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.

Open / Close / Reopening Status of Guadalupe Mountains National Park due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guadalupe Mountains temporarily closed on April 17, 2020. This included all trails, camping and backcountry use, which are prohibited. The decision to close was made following guidance from the CDC, state and local health officials, and NPS Public Health Service officers.

No entry will be allowed into the park, except to employees and other authorized persons. U.S. Highway 62/180 from Texas to New Mexico will remain accessible to through traffic.

More information about Guadalupe Mountains

Last Updated: May 2, 2020

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)

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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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