Parking

A uniformed ranger in a yellow safety vest talks to the occupants of a pickup at the front of a long line of cars
Holidays and weekends in the fall and spring often mean all available parking at Pine Springs fills to capacity.

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Plenty of Trails; limited parking

While the trails never fill to capacity, on a busy weekend parking may be in short supply by the mid-morning, if you are planning a hike from the Pine Springs Trailhead. Of the access points on the east side of the park, Pine Springs has the largest available parking. In the fall and spring, have a backup plan for a trail from another location.

 

Dog Canyon Trailhead

31.9936814071, -104.834114319
SPACES
8 Total
1 Oversized
Entrance Fee Required
While there is no cost to park, entrance fees apply to all park users. The entrance fee is $10.00 per person for visitors 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. All federal lands passes are issued and accepted at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Cost: $10.00
Standard Hours
Sun: Open 24 hours
Mon: Open 24 hours
Tue: Open 24 hours
Wed: Open 24 hours
Thu: Open 24 hours
Fri: Open 24 hours
Sat: Open 24 hours
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: No
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 0
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 0
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 0
Total number of spaces: 8
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 1
   
   
The nearest accessible parking to the trailhead is located at the Dog Canyon Campground and Ranger Station.
 

Frijole Ranch

31.90662, -104.80155
SPACES
19 Total
3 Oversized
This is trailhead parking for the Smith Springs, Frijole, and Foothills trails as well as access to the historic Frijole Ranch museum. There are a total of 16 car parking spaces, plus 2 accessible spaces. Large vehicle parking is along the outside edge of the parking lot. The road and parking lot are gravel and accessible by all vehicles.
Entrance Fees Required
While there is no cost to park, entrance fees apply to all park users. The entrance fee is $10.00 per person for visitors 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. All federal lands passes are issued and accepted at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Cost: $10.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From sunrise to sunset
Mon: From sunrise to sunset
Tue: From sunrise to sunset
Wed: From sunrise to sunset
Thu: From sunrise to sunset
Fri: From sunrise to sunset
Sat: From sunrise to sunset
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: No
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 2
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 2
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 2
Total number of spaces: 19
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 3
   
   
 

McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center and Trailhead

31.97728, -104.75208
SPACES
40 Total
9 Oversized
This parking area serves the visitor center and trailhead at McKittrick Canyon.
Entrance Fees Required
While there is no cost to park, entrance fees apply to all park users. The entrance fee is $10.00 per person for visitors 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. All federal lands passes are issued and accepted at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Cost: $10.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Mon: From 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Tue: From 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Wed: From 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Thu: From 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Fri: From 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Sat: From 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Much of the year McKittrick Canyon is lightly used. Exceptions are the fall colors season in October and November as well as spring weekends.

Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 4
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 2
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 0
Total number of spaces: 40
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 9
   
   
 

Pine Springs Trailhead

31.8965, -104.82819
SPACES
24 Total
0 Oversized
This is trailhead parking is for Guadalupe Peak, Devil's Hall, Bowl, and El Capitan trails. Trailhead parking are the non-numbered spaces. There are a total of 24 car parking spaces, plus 2 accessible spaces. Overflow parking and parking for RV's can be found at the Pine Springs Visitor Center Parking Lot. A short trail from the visitor center through the campground connects the two locations.
Entrance Fees Required
While there is no cost to park, entrance fees apply to all park users. The entrance fee is $10.00 per person for visitors 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. All federal lands passes are issued and accepted at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Cost: $10.00
Standard Hours
Sun: Open 24 hours
Mon: Open 24 hours
Tue: Open 24 hours
Wed: Open 24 hours
Thu: Open 24 hours
Fri: Open 24 hours
Sat: Open 24 hours
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 2
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 2
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 2
Total number of spaces: 24
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
   
   
 

Pine Springs Visitor Center

31.89341, -104.82262
SPACES
47 Total
12 Oversized
This is parking for the Pine Springs Visitor Center and the Pinery Nature Trail. This is also overflow parking for the Pine Springs Trailhead Parking. Parking for RV's can be found here. Note: when parking for cars becomes full, cars are allowed to started parking in the RV spots.
Entrance Fees Required
While there is no cost to park, entrance fees apply to all park users. The entrance fee is $10.00 per person for visitors 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. All federal lands passes are issued and accepted at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Cost: $10.00
Standard Hours
Sun: Open 24 hours
Mon: Open 24 hours
Tue: Open 24 hours
Wed: Open 24 hours
Thu: Open 24 hours
Fri: Open 24 hours
Sat: Open 24 hours
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 3
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 3
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 3
Total number of spaces: 47
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 12
   
   
 

Salt Basin Dunes Trailhead

31.924, -105.00619
SPACES
11 Total
3 Oversized
The surface of the access road is clay. During rainy weather, the road becomes dangerously slippery; it is unsafe to travel when wet. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Watch for livestock on the roadway.
Entrance Fees
The entrance fee is $10.00 per person for visitors 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. All federal lands passes are issued and accepted at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Cost: $10.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From sunrise to sunset
Mon: From sunrise to sunset
Tue: From sunrise to sunset
Wed: From sunrise to sunset
Thu: From sunrise to sunset
Fri: From sunrise to sunset
Sat: From sunrise to sunset
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 1
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 1
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 0
Total number of spaces: 11
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 3
   
   
 

Last updated: September 7, 2021

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