Field Trips

When planning a field trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, please notify the park’s Education Outreach Coordinator well in advance of your visit. The park may be able to offer a ranger-led activity or at least meet with your group for a talk.

Begin your visit at the Headquarters Visitor Center at Pine Springs, located on U.S. Highway 62/180, 110 miles east of El Paso, Texas or 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The visitor center has interesting exhibits on the park’s natural and cultural history, a 12-minute orientation slide program, a touch screen "electronic ranger", and a variety of hand-outs and brochures. Area information and maps are available here as well. For groups with limited time to spend at the visitor center, there is a "scavenger hunt" activity sheet for students to work through that teaches students about the park's flora, fauna, and geology. If you have more time, you may want your students participate in the Junior Ranger program. Just outside the door is a short .75 mile round trip nature trail that leads to the ruins of the Pinery, a station on the Butterfield Overland Mail stage route.

Entrance Fees and Fee Waivers:
Entrance fees can be waived for educational groups whose proposed visit relates directly to resources found only in the park. Groups must provide documentation of educational status on official letterhead, and a written explanation of what the purpose entails. Download and complete the Fee Waiver Form and fax with all supporting documentation to: 915-828-3269.
There is a $7.00 per person entrance fee for individuals 16 and over.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact:

Education Outreach Coordinator
c/o Guadalupe Mountains National Park
400 Pine Canyon Road
Salt Flat, TX 79847
Phone (915) 828-3251 extension 2124
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    Last updated: March 9, 2019

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    400 Pine Canyon
    Salt Flat, TX 79847


    (915) 828-3251

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