When is the best time to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park?

My friend is in the military and just got stationed in El Paso. He doesn’t exactly love it there, but some locals told him to go to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. I’m heading down for a visit at some point, but I’m not sure when. What’s the best time to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on May 13, 2022
Guadalupe Mountains is one of the least-visited national parks, letting you explore a lesser-seen part of Texas without the crowds. If you want enjoyable weather, the best time to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in the fall.
On top of better weather, the park also becomes a vibrant array of yellow, orange, and red as the foliage changes colors. Many say it’s the best leaf-peeping in Texas, unrivaled by any other location.
If you want to start planning your trip, here are a few of the most popular activities throughout the park:
  • Print the National Park Service’s Fossil Identification Guide for an interesting scavenger hunt.
  • Hike into McKittrick Canyon, which is a limestone chasm 2,000 feet below the surrounding land.
  • For a less strenuous option, hike one of the 80 miles of trails that are shorter and without steep ascents and descents.
  • Explore the ruins of the Pinery Butterfield Stage Relay Station.
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