Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park includes Texas' highest mountain, Guadalupe Peak, and over 86,000 acres of Chihuahua desert and forest ecosystem. The park offers over 80 miles of trails, including the six-hour hike to the absolute top of Texas.
For over 10,000 years, the Guadalupe Mountains have witnessed a constant stream of human history, including bloody conflicts between Mescalero Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers, the passing of the Butterfield Overland Mail, the coming of ranchers and settlers, and finally, the making of a national park. Today, the history is preserved at the Frijole and Williams Ranches, and at the ruins of the Pinery Station.
Planning Your Visit
The Headquarters Visitor Center at Pine Springs is the best place to begin your visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Here you can pick up maps and brochures, view an informative, orientation slide show, enjoy remarkable interpretive exhibits, browse the bookstore for additional education sources, get a current weather forecast, and talk directly with knowledgeable staff at the information desk about your itinerary. Just outside the door is the Pinery Trail – a short, paved path that has scenic vistas, offers an introduction to the native plants, and leads to the historic ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail stage station. If your kids are tired of traveling and itching for something to do, our Junior Ranger program is fun, educational, and generally takes less than an hour to complete!
This national park is located 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad and right across the state line from and adjacent to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park.