The Bowl Trail (GMNP)

  • The Bowl Trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas.
  • Soaring Ponderosa Pines along the Bowl Trail in GMNP.
  • High country scenery along the Bowl Trail in Guadalupe Mountains NP.


Dogs No

9.1 (miles)



~2500 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


Guadalupe Mountains

The Bowl is a strenuous 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 Pine Springs Trailhead. The park says "a beautiful coniferous forest of pine and Douglas fir covers the high ridges and canyons, and awaits those who are willing to hike up 2500 feet from the Chihuahuan desert below. The remnants of wildland fire are still evident along sections of the trails. From Pine Springs campground, follow the Frijole Trail, and Bear Canyon Trail to the top, then left on the Bowl Trail. Take a side trip to Hunter Peak, then descend via Tejas Trail. This hike is rated strenuous. Allow 8-10 hours; round trip is 9.1 miles." 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.

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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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