Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, in Texas, features the four highest peaks in the state and is home to diverse fauna and flora. Its canyons, dunes, and forests make it a gem for hikers.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Texas
Area: 86,367 acres (349.51 sq km) – 42nd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Guadalupe Peak – 8,751 ft (2,667.31 m)
Lowest Elevation: Williams Road – 3,636 ft (1,108.25 m)
Date Established: September 30, 1972
Annual Visitors: 219,987 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Dell City, Texas

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

  1. Horseback riding on designated trails
  2. Birdwatching, especially during migrations
  3. Joining ranger-led night sky programs
  4. Photography of the park’s diverse habitats
  5. Attending cultural history talks at the visitor center

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Guadalupe Mountains National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Guadalupe Mountains National Park

After hiking and exploring Guadalupe Mountains National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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