Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Smith Spring Trail, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Smith Spring Trail, Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Cookie Ballou/National Park Service)
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Location
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located 110 miles east of El Paso, TX, via U.S. 62/180; 55 miles southwest of Carlsbad, NM, via U.S. 62/180; and 65 miles north of Van Horn, TX, via TX54 to U.S. 62/180.

Contact Details
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
HC 60 Box 400
Salt Flat, Texas 79847
Phone: 915-828-3251
E-mail: GUMO_Superintendent@nps.gov
Web site: www.nps.gov/gumo/index.htm

Directions
Headquarters Visitor Center at Pine Springs is accessed via U.S. highway 62/180 between Carlsbad, NM, and El Paso, TX. Dog Canyon, on the park's north side, is accessed via New Mexico state road 137.

Transportation
Bus service to the park is available with Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma (TNM&O) Bus Line (806-765-6641). Make arrangements with the driver to be let off at Pine Springs, Texas. Commercial airline service and rental cars are available in Carlsbad, New Mexico (55 miles), El Paso (115 miles), and Midland-Odessa (170 miles), Texas.

Headquarters
Elevation 5,700 feet - On U.S. Highway 62/180, 55 miles southwest of Carlsbad and 110 miles east of El Paso. Open every day except Christmas: Memorial Day to Labor Day, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Labor Day fo Memorial Day, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information, natural history museum, introductory slide program.

McKittrick Canyon Entrance
Highway entrance gate is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, MST; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., MDT. (Closing time changes when time changes). Outdoor exhibits and slide program. Visitor Center manned intermittently during the year.

Dog Canyon Ranger Station
Elevation 6,200 feet - 110 miles from Pine Springs, 70 miles from Carlsbad. Trailhead for trails in the north part of park.

Facilities in the Park
Facilities and services within and near Guadalupe Mountains National Park are extremely limited. Gasoline and other automotive services are not available within the area. The nearest service stations are 30 miles west or 35 miles east. Bring everything you need with you.

Facilities Outside of the Park
The nearest facilities and services are located 35 miles from the park. The park is isolated. You will need to make your travel plans with this fact in mind. Have what you will need while in the park before you arrive.

Texas: Dell City, Van Horn, Pecos, El Paso and Midland-Odessa offer restaurants, gas stations, postal service, airports for private aircraft (El Paso and Midland-Odessa have commercial service), lodging and commercial campgrounds (Dell City has no lodging or commercial campground), and other services associated with communities.

New Mexico: White's City, Carlsbad, and Artesia offer restaurants, gas stations, postal service, airports for private aircraft (Carlsbad has commercial service), lodging and commercial campgrounds, and other services associated with communities.

Towns Nearby
Dell City, Van Horn, Pecos, El Paso and Midland-Odessa, Texas and White's City, Carlsbad, and Artesia New Mexico.

Fees
There is no park entrance fee.

Roads
Driving opportunities within the park are limited. Vehicle access points are located at Pine Springs, Frijole Ranch House Exhibit Center, McKittrick Canyon, and Dog Canyon. A four-wheel-drive vehicle and mountain bike road to the Williams Ranch House is accessible during the day, weather permitting. Check out a gate key at the Headquarters Visitor Center.

Camping

Pine Springs Campground: (Elevation 5,840 ft.) Accommodates tents and recreational vehicles. There are 20 tent sites with tables, 18 RV sites (no hook-ups), 2 reserved group campsites with tables, and 1 handicap-accessible site. Water outlets are found throughout the tent campground. The restrooms have sinks and toilets and a community dish washing sink. The park's major trailhead is located at the campground with easy access to most trails. A volunteer Campground Host is on duty seasonally.

Dog Canyon Campground: (Elevation 6,320 ft) Accommodates tents and recreational vehicles. There are nine tent and four recreational vehicle sites (no hook-ups). Water, sinks, and toilets are found in the restrooms. A trailhead is located near the campground for easy access to the northern section of the park.


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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