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 to a higher elevation and a sweet spot beneath sheltering steep cliff walls. There’s nine tent sites and four RV sites to choose from here. Restrooms are nearby, but you won’t find any showers here -- you don’t mind a bit of dirt, do you?
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
13 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Erin D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 4th, 2015

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.

[email protected] A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 4th, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Tara H.
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November 14th, 2019
Hipcamper Marco M.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2017
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
United States
Phone Number
(575) 981-2418
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31.994° N, 104.833° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 9 Sites
(Up to people per site)
Tent / Van: 4 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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