Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in the far west of Texas, approximately 56 miles from Carlsbad and 110 miles East of El Paso. The area is remote and there are no paved roads within the park. The area is well known for wildlife and animals spotted include desert amphibians, golden eagles, javalinas, and over 90 species of butterflies.
The park is also known for its towering spire of rock called El Capitan.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Map
HC 60, Box 400, Salt Flat, TX 79847-9400, United States
Entrance fee in USD:
$5.00, Child 15 & under FREE
Useful tips: Admission is good for 7 days.
This pinnacle of rock is very impressive and a favorite with photographers. Also within the park is Guadalupe Peak, the highest elevation in Texas. The barren appearance is misleading because there are many trees and an abundance of wildlife found within this area.
Hiking is the main outdoor activity at the park. Over 80 miles of trails wind their way across the landscape and feature interesting sights, like woodland canyons and surprisingly lush riparian springs. Another popular outdoor pursuit here is horseback riding and both hikers and riders share the same trails.
Ancient fossils are readily seen and date from the Permian Age. Historical items from more recent times can also be visited including the Frijole Ranch, The Pinery, Pratt Cabin, Williams Ranch, Butterfield Stage, and the Ship-on-the-Desert. The visitor's center houses many informative displays and the rangers on staff can answer any questions you may have about the park.