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Best Trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Want to find the best trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 27 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 5 easy hiking trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 3 to 1,919 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Description

This park has Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, the scenic McKittrick Canyon full of Bigtooth Maples, part of the Chihuahuan Desert, and a fossilized reef from the Permian. The entrance fee is $10.00 per person for visitors 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is open year-round. Accessibility: For information on the accessible features in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, visit: https://www.nps.gov/gumo/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Park information
Area:
34,971 hectares
Contact
(915) 828-3251
Top trails (27)
Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
#1 - Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 13.5 km • Est. 5h 23m
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
Devil's Hall Trail
#2 - Devil's Hall Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.8 km • Est. 1h 50m
This route requires scrambling on boulders and users have reported that the route can be technical.Show more
Smith Spring Trail
#3 - Smith Spring Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 3.9 km • Est. 1h 14m
McKittrick Canyon Trail
#4 - McKittrick Canyon Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 32.5 km • Est. 11h 5m
Hunter Peak
#5 - Hunter Peak
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 15.9 km • Est. 5h 55m
El Capitan Trail
#6 - El Capitan Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 15.4 km • Est. 5h
Pratt Lodge via McKittrick Canyon Trail
#7 - Pratt Lodge via McKittrick Canyon Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 7.7 km • Est. 2h 10m
The Pinery
#8 - The Pinery
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 1.6 km • Est. 27m
This is an enjoyable paved path with great vistas of mountains, close look at native plants, and a visit to historic stagecoach station ruins. There are interpretive signs along the trail. Accessibility: There are 4 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of Madrone Circle at the west end of the trail. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved asphalt and smooth. It is typically at least 5 feet wide. The majority of the trail is estimated to be in the mostly gentle (5% or less) grade category. This trail will likely be navigable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or stroller users. According to the park website, this trail is wheelchair-accessible. Show more
El Capitan via Guadalupe Peak
#9 - El Capitan via Guadalupe Peak
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 15.4 km • Est. 6h 32m
There is no real trail between Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan. This route is a difficult scramble between the two peaks rarely attempted.Show more
Bush Mountain
#10 - Bush Mountain
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 20.1 km • Est. 7h 27m
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