• 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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  • Trail closures from flood damage.

    Three trails remain closed: Bear Canyon Trail, El Capitan Trail from the Pine Springs trailhead, and the Salt Basin Overlook Loop section that begins at Guadalupe Canyon. For more information please call 915-828-3251

Pine Springs Visitor Center


NPS Photo - Adam Butterick

The Pine Springs Visitor Center is the first place to start when arriving at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Inside you will find information regarding hiking trails, maps of the park, the Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains newspaper, backcountry permits, and of course, your passport cancellation station.

VC Bookstore

NPS Photo - Adam Butterick

The bookstore is also located in the Pine Springs Visitor Center. A friendly CCGMA (Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association) employee will be able to assist you in a selection of books, movies, water bottles, and collectibles.

VC Display

NPS Photo - Adam Butterick

Behind to bookstore you'll find a display of plants and animals from the low country desert to the high country pines. There's also a geologic times line and an electronic ranger touch-screen display for you to use to identify plants and animals. Don't forget to check the weather at our NOAA designed live weather station.

VC Theater

NPS Photo - Adam Butterick

Rest those tired feet from hiking and stretch out in our spacious theater to enjoy a 12-minute orientation film about Guadalupe Mountains. it will cover the geology, history, and importance of the park.

Did You Know?

Butterflyweed attracts many species of butterflies with its bright orange flowers and sugary nectar.

Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), was a significant medicinal source for physicians in the late 19th century who used it extensively as an expectorant and to treat smallpox. It bright-orange blossoms produce an irresistible nectar for butterflies, and thus its common name.