Hiking the trails in the Guadalupes
Learn more about hiking the diverse trail system in the largest wilderness area in Texas.
While no roads pass through the heart of the park, a series of roads lead to the mountains and provide access to the interior.
Backpacking in the Guadalupes
Begin here to plan your backpacking adventure, check out our recommended itineraries or create your own.
Learn about primitive tent and RV camping at the Pine Springs and Dog Canyon campgrounds.
Backpackers can choose from 10 designated campgrounds when planning a trip in the Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness.
Learn more about opportunities for camping and trail riding with stock in the park.
Bringing Horses and Stock
Overnight camping is authorized for permitted horse users at two locations in the park.
Fall Colors at Guadalupe Mountains
Experience Fall Colors by hiking in McKittrick Canyon. Shorter hikes to color can be found on the Smith Spring trail or along Devil’s Hall.
If time is a limiting factor in your visit, consider the following suggestions:
One Hour: Stop by the Pine Springs Visitor Center, walk through the museum, and walk the Pinery Nature Trail.
Half Day: Take the day to take one of our hikes in the park. Consider hiking the Smith Spring Trail (2.3 mi. round-trip), the Devil's Hall Trail (4.3 mi. round-trip), or the McKittrick Canyon Trail (5-7 mi. round-trip).
Full Day: Pick a day hike that can lead you into a riparian area or high up into the conifer forest. Common day hikes include the Guadalupe Peak Trail, the Bowl Trail, or the McKittrick Canyon Trail leading to the Grotto.
Last updated: October 25, 2022