• 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.

Fee Waivers

Fee Waiver Application Guidelines

Granting of Entrance Fee Waivers:
Entrance fees can be waived for those groups who provide documentation of educational status on official letterhead, and whose proposed visit relates directly to resources found only in the park. A written explanation of what the purpose entails and how it relates to the park resource is required.

Granting of Campground Fee Waivers:
Section 71.13 (d), Code of Federal Regulations requires that: "The use of any recreational facilities for which a fee waiver is requested must relate directly to scientific or educational purposes of the visit and may not be primarily for recreational purposes." A National Park Service review of camping fee waivers concluded that camping is basically recreational in nature and generally not essential to a group achieving its educational goal and objectives. In general, requests for camping fee waivers are rarely granted, even for bona fide scientific or educational groups.

Qualification Standards:
School groups or outings conducted for educational or scientific purposes by schools or other bona fide educational institutions can qualify for an entrance fee waiver if they submit the following information:

  • A letter requesting waiver of entrance fees on official letterhead and signed by an official representative of the institution.
  • A statement which relates the purpose of the proposed visit to resources unique and specific to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, accompanied by lesson plans, course descriptions, daily activity schedules, etc., which indicate planned educational use of those resources inside the park.

Please complete the attached Fee Waiver Form and mail with all supporting documentation to:

Chief Ranger
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
400 Pine Canyon Road
Salt Flat,Texas 79847

For questions regarding any of the above, please call (915) 828-3251, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, MST.

Did You Know?

Big Tooth Maples turn color in the Guadalupes in late October or early November.

As the green chlorophyll pigment in an aging leaf disintegrates and disappears, other pigments or colors already within the leaf appear. For example, shades of yellow and orange, are caused by the presence of xanthophyll and carotin.