Guadalupe MountainsWest Texas 

One of the oldest fossil reefs in the world.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Hike to the top of Texas.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located on the New Mexico border about 110 miles east of El Paso and 50 miles southwest of Carlsbad. The park contains contains one of the oldest fossil reefs in the world – a small inland ocean covered West Texas and Northern Mexico some 250 million years ago. Because of the ocean, there are beautiful gypsum sand dunes on the west side of the park near Dell City.

It is known for its extensive hiking, backpacking and birding opportunities. The park has few permanent structures and little backcountry developments other than the hiking trails. Although the focal point is the 40 mile long Guadalupe range, the park contains lots of bird, wildlife, canyons, desert scrub and forest (in the mountains). The blossoms are abundant in the spring, and the changing leaves are best in late October to mid-November when the Bigtooth Maples come alive in McKittrick Canyon.

Distance from Nearby Major Cities:

Carlsbad, NM: 60 miles (1 hour0
El Paso, TX: 115 miles (2 hours)
Odessa, TX: 165 miles (2.75 hours)

Busiest Months

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Don’t Miss:

  • Hiking
  • Birding

Other Activities

Recent Bird Sightings

Lodging

Roundtrip Flights to El Paso:

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Dallas

04/02/2019

04/10/2019

Tickets from $ 242

Minneapolis

04/05/2019

04/09/2019

Tickets from $ 280

San Antonio

10/03/2019

10/07/2019

Tickets from $ 298

Tyler

05/16/2019

05/20/2019

Tickets from $ 307

Cleveland

04/05/2019

04/11/2019

Tickets from $ 362

Lexington

03/05/2019

03/12/2019

Tickets from $ 391

Fort Lauderdale

03/30/2019

04/13/2019

Tickets from $ 391

Greenville

03/13/2019

03/25/2019

Tickets from $ 392

Houston

03/13/2019

03/16/2019

Tickets from $ 392

Cedar Rapids

06/28/2019

07/05/2019

Tickets from $ 428

Charleston

03/21/2019

03/28/2019

Tickets from $ 432

New York

03/01/2019

03/02/2019

Tickets from $ 446

Orlando

03/02/2019

03/04/2019

Tickets from $ 446

Nashville

03/07/2019

03/07/2019

Tickets from $ 447

Richmond

05/24/2019

05/27/2019

Tickets from $ 516

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Noteworthy

There is no gasoline available in the park and cell phone coverage is unreliable.

Nearby

The park is about 40 miles southwest of Carlsbad Caverns.

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