Guadalupe Mountains National
400 Pine Canyon Road
Salt Flat, Texas 79847
Headquarters Visitor Center (Pine Springs)
Dog Canyon Ranger Station
Welcome to Guadalupe Mountains
Guadalupe Mountains National Park safeguards
the world's finest example of a fossilized reef, a surprisingly
complex and unique assemblage of flora and fauna, and West Texas'
only legally designated wilderness.
Here, one can experience solitude,
tranquility, and the joy of finding plants and animals whose mastery
of survival renews our sense of wonder.
Exploring the Park
As a hikers� paradise, you will find more
than 80 miles of trails that meander through woodland canyons and
lush riparian springs, or zigzag up steep switchbacks directly into
the park�s rugged wilderness. Many trails are available for
horseback riding if you bring your own stock.
The park is a wonderful place to look at
fossils and learn about Permian Age geology, enjoy bird watching and
wildlife observation, delve into nature photography, or enjoy
unlimited opportunities for stargazing under pristine night skies.
Nature and Science
As part of the nation's rock collection and an
outstanding outdoor laboratory, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
offers limitless opportunities for everyone to learn about its
unique resources. Professional scientists and amateur naturalists
alike will find the rewards of the park to be many.
Places to Picnic
- Dog Canyon
- Frijole Ranch History Museum
- Pratt Canyon
History and Culture
The rich and diverse array of cultural
resources at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and the natural
setting that remains relatively unchanged from that experienced by
early peoples, provide opportunities to explore and ponder survival,
conflict, cooperation, heritage, and interconnections with the land.
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.
Protecting Cultural Resources
It is always exciting to discover
evidence left behind by earlier inhabitants, but in order to
preserve our history, and continue to interpret the cultures that
came before us, it is imperative that all cultural and historic
artifacts and evidence remain undisturbed. Please help us preserve
these items. It is illegal to collect them.
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