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Best camping trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Park information
Acreage:
86,415 acres
Park hours
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
Contact
(915) 828-3251
Top trails (14)
#1 - Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 5 h 24 m
The hike up Guadalupe Peak is a rewarding, although very strenuous hike. It will take from 6 to 8 hours to complete the round trip hike. The hike provides fantastic views from the highest point in the state of Texas (8,749). It also introduces hikers to several of the park’s ecosystems including the high desert and the high elevation forests. The trail starts at the RV section of the Pine Springs Campground (1/2 mile from the Pine Springs Visitor Center check in at the visitor center, then turn right out of the visitor center parking lot). Follow the signs for Guadalupe Peak Trail. Follow the hiker trail; the horse trail will add about 1 extra mile to the trip (although it is less steep). You will encounter the steepest part of the hike in the first mile and a half, as the trail switchbacks up the first steep slope. Be sure not to cut across the switchbacks, as this causes accelerated erosion. The views will get better with every switchback you climb. After about a mile and a half, the trail will become less steep as it passes a cliff and then turns around to the north-facing slope. Here, hikers will discover a small forest of pinion pine, south-western white pine, and Douglas fir. The forest exists here since on a north-facing slope there is not as much sunlight. The slightly cooler, shadier climate allows these pines to survive. After nearly three miles the trail will top out at a false summit. It is still a little more than a mile to the actual summit. The trail will flatten out for a short distance as it passes through a sparse forest of ponderosa pine. The backcountry campsite for overnight backpackers is on this summit. After passing the backcountry campsite, the trail descends slightly and crosses a wooden bridge. After the bridge, the trail begins the final climb to the summit. After only a few switchbacks, the top of El Capitan will dominate the view to the south. Eventually you will pass the horse hitching posts and arrive at the summit, where on a clear day you will be rewarded with a tremendous view of the surrounding mountains and desert. Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers a diversity of flora and fauna. There are numerous other hiking trails and recreational activities in the park as well. Show more
#2 - Devil's Hall Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
#3 - Hunter Peak
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 5 h
#4 - McKittrick Canyon Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 20.2 mi • Est. 11 h 5 m
#5 - Pratt Lodge via McKittrick Canyon Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#6 - El Capitan Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h
#7 - Bush Mountain
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 7 h 27 m
#8 - The Tejas Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 6 h 26 m
#9 - Bush Mountain Trail to Blue Ridge Loop
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 8 h 59 m
#10 - McKittrick Ridge
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 7 h 15 m
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