Directions to Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in Texas, well, it’s in West Texas to be a little more precise (check out the dot on the map), on the United States Highway 62/180.

Driving to Guadalupe Mountains National Park

We all know that Texas is a BIG place, so how about this to help you get your bearings;

  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park is around 110 miles to the east of El Paso, Texas.
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park is around 56 miles to the southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Anybody traveling to the north side of the park (Dog Canyon area) can access this area from the New Mexico State Road 137.
Traveling to Guadalupe Mountains National Park by Plane
If you want to fly a bit closer to Guadalupe Mountains National Park before continuing your journey by car, then the closest place you can fly to with a large commercial airline is to El Paso, Texas (110 miles from the park). Other, smaller airlines services are available to Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as Lubbock and Midland, Texas. There is a passenger service offered which runs between Albuquerque and Carlsbad, New Mexico. You’ll have to pick up a rental car from the airport.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Public Transportation
There isn’t any! Like I already said, if you fly into El Paso or Albuquerque you’ll have to hire a rental car to visit the park. There’s no public transport available, not even a shuttle service.

There wasn’t much traffic about was there?
Getting About Inside Guadalupe Mountains National Park

The drive approaching the Guadalupe Mountains National Park is beautiful in all directions, but once you arrive at the park that’s it, there are no paved roads within the park for driving tours. The roads do provide access to many of the facilities and glorious hidden treasures the park has to offer including the Visitor Center at Pine Springs and the Pine Spring Campground, Frijole Ranch, the McKittrick Canyon Contact Station, Williams Ranch (suitable for 4×4 vehicles only) and the numerous trailheads.
Most visitors to the park come to enjoy more than 80 miles of hiking trails – well, you don’t have to do ALL of them.