Dog Canyon is located on the north end of Guadalupe Mountains National Park aka the highest point in Texas. Though secluded, Dog Canyon fills up fast so arrive early or plan in advance to claim your spot.
Due to the elevation, this campground is cooler and has more shelter than the Pine Springs campground. Dog Canyon has excellent trail access with options of one-day or shorter day hikes.
- Have a full tank of gas
- Bring your propane stove - fires are not allowed in any of the campgrounds.
Beautifully located in a tranquil setting. Camprgrounds are clean. Very quiet
Visiting Guadalupe national park was very surprising, after finding out that no reservations are required to camp I was a little worried that the location was going to packed but going in the middle of February it was just right. The tent camping side has a total of 19 tent sites which have benches as well as a prepared area for your tent which was nice the site had a bathroom nearby and trash cans very close to every site. The rv side had multiple spots for rvs (didn't count the spaces) but outside of the parking lot were flush toilets and a dish washing station, the trail heads were right by the parking lot so very convenient.
The trail the main trail guadalupe peak was breath taking (literally) the climb up takes about a 2 and half hours but the view up top is amazing! My only complaint of this place is that the amount of trails is lacking (only about 5) and after a day or two your pretty much done but if your in the are the hike up top is unbeatable.
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I really enjoyed this camp site and being in the park and so close to the mountains and trails. The views and sunset and sunrise were beautiful. The trails were easy access, especially the trail to the peak. Water, bathrooms, and sinks for washing dishes were also really close to the site. Lots of parking as well.
We arrived in the evening, and the place was full-up. Someone had taken a group site and had no use for the extra tent pad and shared it with us. Really pretty area, and a National Park that deserves more attention.
Have visited several times over the years. Pretty cool even in the hottest of summers, yet warm during the winter months. Great spot to base camp for hikes into the Guadalupe Mountains! Flush toilets but no showers. Tent pads and fresh water nearby. Love to watch the hummingbirds at the headquarters porch fighting over the feeders. No cell phones to bother you here, just peace and quiet. A bit off the beaten path, but well worth the trip.
Though it is located in the desert in the middle of December it was still pretty warm. There were a total of 9 sites but only two were occupied. The sites were fairly huge. The only down side was that there were no campfires allowed. We did bring our stoves and managed to stay warm in the 40s at night. I stayed there for 2 nights. There was a fountain for water and restrooms. We got the chance to hike the mejas trail which took up half the day. Absolutely one of the better camp spots
Great sites! Highly recommended!!