Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Location: Salt Flat, TX
Features: mountain peaks, mountain range, mountain peak
About the Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a 86,367 acres national park located in the east of El Paso, Texas and part of the Guadalupe Mountain ranges. It is a 25 mile travel north of New Mexico. There are two prominent peaks in the park where trails are routed to. One is the Guadalupe Peak. At 8,749 feet elevation, it is considered the highest in Texas. The Guadalupe Peak Trail will take you through forests covered with pines leading to the summit of the Guadalupe peak at 3,000 feet. Taking this trail will give you great views of the El Capitan peak and the Chihuahuan Desert. Another peak is the El Capitan with elevation of 8,085 feet. It is one landmark that will lead you to the park. The trails in the park include Bush-Blue Ridge Loop, Tejas Trail hike-thru, Pine Springs to McKittrick Canyon, and the Guadalupe Peak. Bush-Blue Ridge Loop leads to Tejas Trail and can be trailed in one or nights depending on your page. Tejas trail is a 12 mile trial starting from Pine Springs and ends in Dog Canyon. Pine Springs trail takes you down steep slopes towards McKittrick Canyon. The Guadalupe Peak trail will take you through forests covered with conifer and up to the summit. You can also stay in the campgrounds at 8,160 feet before proceeding to the summit. There’s a lot more activities you can do aside from hiking in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. You can spot different types of birds in the remote McKittrick Canyon. Depending on when you go there, you can take a glimpse of Grace’s warblers, plumbeous vireos, black-headed grosbeaks, cordilleran flycatchers, and broad-tailed hummingbirds.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Prepare for weather
There might be snow storms, sleet storms, freezing rain, or fog during winter or early spring. Frequent high wind warnings are issued during winter through spring. Thunderstorms may occur due to late summer monsoons.
2) RV camping
If you wish to bring your RV, there are also RV campgrounds near the park.
Also another advantage of it’s remote location is the opportunity to go stargazing in one of the campgrounds.