Hiking in the desert requires some planning ahead of time to ensure a safe and successful hike. Make sure to always:
- Carry plenty of water. There is no water available in the front or backcountry. Make sure to carry at least one gallon per person, per day.
- Dress appropriately. Wear sunscreen, hats, long sleeve shirts and long pants.
- Hike during appropriate times. Make sure to start early in the day to avoid the mid-day summer heat.
- Know the signs of heat-related illnesses: dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Trails in the Guadalupe Mountains vary in difficulty and require some form of preparation.
- Carry a map and compass/gps. Make sure that you know how to use them.
- Always let someone know your plans. Make sure they know where you are going and when you will return.
- Carry a pack with appropriate gear: water, flashlight, map, etc.
Weather in the mountains cam be unpredictable. Make sure to check the weather before leaving for your hike. Summer days can bring high temperatures and beware of quickly oncoming thunderstorms. If you see lightning, move quickly to a safe place. Avoid hilltops, ridges, and flat open areas.