Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hiking Trail Guide


Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hiking Trail Guide

Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas is a hiker’s Mecca. The park has more than 80 miles of trail that weave through forested canyons, wildflower saturated meadows and up steep switchbacks into its rugged wilderness. Exploring offers the chance to see some of the 60 species of mammals, more than 300 different birds and 55 species of reptiles that dwell within the park. Below are some the best day hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The list features everything from family friendly trails to the high point of Texas, all with integrated maps and wildlife and plant guides. Simply click on any hike below for the complete trail guide.

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Easy Hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Difficult Hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Easy Hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

McKittrick Canyon Nature Trail

0.9 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The McKittrick Canyon Nature Trail is a very easy hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This is a great hike for kids and the elderly.

The Pinery Trail GMNP

0.75 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The Pinery Trail is a very easy ADA accessible hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This is a great hike for the elderly or those traveling with young kids. Leashed dogs permitted on this trail.

Smith Spring Trail (GMNP)

2.3 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The Smith Spring Trail is an easy hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This trail is great for kids.

Manzanita Spring Trail (GMNP)

0.5 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The Manzanita Spring is a very easy ADA accessible hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This hike is perfect for the elderly or those hiking with small children.

Indian Meadow Nature Trail

0.6 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The Indian Meadow Nature Trail is a very easy historical hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This trail is perfect for the elderly or hikers with young kids.

Moderate Hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Devil’s Hall Trail (GMNP)

4.2 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~400 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

Devil's Hall Trail is a moderate hike in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This trail is kid friendly.

Frijole and Foothills Trails

4.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~650 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

Frijole and Foothills Trails are a moderate hiking trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This hike is kid friendly.

McKittrick Canyon Trail

4.8 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~600 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The McKittrick Canyon Trail is a moderate hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This hike is good for kids.

Marcus Overlook Trail

4.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~900 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The Marcus Overlook is a moderate hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This trail is kid friendly.

Guadalupe Mountains Lost Peak Trail

6.4 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1400 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The Lost Peak Trail is a moderate hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This hike is kid friendly, but may be a bit much for very young kids.

Difficult Hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Peak Trail

8.4 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~3000 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

Guadalupe Peak Trail is a strenuous hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This trail is kid friendly, but does have more than 3,000 ft. of elevation gain. It may not be the best for young kid

The Bowl Trail (GMNP)

9.1 (miles)

 Strenuous

Loop

~2500 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The Bowl Trail is a strenuous hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This trail is kid friendly, but is really tough and may not be the best for young kids.

El Capitan and Salt Basin Overlook Trails

11.3 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~1500 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

El Capitan/Salt Basin Overlook Trails is a strenuous hike in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This trail is really difficult and may not be the best for small kids.

Permian Reef Trail

8.4 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~2200 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Texas

Guadalupe Mountains

The Permian Reef Trail is a difficult hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This trail is a tough and may not be the best for young kids.