If you’re driving through Texas, you might stop at popular destinations like Houston, San Antonio or Dallas.
Maybe you’ll watch a rodeo, eat authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, or attend a sporting event. But Guadalupe Mountains National Park probably isn’t on your list of destinations.
You may never have heard of this remote national park in west Texas. But it’s worth a visit!
Learn more about this rugged wilderness here so you can plan your trip.
Where is Guadalupe Mountains National Park located?
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is one of the more remote national parks in the lower 48 states.
It is located north of Highway 180 in west Texas, bordering the New Mexico-Texas border. El Paso is less than two hours west and Carlsbad Caverns National Park is less than an hour northeast.
It has three visitor centers through which you can enter the park. The Dell City Contact Station is on the west side and the McKittrick Canyon Contact Station is on the northeast side.
And the Pine Springs Headquarters and Visitor Center is located just off Highway 180 in the southern part of the park.
About Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park encompasses 86,416 acres. It protects the four highest peaks in Texas and the world’s largest Permian fossil reef. Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in the Lonestar State, rises 8,751 feet above sea level.
But you won’t just see mountains here. In this part of Texas, you can also explore canyons, dunes and deserts. The rugged wilderness is fun for many people who hike and backpack here.
How much does a trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park cost?
As in other national parks, you can visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park for free with an annual pass.
These passes include the America the Beautiful Pass, Fourth Grade Pass, Senior Pass, Military Pass, and other interagency passes.
If you do not have an annual pass, you will pay an entrance fee of $10 per person (ages 16 and older). This fee allows you to use the park for up to seven consecutive days.
So if you visit the park two or three days in a week, you only have to pay admission once.