Time: June 4, 2011 from 8am to 12pm
Location: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Street: 400 Pine Canyon Drive
City/Town: Salt Flat, TX
Website or Map: http://www.nps.gov/gumo/
Phone: 915-828-3251 x2124
Event Type: national, trails, day, event
Organized By: Karl M. Pierce
Latest Activity: Jun 3, 2011
Guadalupe Mountains National Park will host a Discover Guadalupe Mountains National Park for National Trails Day event in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Day®. The event will be held at the Pine Springs Trailhead, McKittrick Canyon Visitor Contact Station, Dog Canyon Visitor Contact Station and Headquarters (Pine Springs) Visitor Center. Spend a wonderful day discovering the Guadalupe Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. Trails range from easy to strenuous, and wind through desert, riparian, wooded and forested areas, including the largest wilderness area in the state of Texas. Climb to the "Top of Texas" to 8,749 foot Guadalupe Peak, the highest peak in Texas. Explore spectacular McKittrick Canyon. Enjoy the solitude of one of the trails from Dog Canyon. Tables will be staffed at the Pine Springs Trailhead, and the McKittrick Canyon and Dog Canyon Visitor Contact Stations with information and other goodies. Families with children will want to stop by the Headquarters (Pine Springs) Visitor Center to obtain Junior or Senior Ranger or Junior Paleontologist activity booklets. Maps, guidebooks, hiking sticks and other items may be purchased at the Guadalupe Mountains Bookstore, which is operated by non-profit cooperating association partner Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association (www.ccgma.org) inside the Headquarters (Pine Springs) Visitor Center. With over 80 miles of trails, 60% of which are available for horseback riding, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is an excellent place for visitors to get fresh air and exercise in a natural, awe-inspiring national park. Weather may be unpredictable in the Guadalupe Mountains, so dress appropriately and bring plenty of water, food and snacks, as there are no stores or food service within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Remember to fill your gas tank before coming to the park, as there are no services available in the park and the closest gas station is 35 miles away.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in far West Texas on U.S. Highway 62/180. The driving distance is 110 miles east of El Paso, Texas, or 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Visitors traveling to Dog Canyon, on the park's north side, can access the area via New Mexico State Road 137. There is no public transportation or shuttle service available in the park. While the approach to Guadalupe Mountains National Park is scenic from any direction, there are no paved driving tours within the park. Park roads provide access to the Headquarters (Pine Springs) Visitor Center and Campground, the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Contact Station, Frijole Ranch, the Dog Canyon Visitor Contact Station and Campground, Williams Ranch (4X4 only), and trailheads.