Guadalupe Mountains National Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Overview:

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Review

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is the world's premier example of a fossil reef from the Permian Era.  The park is known for its extensive hiking and backpacking opportunities in one of the nation's most pristine wilderness areas.  Guadalupe Peak is the tallest point in Texas at 8,751’ and there are 6 peaks in the park that are over 8,000'.

Once a rugged and ancient limestone reef, the Mountains rise more than 5,000 feet above the surrounding desert floor. Between the folds of this unparalleled landscape are lush streamside woodlands with oaks and maples, rocky canyons, and mountaintop forests of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir.

You can camp in two different campgrounds in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park:

  • Pine Spring Campground has 20 RV sites, 20 tent sites, and one corral site
  • Dog Canyon Campground has 9 tent sites and 4 RV sites plus one stock corral site

All of the camping is primitive with no reservations and there is potable water and restrooms.  Generators are allowed between 8 AM and 8 PM. For groups of 10 to 20 people there are two groups sites that you can reserve.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

There are 86 miles of trails and three different ecosystems (mountains, canyons, and desert) to explore.  And the Park is excellent for star gazing, wildlife viewing, photographic opportunities, backpacking, and hiking.

The Park website does a good job of providing some information on places to go within the Park - like McKittrick Canyon, Frijole Ranch, Dog Canyon, Williams Ranch, and Salt Basin Dunes.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

El Paso is 110 miles away and you'll find things to see and do on Texas Outside's El Paso Page.  If you golf, here is a map with the El Paso Golf Courses - Butterfield Trail is outstanding. 

Carlsbad Caverns is about 70 miles away.

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more