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

    Guadalupe Mountains

    National Park Texas

Things To Know Before You Come

Accessibility

Facilities

  • The Pine Springs Visitor Center and rest rooms are accessible for persons with mobility impairments.
  • The Frijole Ranch History Museum is also accessible, but there are no restrooms at this location.
  • The McKittrick Canyon Contact Station is also accessible for persons with mobility impairments.

Trails
The .3 mile Pinery Trail from the Pine Springs Visitor Center to the Butterfield Stage Ruins is paved (but has a slight grade), while the .2 mile trail to Manzanita Spring from the Frijole Ranch History Museum is both paved and level.

Goods and Services
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a remote, rugged wilderness park located in far West Texas on U.S. Highway 62/180, between El Paso, Texas and Carlsbad, New Mexico. While isolation and solitude are desirable traits of the park, facilities and services within and near the park are extremely limited. There are no restaurants, service stations, convenience stores, or overnight lodging (except camping) available in the park. The closest location for ice, groceries, showers, and lodging is 35 miles east in White's City, NM. Gasoline is also available there, or 32 miles west of the park on U.S. 62/180. Consider the park's remote location; plan your trip wisely and bring everything with you.

Additional services, including restaurants, service stations, motels, and RV parks with hook-ups and dump station, and ATM machines are available in Van Horn, Texas, 65 miles south on Texas State Highway 54, or Carlsbad, New Mexico, 56 miles east on U.S. Highway 62/180.

Weather and Climate
Visitors may generally expect relatively hot summers, calm mild autumn weather and cool to cold weather in winter and early spring. Snow storms, freezing rain, or fog may occur in winter or early spring. Frequent high wind warnings are issued winter through spring. Late summer monsoons produce thunderstorms. Cool nights, even in summer.
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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.