Pine Springs Campground is a simple, desert camping area situated at the base of the mountain. Individual campsites are all at a first come, first served basis. There is no reservation system.
Campground conveniences include: potable water, accessible flush-toilet restrooms , utility sink, pay telephones, and a drink machine. There are no showers available in the campground.
Tent campers have a choice of 20 leveled, gravel sites. Small junipers and oaks partially shade most of the sites and each site has a picnic table. Numbers are limited to 6 people or 2 tents per site.
The RV camping area is a paved parking lot with 19 sites to choose from. RV sites are defined by painted lines and numbers on the pavement. There are no hook-ups and there is no dump station. RV water tanks can be filled from an outside water faucet near the registration board. RV campsite #21 is wheelchair accessible.
When you camp here in an RV you are basically parking in a parking lot. It has a bathroom and all, but other than that - just a parking lot. However, this is right at the trail head for Guadalupe Peak so if you are planning to hike that it is super convenient!! Parking lots get full really early in the day and you end up parking at the visitor center and hiking down to the trial head. But, if you stay here it makes it super easy to walk out of your door and hit the trails. For that reason alone we would stay here! It's not somewhere I would want to spend a week though. Just a night to be able to easily jump on the trails the next morning!
We camped at tent site 12. We had stunning views with some shade. The National Park staff was very informative and interactive they patrol the area frequently. They have the cleanest chemical toilets I have ever seen. Trails are beautiful and well marked. I absolutely would recommend this park to any and everyone.
Bag the peak of Guadelupe Mountains National Park and you will have bagged the highest point in Texas. The Pine Springs Campground is an excellent starting point for a trip to the park. The campground is close to the park entrance and ranger station. You'll be camping with Guadelupe Peak within your sight. However, there are a number of trailheads that you can reach from this campground - Guadelupe Peak, Devil's Hall, El Capitan and The Bowl.. The weather at the park can be brutal varying from high heat in the summer to strong winds year round to snow in the winter. Many of the hiking trails do not have tree shade, so be prepared to hike and be exposed to the sun for long periods of time. The campground has toilets and potable water, but no showers. The individual campsites are all first come, first served. I believe that the group campsites can be reserved in advance. The sunrises and sunsets at this park can be dramatic. You may not see the sun on the horizon unless you are on top of the peak, but the alpenglow on the mountains can be seen from the Pine Springs campground. There are not many towns near the park, so get your supplies before you exit I-10. Otherwise you'll need to drive far into Carlsbad, NM.
This is a beautiful park with stellar camping. It is close to all the things you’ll want to do in the National Park. You are nestled among the famous cliffs and mountains of the area surrounded by interesting plants and wildlife. There are separate loops for tents and RVs with the full amenities of a state park…thankfully including water.
Yay: this is a hot and sticky area and although there are no showers the bathrooms have full water, allowing you take a washcloth bath. Sites are spread out well for good privacy.
Nay: not too much shade, but not awful for TX.
Surprise: lots of hikes leave right from the campground, simplifying the day a little! As always the rangers are great. Incredible sunsets.
We stayed here one night during our trip to Guadalupe.
Bathrooms had running water and we were able to finally wash our dishes! Lots of wildlife, we saw a javelina and her babies cruise through the campsite.
From the campground there are a multitude of trails that are easily accessible, and the campsite is not at all far from the visitor center or the main road. We loved the interpretive trail with info on all the native plant species (handicap accessible). We also saw some sheep while we where there!
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is seriously underrated. And their developed campground, Pine Springs, is a gem in the NPS.
Pine Springs is located near the visitor center and main hub of the park, making it a great base camp for epic day hikes in the park.
When we first arrived at the park, we felt adventurous and got a backcountry permit (free) for several overnights we planned to do throughout the park. However, since there is no road running up and over the huge ridge, and most of the trails don’t easily connect, we quickly realized that our plans would require a lot of hauling our packs up and down 3,000-foot elevations changes and camping in sub-freezing temperatures each day. Our first night was spent up along the ridge in the “Bowl,” but our other three nights were spent in Pine Springs.
Pine Springs checked off most of our requirements for an awesome campsite: cheap (only $8/night for a tent site), close to the highlights (the classic Guadalupe Peak trail leaves from the parking lot) and scenic, spacious sites (check, check). Amenities were the basic flush toilets and picnic tables, but for the cost, that was more than understandable.
There is a lot the Guadalupe Mountains offers, including the hikes we mentioned: The Bowl loop, Guadalupe Peak (highest point in Texas!), McKittrick Canyon hiking, and some of the greatest sunsets of our entire trip.
You can read much more about our four days in the park on our blog: Switchback Kids (Guadalupe Mountains)
Nestled at the bottom of the beautiful Guadalupe mountain this campground is family friendly and totally Texas !!
Decent level sites for the tents off one loop with the RV off to another loop (i like that you're not surrounded by an RV when in your tent). The tent sites are much nicer than the parking lot for the RVs. Sites are decently spaced out with your normal table and fire ring, you then also have nice clean restrooms and potable water. You're right up against the Guadalupe Mountains which are a wonderful sight.
Right up against the Guadalupe Mountains! They have water, real bathrooms, and a decent amount of shade…a great combination in Texas. Sites are great, you park and then walk 5 to a few hundred feet to your very private, semi-shady site. Short walk to the visitor center and some hikes (from easy to extreme) start here. No reservations but not super busy, at least not in May. Good wildlife too!
Pine Springs campground is a place full of awe and wonder. Hiking through this vast mountainous region makes you wonder how long it took for these mountains to form and become such an amazing land of beauty and unanswered questions. As such a nice place, I would recommend it, although it is not in a forest setting as is much of the Appalachian Mtns.