• 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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  • Williams Ranch Road Closed

    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.

Day Hikes

A favorite hike for many visitors is through McKittrick Canyon to the Hunter Line Cabin.
During late October or early November, fall colors and cooler temperatures make for excellent hiking conditions.
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Over 80 miles of hiking trails offer easy nature walks through desert flora; more moderate hikes follow canyons and reach riparian oases, and strenuous all day hikes can take you into high country forest or to the "Top of Texas". Each is unique - the magic of Guadalupe Mountains National Park awaits you. More...

Protect Park Resources

Protection of park resources is everyone's responsibility. Please contribute to the conservation efforts.

  • Stay on the trail; cutting switchbacks causes unnecessary erosion.
  • Carry out all litter, including cigarette butts, and toilet paper.
  • Removal of any resource is illegal. Take nothing except memories and photographs; leave only footprints.

Visit Safely

Consider the climate, consider the terrain, and prepare to enjoy both.

  • Bring food and plenty of water.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat.
  • Carry a trail map.
  • Anticipate sudden weather changes and pack protective clothing such as rain gear.

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.