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Las Cruces Las Cruces Las Cruces
Southern New MexicoLas Cruces is a charming city nestled between the awe-striking Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. There are a variety of unique local attractions and historic museums to keep visitors entertained.
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Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas
Southern TexasSavor Laredo’s many colorful flavors, from its rich history to its unique culture where two worlds meet, creating an experience unlike anything else. This southern getaway is the ideal venue for an enticing menu of bargain buys of every kind. Just being in Laredo brings you close to Mexico, but if you desire an even closer look, go no further than San Bernardo Avenue. We look forward to extending a warm "Bienvenido a Laredo" to you.
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El Paso El Paso El Paso
Mexican BorderEl Paso meets not only New Mexico but Old Mexico as well, making it a place rich in culture and history. High mountains cut through the city which gives it a dramatic setting as well as a great offering of very nearby outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
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Matagorda County Matagorda County Matagorda County
Texas Gulf Coast BeachesMidway between Galveston and Corpus Christi, right where the Colorado River meets the sea, Matagorda County lies at a curious confluence of nature and history that goes back nearly 500 years, and it just seems to get better with time.
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Amarillo Amarillo Amarillo
Texas PanhandleFrom Palo Duro Canyon to Historic Route 66 to The American Quarter Horse Museum to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and much, Amarillo has something for everyone. To learn about Amarillo's exciting attractions, history and culture.
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Kerrville Kerrville Kerrville
Hill CountryKerrville's spring-fed creeks make the area a natural paradise filled with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In town you'll find friendly locals and exciting things to do, such as visiting museums or shopping unique boutiques.
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Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton
Texas Gulf CoastThe charm of the Texas Coast. We love it here on the Texas Gulf Coast and want you to know and love it too. Rockport-Fulton is a state of mind as much as it is a place.
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Abilene Abilene Abilene
Central TexasVisit Abilene, the defining city of West Texas, where the frontier spirit is still applied to discovery, development and creativity. Abilene boasts a central location - just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - and is home to 120,000 friendly people. Relax, explore and enjoy our mix of western heritage, contemporary culture and traditional values.
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Odessa Odessa Odessa
West TexasOdessa is a vibrant, energetic West Texas city rich in culture and heritage. It offers several museums, attractions, and annual festivals that please residents as well as visitors. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and different place to visit, then Odessa is the place for you!
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Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston
Texas Gulf CoastBay Area Houston is a charming bayside region that touches more than 35 miles of waterfront. It boasts succulent seafood, unique shopping, a booming boating community and awe-inspiring nature preserves.
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Midland Midland Midland
West TexasFeel the Energy in Midland, Texas! Midland is the perfect place to begin your adventure in West Texas. Features several museums, art, planetarium, festivals, & closest airport to Big Bend.
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Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill
Dallas AreaJust 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, and 25 minutes from DFW International Airport, Cedar Hill is Dallas Country's HOTTEST destination for small town charm, with big city choices. From shopping and dining, to sports and outdoors, we have it all!
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park - Orientation

Getting Around, Basic Info,...

Guadalupe Mountains National Park has multiple areas within the park that offer different attractions. Take a minute to look through the tabs below and gain a proper orientation for the different areas within the park.

Overview

This park of desert scrub and bright foliage can be tricky to navigate once you've passed the visitor's entrance. The park is in four sections, some more accessible than others. Dog Canyon is remote and steep, McKittrick Canyon is the most famous part of the park and can easily be hiked all day, Williams Ranch is a historical spot only reachable by four-wheel drive, and the Frijole Ranch is a history museum all but next to the entrance. Hiking trails are absolutely everywhere throughout the park.

Areas of the Park

Dog Canyon

Dog Canyon is one of the more remote areas of the park and is on its very northern edge. The canyon is a quiet, forested cleft in the rock at an elevation of 6,300 feet. Several trails explore the canyon, from the short and nearly level Indian Meadow Nature Trail, to the moderate Marcus Overlook, which stops just before a too-steep descent into West Dog Canyon. Lost Peak is a little tougher and longer, a half-day hike up the mountain.

McKittrick Canyon

McKittrick Canyon is the centerpiece of Guadalupe Mountain National Park. It's been called the "most beautiful spot in Texas," and the canyon is startlingly diverse, and startlingly out of place. In the middle of the Chihuahuan desert, this is an oasis of East U.S. style foliage, and the fall colors are glorious. The scrub desert with its yuccas and cacti also shoves into the canyon, which makes for an odd and fascinating hybrid between the two.

The canyon is meant to be explored by foot, and how deeply you want to explore depends on you. McKittrick Canyon Nature Trail is very brief, if moderate, but gives the hiker a pretty good view of the canyon. Pratt Cabin and the Grotto are two hikes that delve deeper. The more dedicated can hike the McKittrick Ridge or up to the Permian Reef.

Williams Ranch

The historic Williams Ranch is only accessible by a four-wheel drive road. The peak of El Capitan can be seen, and seen very well, during the drive, and once you reach the ranch, you can take the El Capitan trail and explore Bone Canyon, which is formed from the oldest rock in the Guadalupe Mountains.

Frijole Ranch

Frijole Ranch, in contrast, is easily accessible, and serves as a history museum. The Smith Spring Trail and Manzanita Spring Trail begin here.

Other Things to Know

Driving east on U.S. Highway 62/180 from El Paso will take you to the National Park. Within the park itself, you can drive to certain points of the park (namely the visitor's center, Pine Springs Campground, McKittrick Canyon Contact Station, the Frijole Ranch, Williams Ranch (if you have four wheel drive), and Guadalupe's trailheads), but don't expect to explore the park by road. The park is best explored by foot and hiking trail.

Pets
Pets are welcome in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, but please consider that bringing your pet to the park could limit your activities, especially hiking and backpacking, because pets are not allowed on most park trails or in the backcountry. In addition, many plants are spiny or poisonous, and many desert animals could pose a threat to your pet. Please review the following with regard to bringing your pet to Guadalupe Mountains National Park:

  • Pets are permitted in developed areas (parking lots, campgrounds, and roadways, but not inside buildings).
  • Pets must be under your physical control at all times. Please keep your pet leashed for their safety, as well as the safety of park wildlife.
  • Pets may walk with you (on leash) on the short trail between the campground and the Headquarters Visitor Center, or along the Pinery Trail from the visitor center to the Butterfield Station, but pets are not allowed along any of the other park trails or in the backcountry, because they may disturb park wildlife or be harmed themselves by wild animals. There are many rattlesnakes in the park, and park wildlife may carry plague or rabies. Do not allow your pet near animals or their dens or burrows.
  • Do not leave pets unattended at campsites or in vehicles; heat kills quickly, and pets are especially vulnerable to predators if left alone. The nearest kennel service (with limited hours) is at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
  • Please clean up after your pet.

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Las Cruces Las Cruces Las Cruces
Southern New MexicoLas Cruces is a charming city nestled between the awe-striking Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. There are a variety of unique local attractions and historic museums to keep visitors entertained.
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Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas
Southern TexasSavor Laredo’s many colorful flavors, from its rich history to its unique culture where two worlds meet, creating an experience unlike anything else. This southern getaway is the ideal venue for an enticing menu of bargain buys of every kind. Just being in Laredo brings you close to Mexico, but if you desire an even closer look, go no further than San Bernardo Avenue. We look forward to extending a warm "Bienvenido a Laredo" to you.
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El Paso El Paso El Paso
Mexican BorderEl Paso meets not only New Mexico but Old Mexico as well, making it a place rich in culture and history. High mountains cut through the city which gives it a dramatic setting as well as a great offering of very nearby outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
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Matagorda County Matagorda County Matagorda County
Texas Gulf Coast BeachesMidway between Galveston and Corpus Christi, right where the Colorado River meets the sea, Matagorda County lies at a curious confluence of nature and history that goes back nearly 500 years, and it just seems to get better with time.
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Amarillo Amarillo Amarillo
Texas PanhandleFrom Palo Duro Canyon to Historic Route 66 to The American Quarter Horse Museum to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and much, Amarillo has something for everyone. To learn about Amarillo's exciting attractions, history and culture.
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Kerrville Kerrville Kerrville
Hill CountryKerrville's spring-fed creeks make the area a natural paradise filled with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In town you'll find friendly locals and exciting things to do, such as visiting museums or shopping unique boutiques.
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Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton
Texas Gulf CoastThe charm of the Texas Coast. We love it here on the Texas Gulf Coast and want you to know and love it too. Rockport-Fulton is a state of mind as much as it is a place.
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Abilene Abilene Abilene
Central TexasVisit Abilene, the defining city of West Texas, where the frontier spirit is still applied to discovery, development and creativity. Abilene boasts a central location - just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - and is home to 120,000 friendly people. Relax, explore and enjoy our mix of western heritage, contemporary culture and traditional values.
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Odessa Odessa Odessa
West TexasOdessa is a vibrant, energetic West Texas city rich in culture and heritage. It offers several museums, attractions, and annual festivals that please residents as well as visitors. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and different place to visit, then Odessa is the place for you!
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Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston
Texas Gulf CoastBay Area Houston is a charming bayside region that touches more than 35 miles of waterfront. It boasts succulent seafood, unique shopping, a booming boating community and awe-inspiring nature preserves.
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Midland Midland Midland
West TexasFeel the Energy in Midland, Texas! Midland is the perfect place to begin your adventure in West Texas. Features several museums, art, planetarium, festivals, & closest airport to Big Bend.
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Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill
Dallas AreaJust 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, and 25 minutes from DFW International Airport, Cedar Hill is Dallas Country's HOTTEST destination for small town charm, with big city choices. From shopping and dining, to sports and outdoors, we have it all!
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