15 minutes to complete the process. Due to the time involved, please be ready to begin the process at the visitor's center no later than 4:15 pm. Please be sure to have your driver's license ready, your itinerary (maps of the campsites are located here), and your vehicle's license plate number. This will help to expedite the process and have you ready for the trails!

*As you make your hiking plans, please note that staying in a backcountry camp site for more than three consecutive nights or having camp fires is prohibitied. There is water at the trailhead of Pine Springs, McKittrick Canyon, and Dog Canyon. There are no water stations along the trails and all park water sources are protected and must not be disturbed. Please plan to pack in all water needed for your hike. It is recommended to bring one gallon of water per person, per day.

Park Passes Accepted
The following NPS/Federal Recreational Lands Passes are issued and accepted at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

  • Guadalupe Mountains Annual Pass
    $20 - Allows unlimited entry to Guadalupe Mountains National Park for one year from the month of purchase.

  • National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
    $80 - Allows unlimited entry to all federal recreational lands for one year from the month of purchase.

  • Senior Pass
    $10 - Lifetime pass to all federal entrance fee areas for US citizens 62 years of age or older.

  • Access Pass
    Free - Lifetime pass to all federal entrance fee areas for permanently disabled persons.

  • Volunteer Pass
    Free - Allows unlimited entry to all federal recreational lands for one year from the month of issue for volunteers who have acquired 250 service hours on a cumulative basis.

Fee Waivers
Entrance fee waivers are available to groups when the purpose of their visit is educational rather than recreational. More...

 

Camping Fees

Family Camping
When you arrive, select a campsite, then pay at the self-registration board near the restrooms, or fees may be paid by credit card at the Headquarters Visitor Center. All sites are on a first come, first served basis. The fee is $8.00 per night per site, $4.00 for Golden Age/Senior and Golden Access/Access Passport holders. There is no discount for Golden Eagle or National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass holders.

Camping for Organized Groups
There are two group campsites available at Pine Springs, and one at Dog Canyon for organized groups with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 people per site. The fee is $3.00 per person. The fee for Golden Age/Senior and Golden Access/Access Pass holders is $1.50 per person. Group campsites are available by reservation up to 60 days in advance. Call (915) 828-3251 ext:2124, between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM daily, Mountain Standard Time. Due to the small size of park campgrounds, group campsite users may not overflow into family campsites.

 

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.