Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Salt Flat

#68 of 235 in Nature in Texas
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a national park in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas and contains Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas at 8,749ft in elevation. Located east of El Paso, it also contains El Capitan, long used as a landmark by people traveling along the old route later followed by the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach line. Visitors can see the ruins of an old stagecoach station near the Pine Springs Visitor Center. Camping is available at the Pine Springs Campground and Dog Canyon. The restored Frijole Ranch House is now a small museum of local ranching history and is the trailhead for Smith Spring. The park covers 86,367acre and is in the same mountain range as Carlsbad Caverns National Park which is located about 25mi to the north in New Mexico. Numerous well-established trails exist in the park for hiking and horse-riding. The Guadalupe Peak Trail offers perhaps the most outstanding views in the park. Climbing over 3,000ft to the summit of Guadalupe Peak, the trail winds through pinyon pine and Douglas-fir forests and offers spectacular views of El Capitan and the vast Chihuahuan Desert.
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  • This is a great place, the mountains of West Texas are beautiful. This park is fairly remote, the drive into the park has some fantastic views. Road access in the park is fairly limited, you need to b...  more »
  • My husband and I decided to visit the El Paso area for a few days to do some hiking at some of the area's beautiful parks! We spent one of our afternoons hiking in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. T...  more »
  • Beautiful national park. Not crowded. The fall colors were just starting and many of the hikes were just gorgeous. Enjoyed climbing to the top and looking out over Texas at the tallest peak! Beautiful sunrise and sunset photography spots. Great options for night photography as well. Lots to see and do. Easy to incorporate a drive to Carlsbad caverns as well.
  • Yes! Go now, don't wait! One more National Park checked off the list and this one did not disappoint. Great park for hikers and bird watchers!!! Plenty of trails. Tent camping sites are close together, RV sites are in a parking lot with no hookups. I don't see this place being a long term camping destination. Get in.... Hike the peak.... Move on. Arrive early to get a spot. We arrived early Friday afternoon and had to park and wait around (about 2 hours) for a spot. We saw lots of campers drive through and leave but we were determined and patient. Site 15 was nice!! Met so many nice campers from all over. Not sure we would visit again but definitely recommend for anyone.

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