“One of the nation's most pristine wilderness areas”
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is the world's premier example of a fossil reef from the Permian Era. The park is known for its extensive hiking and backpacking opportunities in one of the nation's most pristine wilderness areas. Birding, history, and many other opportunities to learn and have fun await visitors in this hidden gem of West Texas.
Another highlight of our 2 week RV road trip. Only a 35 minute drive (one way) from the Carlsbad Caverns. The views are so worth it. We easily did both the caverns and the drive to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park Visitor Center, also stopping to visit McKittrick Canyon on the return trip to Carlsbad.
We did not get to do any hiking, as that would have required much more time than we had.
My only regret is that we did not spend a night at the campground (room for RV's) near the visitor center.
This was the first stop on our honeymoon trip. We climbed to 2,000 ft to the back country camp near the summit and thoroughly enjoyed. Really nice trip for the self sufficient camper.
Absolutely beautiful. Did the 2.3 mile Smith Springs trail. Beautiful, moderately challenging hike that takes you to a lovely spring tucked away in the mountains. Don't miss this park.
Did a 1.2 mile hike to Smith Springs to realize that even though it is a loop trail, the 1.2 is only to the actual spring. The overall distance is 2.3 miles and I think I almost killed my 6 month old puppy from dehydration and heat. There was only one bench along the way and it was at the spring under the trees so we took a quick nap to cool off. Beautiful park, I definitely will come back when I don't have my pup.
Third stop on my way to NM. Staff in gift shop and park rangers were friendly and helpful.
I hiked guadalupe peak. Quite the challenge and a lot of loose rocks. I usually don't carry a hiking stick but it saved my knees this time. There were other people on the trail but it wasn't overly crowded so still very peaceful. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and comfy shoes.
Beautiful place to camp in the wilderness. Sites are secluded and peaceful. View is amazing.
Enjoyed visiting here. The staff at the visitor center was very helpful and knowledgeable. The mini museum at the visitor center was interesting. We took the two shortest trails, as time was limited, and enjoyed the sights.
This place is awesome! We were there in March and it was perfect. Great hikes and beautiful wildflowers.
We only stopped since we were driving right by it. We didn't do any hiking because we didn't have the time but we have a National park passport and got a stamp.
My cousin and I are taking a road trip of the southwest United States and this was our first stop. It is about 50 minutes outside of the city of Carlsbad and 35 minutes from the Carlsbad Caverns. The Guadalupe mountains are definitely a small mountain range, but definitely worth your time. We camped out at the Guadalupe campground which is pleasant but doesn't have much when it comes to amenities (showers being the big one). We stayed for one night and hiked the Guadalupe peak trail which was pretty freakin sweet. It is the highest point in all of Texas and it had some pretty quality views. Once you hit the peak you can see for miles and miles. Overall, this park is very unknown and underrated. If you can make it out, I would suggest it.
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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