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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News

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Proposes Fee Increases in 2018

Guadalupe Mountains National Park proposes entrance fee and camping fee increases in 2018. The public is invited to comment on this proposed increase through several outlets until December 15, 2017.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park announces 3rd annual Youth Poster Contest

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of National Trails Day, Guadalupe Mountains National Park invites youth to share moments from their favorite trail memory as part of their 3rd Annual Youth Poster Contest.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Offer Free Admission on Four Days in 2018

The National Park Service announced that the public will be invited to experience all national parks, including Guadalupe Mountains National Park, without entrance fees, on four days in 2018.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Photos

No road access

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No road access

Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas) and North Cascades National Park (Washington) are wilderness parks, products of 1970s thinking - no roads. You can drive into Guadalupe Mountains National Park but you there is no road through the park, and no scenic road intended as a driving tour.

US 62 provides a scenic drive mostly outside the park boundary, looking at the mountains from a short distance.

In North Cascades, Washington 20 drives through Ross Lake National Recreational Area, bisecting the two units of North Cascades National Park. It's hard to avoid roads in America, except in Alaska.

Descending to Dog Canyon

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Descending to Dog Canyon

The Tejas Trail descends to the draw at center left, where a windy desert trail becomes a cool walk in the woods along an intermittent stream.

Switchbacks on the Tejas Trail

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Switchbacks on the Tejas Trail

The Tejas Trail from Pine Springs (on the plains) to Pine Top (where I'm standing) enjoys some notoriety.

Texas short-horned lizard

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Texas short-horned lizard

Guadalupe Wilderness, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Cane cholla flower - HBW!

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Cane cholla flower - HBW!

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Up, up and away!

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Up, up and away!

The Tejas Trail from Pine Springs is pretty unrelenting, with no shade - but beautiful views!

Part of the Great Plains Trail from Texas to Canada.

Lunch spot on the Tejas Trail

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Lunch spot on the Tejas Trail

Most of the Guadalupes are desert. You can think of the mountain range as a long, skinny horseshoe. This valley is inside the horseshoe, and gets enough precipitation for this high-elevation forest.

It's a great lunch spot, despite the fly trying to eat our cheese (see previous photo).

Cheese Seeker - HMM!

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Cheese Seeker - HMM!

A frustrated fly is unable to defeat the zipper seal that protects the cheese in my plastic bag.

From a backpacking trip in the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas.

Texas Version of El Capitan

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Texas Version of El Capitan

Whenever I think of El Capitan, Yosemite National Park is what comes to mind. However, Texas also has an El Capitan, located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Salt Flat, Texas. I got this shot early one morning on my way to the trailhead of the Guadalupe Peak Trail. This is the 10th-highest peak in Texas, at 8,085 ft.

Yuccas all the way up

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Yuccas all the way up

Tejas Trail from Pine Springs to Pine Top.

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch was started in the 1870's. It had many owners throughout the years, but it remained a working ranch until 1966.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in West Texas. It contains the highest peak in the state, along with numerous scenic and historic locations.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch was started in the 1870's. It had many owners throughout the years, but it remained a working ranch until 1966.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in West Texas. It contains the highest peak in the state, along with numerous scenic and historic locations.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Jasperdo posted a photo:

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch was started in the 1870's. It had many owners throughout the years, but it remained a working ranch until 1966.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in West Texas. It contains the highest peak in the state, along with numerous scenic and historic locations.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Jasperdo posted a photo:

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch was started in the 1870's. It had many owners throughout the years, but it remained a working ranch until 1966.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in West Texas. It contains the highest peak in the state, along with numerous scenic and historic locations.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Jasperdo posted a photo:

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch was started in the 1870's. It had many owners throughout the years, but it remained a working ranch until 1966.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in West Texas. It contains the highest peak in the state, along with numerous scenic and historic locations.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Jasperdo posted a photo:

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch was started in the 1870's. It had many owners throughout the years, but it remained a working ranch until 1966.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in West Texas. It contains the highest peak in the state, along with numerous scenic and historic locations.