Permian Reef Trail

  • Along the Permian Reef Trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas.


Dogs No

Fall Foliage

8.4 (miles)


Out & Back

~2200 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


Guadalupe Mountains

The Permian Reef Trail is a difficult hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This is a tough hike with a lot of elevation gain and distance. It may not be the best choice for those hikers with small children. This hike begins at the McKittrick Canyon Trailhead. The park says "for serious geology buffs, this trail has stop markers that can be used with a comprehensive geology guide, available at the park's Headquarters Visitor Center. There are excellent views into McKittrick Canyon from the top of Wilderness Ridge. The trail is 8.4 miles round-trip, rated strenuous with 2,000 feet of elevation gain." As with all trails in the Guadalupe Mountains, make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. There are two developed front country campgrounds in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the Pine Springs Campground and the Dog Canyon Campground.

Red Tape

Entrance & Camping Fees, Backcountry Camping Free
Contact: Guadalupe Mountains National Park 400 Pine Canyon Drive Salt Flat, TX 79847

Texas Trails

Guadalupe Mountains Trails

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hiking Trail Guide

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