This is the best place to be when hiking/touring Guadalupe Mts National Park, especially if you plan to hike Guadalupe Peak (the trailhead is in the parking lot). The sites are nice - some are a short walk-in, some are right next to your parking spot.
We don't RV, but the RV sites were underwhelming - it's just a parking lot with no hookups.
The restrooms were nice and clean, but no showers. This wasn't fun when you're sweaty and stinky from hiking all day. There was also a dish washing station. There's one bathroom with flush toilets, and another at the other end of the campground with vault toilets. The closest hotel, store, and restaurant are all ~30 minutes away in White's City so bring everything you need.
There's no campfires allowed (ever), plus they had a slightly increased burn ban when we were there so we couldn't use camp fuel products but I understand that you normally can use them. Good thing we had a backup butane stove.
It's a very pretty location and is a great campground, especially for being in the middle of nowhere!
This is a great campground for tents & hammocks. If you are in an RV is it parking lot camping only. There is a working restroom (no showers) as well as a washing station for dishes. It is in the perfect spot for many of the main trails in the park. We visited in July. The nights were nice, however, from 11am-6pm it is best to find shade or something to do (we drove around and explored the area).
Closest gas station is in Dell City (about a 30 minute drive) that is also the closest place to get food or ice, so just be prepared! I have more pictures and information here on my blog.
If you're a tent camper, this is a gorgeous campground. Again indivdual walk-in sites, gorgeous views and amazing hiking opportunities.
Bathrooms were clean.
RV "camping" is more a paved parking lot where they allow you to stay over night. Is also shared with trailhead parking. There are a couple of nice single sites along the edge, luckily we were able to snatch one of these.
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.
Developed campground with pit toilets and more modern amenities within walking distance, full cell phone reception and flushing toilets. There is a central parking area and each campsite is a short walk from the car to the picnic bench and fire ring. Short trees and sagebrush offer some privacy between campsites. The site we stayed in was a bit cramped even though we had three, two-man tents. You can walk to the visitor center from the campsites.
Beautiful views of Guadalupe peak. The star gazing was decent, not as great as some other parks (Big Bend NP, Joshua Tree NP). We didn't have time to summit Guadalupe Peak but we did the Frijole Ranch Museum and the Smith Spring Trail which was great.
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!
Primitive campsite on trail near highest mountain peak. There were several primitive campsites in close proximity. Our campsite had a large metal bear box in which you could store food and packs. The site was large enough for a few tents (2-3), we had a group of five and have more than enough room. Nearby, there was a compostable bathroom that was shared by the surrounding campsites. The toilet is rather open, and they ask to add on soil/mulch after using the bathroom. There is not a water source (to my knowledge) anywhere on the mountain or close to the trail, so you must pack in all water. This campsite is approximately a mile from the (insert mountain trail here); where it meets with (this trail), the peak is a half-mile further along. Additionally, if you continue along the (trail with the campsite), it connects with a ridge-side loop, with breathtaking views atop the ridge that look out over an immense canyon (flatlands?). On a clear day, you can easily see the Rio Grande, Mexico, and the cliffs and mountains across the border.
Back in May, my wife and I made the trip out to West Texas to check out the Guadalupe Mountains. However, when we arrived at 11pm, the park was completely deserted. There didn't appear to be any information available outside the front office or around the campsite. Anyway, we started to set up camp and realized that we could smell smoke. After some deliberation, we decided to pack up and head towards a different park in NM. Upon further investigation, it appeared to be a fire that caused the park closure. No ones fault, but it still sucked getting out there and having to immediately pack up to head out.
What a nice place to stop and use as a 'home base' for hiking in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park! Simple campground with no showers, but decent bathrooms. Site was nice and level with a tent pad and even had a bit of shade. No reservations are taken here, but for the inexpensive price tag- it's worth a shot to find a spot. The park was only 1/2 full or so when we stayed there. It was peaceful and the sites felt spacious and truly connected to nature.
Unassumingly beautiful national park.