Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (National Park Service)

Naturalist Programs
Guided hikes are offered seasonally in the park. These hikes vary in difficulty. Check the posted activities listed on park bulletin boards for details. Be prepared for your hike by having the proper equipment and field guides, and your experience will be much more enjoyable.

Evening programs are presented each night at sunset from late spring through early fall at the Pine Springs Campground Amphitheater. Programs cover subjects in the natural and cultural histories of the Guadalupe Mountains and region. During foul weather, programs are held in the Headquarters Visitor Center theater. Other special ranger-led events occur during the year. All programs and events are posted on park bulletin boards for your information.

A free backcountry use permit is required for all overnight trips in the park. Permits are issued in person and no more than 24 hours in advance. Issue of backcountry permits is limited by current visitor use or weather conditions. Check in at the Headquarters Visitor Center for a permit, safety considerations, orientation, suggested trail routes, camp sites, and current conditions.

Horseback Riding
Horses are allowed for day use only on most trails. Those trails closed to horse traffic are in environmentally sensitive areas. You need to bring your own riding stock to the park as no rentals are available. Contact the park for detailed information about horse riding. Trails are steep and rocky.

Mountain Biking
Mountain bike riding is permitted on park roads only. Mountain bikes cannot be used on the park trail system due to trail damage and hiker/rider safety issues.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park was established in 1972 for geologic and scenic values. The park maintains two museums for you to gain an understanding of its significance. The Museum of Natural and Geological Histories is located in the Headquarters Visitor Center. The Cultural History Museum is located in the Frijole Ranch House, 1.5 miles from the Headquarters Visitor Center. Exhibits are also located at the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 12 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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