Hiking the trails in the Guadalupes
Learn more about hiking the diverse trail system in the largest wilderness area in Texas.
Learn about primitive tent and RV camping at the Pine Springs and Dog Canyon campgrounds.
Wilderness Use Permits
A Wilderness Use Permit must be obtained before backpacking overnight.
Birds and Birding
Discover the best spots in the park to spot birds.
A canopy of stars is visible from horizon to horizon on every clear night at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Desert animals are most active at night. It is often easier to observe animal signs than to see the animals themselves.
If time is a limiting factor in your visit, consider the following suggestions:
One Hour: Stop by the Pine Springs Visitor Center, walk through the museum, watch the visitor slide show, and walk the Pinery Nature Trail.
Half Day: Take the day to take one of our hikes in the park. Consider hiking the Smith Spring Trail (2.3 mi. round-trip), the Devil's Hall Trail (4.3 mi. round-trip), or the McKittrick Canyon Trail (5-7 mi. round-trip).
Full Day: Pick a day hike that can lead you into a riparian area or high up into the conifer forest. Common day hikes include the Guadalupe Peak Trail, The Bowl Trail, or the McKittrick Canyon Trail leading to The Grotto.
Last updated: June 10, 2021