The best camping near Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Guadalupe Mountains adventure.

The best camping near Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Guadalupe Mountains adventure.

Camping near Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Guadalupe Mountains adventure.

Camp within view of Texas’s tallest peaks in the Guadalupe Mountains.  

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Good Guad Land Co.

5 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Dell City, TX
Find extreme solitude and unforgettable views of Guadalupe Peak at this desert escape next to Guadalupe Mountains National Park! This is choose-your-own-adventure camping. The terrain is rugged, and the dust and wind blow some nights. Once you're here, there are zero amenities (other than picnic tables). If this sounds fine — you don't mind roughing it — you'll be sleeping under the stars at the foot of West Texas' tallest mountain range. And who else can say they've done that? Distance to nearby attractions: Guadalupe Mountains National Park Visitor Center, 11 miles; Black River Recreation Area, 42 miles; Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center, 52 miles Distance from nearby towns: Dell City, 34 miles; Van Horn, 56 miles; Carlsbad, 65 miles; El Paso, 104 miles
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More Travel Less Talk

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents26 acres · Dell City, TX
Hello and welcome to More Travel Less Talk. All bookings are done through our website at "More Travel Less Talk". We are the closest privately owned campground to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park and all hiking trails in the area. We do all of our bookings on our site, not here. Please go to our page and click the reserve button to book. Thanks. We are a small family owned "campground" that serves the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Salt Basin Dunes, and Dell City area. We cater to families and individuals looking for a true desert experience. We strive to provide a quiet, secluded, safe, friendly place for people looking for a unique experience in this amazing area. We offer the following services: Yurt rentals. Primitive tent camping sites. Group Sites Don't settle for a paved parking lot spot at the Guadalupe national park where you will be packed in like sardines for 30 dollars a night or a tent spot on top of your load neighbors. We have 26 acres of land you can explore and plenty of room between you and our other guests. We are conveniently located just 6 miles off of HWY 62/180 on FM 1576. 27 miles from Quadalupe National Park. Home of El Capitan and the highest peak in Texas. Just a quick 15 minutes from Dell City where you can stock up on supplies. Dell City is a beautiful and quaint farming community that offers two grocery stores, a NAPA, fueling stations, two restaurants, a post office, and a wonderful Hardware store owned and run by the Perry's. 14 miles to the Salt Basin Dunes. 70 miles (1 hour) from Carlsbad Caverns National Park If the idea of seeing a sky full of stars at night, being surrounded by all sorts of desert wildlife, being minutes away from some of the most amazing mountains and hikes you will ever experience, or just looking for a nice overnight experience while traveling or hiking....This is the place for you.
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Stargazers Paradise/Jupiter

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Dell City, TX
Hello, and thank you for coming to our little slice of Star Gazing paradise! We have put together a very unique experience for those interested in the stars and skies above! We are located in Cornudas Texas, about 45 miles from the closest Gas Station and 55 miles from the closest City, with an elevation of almost 4500 ft above sea level!. We have easy access to our site via Asphalt roadway. Being this high, it can lead to some pretty crazy temperature swings of almost 40 degrees! This area is pretty wide open, with a population density of around 1 person per 10 square miles! This provides for an incredible viewing experience for the night sky with minimal to no impact from “city” lights. We have a Bell Tent/Structure with two beds that also comes with amenities available for our guests such as a vault toilet that includes a sunroof to allow for stargazing during bathroom usage and an actual running shower built in a stand alone granite enclosure! In the desert even! In addition to our structure, we also have tent sites and for those that are traveling with their own vehicles/over the road homes, we also have 2 spots in a safe environment for you to recharge and be ready to hit things bright and early come first light! Located close to El Paso, New Mexico, the Mexican border we have plenty of local attractions for you to venture out for days trips! One of the great things about this area is that it is a great spot for Space enthusiasts as well as being near Spaceport USA, Blue Origin, Davis mountain Observatory, Sunspot Observatory, Roswell, and White sands missile launch facilities! To help aid in the stargazing experience, we have multiple options to serve the needs of the most experienced to the beginner! We have an excavated viewing pits. During the day the natural rock and granite used for construction absorbs the heat to help keep you warm during the cooler nights. Because we are in a desert environment, caution must be taken! Some of the animals that you might observe during your stay include, but not limited too: Native prairie dogs, Porcupine, Chipmunks, jackrabbits, coyote, bobcats, antelope, mule deer, horned toads, Owls, roadrunners, Quail and Dove, Night hawks, lizards, bats, and of course, Rattlesnakes, scorpions, and spiders! Please be respectful not only of the animals on site, but also the vegetation. We will have a small “store” on site for basic items should they be needed. A smaller tent/structure is also available for an additional charge should our current setup not be large enough to fit the whole family! We are a totally off grid site. We have solar on site to power the shower facilities, charge your phones in the tent, small fans in the tent, and the hand wash station.
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High desert retreat

25 sites · Tents50 acres · Dell City, TX
Learn more about this land:At nearly 4000 feet elevation this desert retreat has clear skies for astronomical viewing, and abundant wild life. This truly a wild, untamed natural desert area.
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6.3 Acres

18 sites · Tents6 acres · Dell City, TX
6.3 acres is open land filled with shrubs and sandy dirt. At night the stars seems so close that you could touch them. The Guadalupe Mountains are 13 miles away in direct sight from the property. Activities include: camping, relaxing, hunting (hunting license maybe required), hiking, and 96 miles to the City of El Paso, TX for city fun.
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Hart Ranch

10 sites · RVs, Tents101 acres · Salt Flat,, TX
West Texas desert... Wide open skies... 57min to Guadalupe visiter center.... Open range to ride your ATV's on... Bring your horses and ride the range... Bring your telescope and look at the stars... this is the future home of my family we will be living there off grid Homestead with four kids and one adult and will be a small dairy farm eventually right now it is just a fenced-in 100 acres
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The best camping near Guadalupe Mountains National Park guide

Overview

About

In far western Texas, the state’s highest point, Guadalupe Peak, rises 8,751 feet above the vast Chihuahuan Desert. This promontory and surrounding mountains give Guadalupe Mountains National Park its name and form the backdrop for adventures in the park. Go hiking, biking, and horseback riding in immersive canyons and on high-country trails. The National Park Service offers three campgrounds, each with dry camping and limited amenities. Outside the park, dispersed camping and primitive campgrounds are found in the Lincoln National Forest and on BLM lands. RVers may find private parks with full hookups near Whites City and Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for easy access: The Pine Springs Campground is located near the visitor center.
  • Best for serenity: The Dog Canyon Campground is more remote and is located in a forested landscape.
  • Best for camping with horses: The Frijole Horse Corral Group Campground provides access to horse corrals and may be booked up to 6 months in advance.
  • Best for free camping: The Bureau of Land Management offers some primitive campgrounds and dispersed camping options nearby.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Campsites are reservable through the Recreation.gov website.
  • Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance.
  • Flush toilets and potable water are available at both main campgrounds, but no hookups are offered at individual sites.
  • Both main campgrounds can accommodate RVs, while also offering walk-in campsites for tents only.
  • Wilderness camping is also available in 10 primitive campgrounds, offering tent camping only. Campers must obtain a permit. 
  • Park campgrounds can fill to capacity during fall and spring.

When to go

Warm weather can be expected much of the year. Summer can bring extreme heat, with highs in the 90s. The summer monsoon season brings afternoon thunderstorms. Spring and fall are cooler, with chilly nights. Though winter has pleasant daytime temperatures, the area can be extremely windy from November through March. Occasional snows and freezing temperatures are a possibility. The weather can vary greatly by elevation, so it’s important to dress in layers and to plan accordingly when camping.

Know before you go

  • Campfires and propane fire pits are not allowed, only cookstoves. 
  • There are no dump stations for the NPS campgrounds.
  • Cell signals are limited in many areas of the park.
  • In order to preserve a natural environment, no roadways were constructed through the park’s peaks.
  • Carlsbad Cavern National Park is a short drive away, making it easy to visit both parks on a single trip.

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