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.
Ten Essentials Plus One
Carrying the Ten Essentials (plus one) with you can help you be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes, or unexpected delays.
Human Waste in the Wilderness
Nothing can spoil a hike as quickly as the discovery of toilet paper. Always use the restroom before hiking. Pack out your toilet paper.
What To Know Before You Go
As with most activities, the more you know before you start your hike, the more likely you will have a good experience
A network of trails throughout the park provides many opportunities to explore and find your challenge.
Hiking with a Group
To limit impacts on the landscape and other visitors, a special use permit is required for day hiking groups with more than twenty persons.
Any person or persons planning to hike off trail in the park must obtain a Special Use Permit before they attempt the hike.
McKittrick Canyon Day Hikes
McKittrick Canyon is the heart of the park and offers trails to dramatic landscapes, foliage, and the high-country.
Pine Springs Day Hikes
Pine Springs is the starting point for the Guadalupe Peak Trail and other beginning hikes into the high-country of the park.
Hike to "the Top of Texas"
The trail to the summit of Guadalupe Peak is a rewarding, and very strenuous, 8.5 mile round trip hike with a 3,000 foot elevation gain.
Hike to the Salt Basin Dunes
The west side of the mountains offers remote hiking and access to the Salt Basin Sand Dunes.
Frijole Ranch Day Hikes
A number of short trails and access to the high-country all begin near the historic Frijole Ranch.
Dog Canyon Day Hikes
Trails from Dog Canyon offer excellent access, with relatively easy grades, to the Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness.
Last updated: June 2, 2023