Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park near Carlsbad, New Mexico in western Texas. The park was first established in 1972 on September 30 and is host to almost 160,000 vistors annually and covers almost 135 square miles. Canyons and sand dunes are the two natural features that draw visitors. The Mescalero Apaches lived in the area until around 1860 when people started heading west and building settlements. Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in the range and lies in Texas although part of the range spans into New Mexico. The park also contains some grassland and desert areas. McKittrick Canyon is a popular feature of the park and is known for it's beautiful display of foliage as it's deciduous trees during the transition from summer to fall.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Info


Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Cave Fossils Exhibition Opens in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is partnering with the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) for their Cave Fossils exhibition October 27, 2018 – February 1, 2019. The exhibition will feature an NPS exhibit Cave Paleontology and cave fossil specimens from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History collection in Washington, D.C.

Fall Historic Preservation Workshop at Pratt Cabin

Guadalupe Mountains National Park will close the historic Pratt Cabin in McKittrick Canyon for the second historic preservation workshop that will take place in 2018. The cabin will be closed from October 16th – 18th

Guadalupe Mountains Paleontological Resource Protection Conference for Law Enforcement

Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) will offer a Paleontological Resource Protection Conference for local, state and federal law enforcement professionals. The conference will take place at the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, located at 400 Cascades Avenue, Carlsbad, New Mexico, in the John Heaton Building, located at 400-1 Cascades Avenue, Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s 2019 Annual Youth Poster Contest

Guadalupe Mountains National Park announces its annual youth poster contest with this year’s theme - “Holey Landscape: The World of Caves and Karst.” This year, in partnership with the National Cave Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, we will be hosting several workshops and park events to provide opportunities for youth to learn more about caves and karst features. Check the park website at www.nps.gov/gumo to download a cave and karst education packet and for workshop and event dates. 

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Photos

Argiam plana, Springwater Dancer

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Argiam plana, Springwater Dancer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Argiam plana, Springwater Dancer

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Argiam plana, Springwater Dancer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Argiam plana, Springwater Dancer

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Argiam plana, Springwater Dancer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Hesperagrion heterodoxum, Painted Damsel

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Hesperagrion heterodoxum, Painted Damsel

Manzanita Springs at Frijole Ranch, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Hesperagrion heterodoxum, Painted Damsel

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Hesperagrion heterodoxum, Painted Damsel

Manzanita Springs at Frijole Ranch, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Satyrium polingi, Poling's Hairstreak

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Satyrium polingi, Poling's Hairstreak

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Argia hinei, Lavender Dancer

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Argia hinei, Lavender Dancer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Cophosaurus texanus texanus, Texas Greater Earless-Lizard

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Cophosaurus texanus texanus, Texas Greater Earless-Lizard

Manzanita Springs at Frijole Ranch, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Argia hinei, Lavender Dancer

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Argia hinei, Lavender Dancer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Argia lugens, Sooty Dancer

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Argia lugens, Sooty Dancer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Oncorhynchus mykiss, Rainbow Trout

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Oncorhynchus mykiss, Rainbow Trout

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Rhionaeschna multicolor, Blue-eyed Darner

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Rhionaeschna multicolor, Blue-eyed Darner

Manzanita Springs at Frijole Ranch, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Leptotes marina, Marine Blue

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Leptotes marina, Marine Blue

Manzanita Springs at Frijole Ranch, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Satyrium polingi, Poling's Hairstreak

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Satyrium polingi, Poling's Hairstreak

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Argia hinei, Lavender Dancer

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Argia hinei, Lavender Dancer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Libellula saturata, Flame Skimmer

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Libellula saturata, Flame Skimmer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Paltothemis lineatipes, Red Rock Skimmer

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Paltothemis lineatipes, Red Rock Skimmer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Argia lugens, Sooty Dancer

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Argia lugens, Sooty Dancer

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas

Satyrium polingi, Poling's Hairstreak

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Satyrium polingi, Poling's Hairstreak

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County Texas