Pine Springs Campground
Troy W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 6, 2018

Guadelupe Mountains National Park + Peak Bagging

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.

  • Typical campsite at the Pine Springs Campground. A parking spot and a short walk to the pad site.
  • Trailhead to four trails - Guadelupe Peak, Devil's Hall, El Capitan and The Bowl.
  • Hiking the Tejas Trail to Hunters Peak
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  • Hiking on the Devil's Hall Trail
  • Overlook on the way to Hunters Peak
  • Sunset over the valley
  • Hiking on the Tejas Trail
  • View into the valley from the Pine Springs campground
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