• 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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    The Williams Ranch Road is currently closed due to flood damage. All trails in the park are currently open. For more information on closures call 915-828-3251.

Getting Around

The approach to Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers many scenic vantage points.

A glimpse of the Guadalupes through sandstone boulders on the desert floor has invited many a photo moment.

Photo Credit - Dustin Nelson

Although the approach to Guadalupe Mountains National Park from any direction offers a spectacular view of the towering mountain range and its vast surrounding desert, once you reach the park, there are no scenic drives through its interior. Park roads only provide access to the Pine Springs Visitor Center and Pine Springs Campground, the McKittrick Canyon Contact Station, Frijole Ranch, Williams Ranch (4X4 only), Dog Canyon, and trailheads.

Most visitors enjoy the park by hiking along one of over 80 miles of trails. There are two trails that are short, paved and easy, several that are level, but rocky (rated moderate), and many long hikes that are steep, rugged, and strenuous. Trails lead to Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, around the base of El Capitan, up into the highcountry, and into McKittrick Canyon. Self-guided nature trails are located at McKittrick Canyon (McKittrick Canyon Nature Trail), the Pine Springs Visitor Center (Pinery Trail), and at Dog Canyon (Indian Meadow Trail).

Did You Know?

Western Scrub-Jays are a common bird in the Guadalupes.

More than 300 bird species are known to frequent Guadalupe Mountains National Park; there are more than 40 species alone that nest in McKittrick Canyon. With several unique life zones and a myriad of habitats, the park is a birder's paradise.