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About Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Campgrounds in Guadalupe Mountains
Ready for some desert dwelling? Claim a spot at Pine Springs Campground, a simple sandy area dotted with juniper and oaks, nestled up next to the...
In the dog days of summer, you’ll be pleased to know that Dog Canyon Campground is actually quite a bit cooler than other park campgrounds, thanks...
Camping with all your closest friends, and then some? There’s room to stretch out at the two group campsites at Pine Springs. Group sites are...
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The campsites are very nice and have a generous amount of space for each site. They are also very well situated with good access to many of the trails in the park. One thing to be aware of is that this area gets very high winds. I took a group of 25 University students to the park for a spring break trip in February of 2013, and the first night we got winds that were sustained at about 50 MPH and gusting up to 70 MPH! All of our taller 5 person tents blew over, however all of our lower 3 and 4 person dome tents that had a lower profile and were closer to the ground made it through just fine with all of the guy lines staked and tied down. It also snowed on us the first night, so make sure you know what the weather is going to be like and be prepared, and definitely make sure you are prepared for the possibility of extremely high winds.
Guadalupe Mnts NP is one of the most beautiful places to see in Texas! If you can, try to see McKittrick Canyon in the fall. Usually around late October, the foliage is in full colorful force. Try to backcountry camp if you can as well. Its so quiet and the skies are dark and full of stars!
Camped on September 24th 2016. The mountain was beautiful and there were more people hiking and camping than I expected. There are about 4 different trails that you can take. Be sure to plan how long you'll be out. Take maps, sunscreen, water, flashlight/headlamp and jacket as the temperature can and does drop quickly at night. Getting caught in the dark on the mountain isn't fun. Saw a couple people trying to make their way down after 9pm. If camping in the backcountry there's a $5 fee for the permit. There are no fires allowed (winds can pick up fast and out of no where). Water is very scarce and nearest town/gas station is about an hour away, if not further. At night you'll be amazed at how many stars you can see! Coyotes come out too.
We stayed at Pine Springs for a couple of nights while visiting Guadalupe and Carlsbad Caverns. When we first arrived (early evening on a Sunday) every site except the handicap accessible one was taken. Because of the location, we saw the campground fill up every day we were there. The sites are pretty secluded from each other and have some good, small trees and bushes for some shade.
History of Guadalupe Mountains National Park
For over 10,000 years, the Guadalupes Mountains have witnessed a constant stream of human history, including bloody conflicts between Mescalero Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers, the passing of the Butterfield Overland Mail, the coming of ranchers and settlers, and finally, the making of a national park. Today, the history is preserved at the Frijole and Williams Ranches, and at the ruins of the Pinery Station.