Thing to Do

Pinery Trail

Two people walk a paved path through a bright desert landscape
Visitors on the Pinery Trail.

NPS Photo

Discover the desert as you walk from the Visitor Center to the ruins of the Pinery Station. The accessible Pinery Trail offers visitors an opportunity to take a quick walk on a paved trail. The trail also features ruins of the Old Butterfield Stagecoach Route Pinery Station built in 1858.

Distance: 0.75 miles (1.2 km) round-trip, out and back
Elevation Change: 40 feet
Time Estimate: 20-30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Trail Type: Paved

Leashed pets are allowed on this trail.
20-30 Minutes
Leashed pets are allowed on this trail. Opportunities for pets are very limited in the park.
The Pinery Trail begins either at the Visitor Center Trailhead or the Butterfield pull-off on Highway 62/180.
Year Round
Time of Day
Day, Dawn, Dusk
Accessibility Information

From the visitor center to the Pinery, this trail is paved and fully accessible. 


All trailhead areas have accessible parking available. 

Service animals 

Only service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities are allowed in the park and on trails.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

A map and chart of a trail
Map and elevation chart for the Pinery Trail.

Last updated: December 20, 2022