• 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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  • McKittrick Canyon and Salt Basin Dunes Closed

    McKittrick Canyon and the Salt Basin Dunes area is closed until further notice. Heavy rains have caused flooding and trail damage in the park. 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?

Nesting Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are often described as "flying jewels" – for good reason. Most males have feathers in their gorgets which shine with a rich, jewel-like iridescence when light hits them. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is host to at least 8 species of hummingbirds, 4 of which are known to nest here.