Day Hikes

Over 80 miles of hiking trails offer easy nature walks through desert flora; more moderate hikes follow canyons and reach riparian oases, and strenuous all day hikes can take you into high country forest or to the "Top of Texas". Each is unique—the magic of Guadalupe Mountains National Park awaits you.

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Ten Essentials Plus One

Carrying the Ten Essentials (plus one) with you can help you be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes, or unexpected delays.

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What To Know Before You Go

As with most activities, the more you know before you start your hike, the more likely you will have a good experience

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Trail Descriptions

A network of trails throughout the park provides many opportunities to explore and find your challenge.

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Hike to "the Top of Texas"

The trail to the summit of Guadalupe Peak is a rewarding, and very strenuous, 8.5 mile round trip hike with a 3,000 foot elevation gain.

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McKittrick Canyon Day Hikes

McKittrick Canyon is the heart of the park and offers trails to dramatic landscapes, foliage, and the high-country.

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Pine Springs Day Hikes

Pine Springs is the starting point for the Guadalupe Peak Trail and other beginning hikes into the high-country of the park.

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Hike to the Salt Basin Dunes

The west side of the mountains offers remote hiking and access to the Salt Basin Sand Dunes.

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Frijole Ranch Day Hikes

A number of short trails and access to the high-country all begin near the historic Frijole Ranch.

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Dog Canyon Day Hikes

Trails from Dog Canyon offer excellent access, with relatively easy grades, to the Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness.

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Human Waste in the Wilderness

Nothing can spoil a hike as quickly as the discovery of toilet paper. Always use the restroom before hiking. Pack out your toilet paper.

Last updated: December 19, 2022

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