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

    Guadalupe Mountains

    National Park Texas

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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Trails

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?

Desert coyotes are fairly common in the park

Desert coyotes feed on delicacies such as crickets, quail, cactus fruits, rodents, and carrion. Weighing half as much as coyotes elsewhere, they have shorter, thinner, and paler fur which not only blends with the barren landscape, but also helps dissipate heat.