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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX

RV Rentals for Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Visiting Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a unique experience, for how many times do you get to see an example of a fossil reef in your travels? The pristine wilderness, the lovely hummingbirds flitting from tree to tree and the many recreational opportunities make this park the perfect Texas destination in a motorhome.



You can rent your RV at El Monte RV Rental locations in Dallas or in Phoenix, with a lovely trip across the southwest landscapes to this most attractive national park.


RV Camping


The Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers some great RV camping. Although neither have hookups or dump stations, you will be right up close to where all the action will take place on your vacation. There are two campgrounds to choose from:


Pine Springs – Located close to the Pine Springs Visitor Center, this campground provides:

  • Level sites with gravel
  • Water faucets for RV water tank fill-ups
  • Flush-toilet restrooms
  • Picnic table
  • Pay telephones

Dog Canyon – Located on the north side of the park, this campground provides:

  • 4 RV sites
  • Flush-toilet restrooms
  • Secluded and cool forested canyon location

First Trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park


Over 260 million years ago, this area was a vast sea, with lime building up as it was secreted from sponges and algae. The lime formed a reef which eventually got covered with mineral salts and sediment. As the earth uplifted, parts became exposed and people now come from around the world to study this amazing sample of a fossilized reef.


Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a favorite of hikers. There are more than eighty miles of trails that take you through forests and canyons and zigzagging up into the wilderness. This is a wonderful place to observe wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. See scrub desert in McKittrick Canyon, with yuccas and cacti living here with aplomb. You will view American Robins and Townsend Solitaires in your travels. Flowers are blooming of all kinds from the early spring through to the late fall.


Kids love coming to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. They have an educational program they can become involved in – the Junior Ranger program. It only takes about an hour, but they have so much fun with it. They also love the wildlife and geologic history of this area. Staying in an RV is simple for families, too. Everything is right there and handy, and it is a great place to relax at the end of a busy day full of adventures.


Things to Do While You’re There


Discover history, desert terrain, and outdoor recreation here at the park.

  • Pine Springs Visitor Center: Stop here first to pick up maps and plan your visit. There is an informative slide show and the staff will have a lot of information so you can design the perfect itinerary.
  • Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Station: Leave the visitor center and take off on the Pinery Trail to Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Station. Talk about history living in these ruins!
  • Williams Ranch: Follow the Overland stage trail and continue on the road to Williams Ranch to see an abandoned home that brings to life the difficulties that must have existed for settlers in this region.
  • McKittrick Canyon: Enjoy this canyon for not only its marvelous hiking trails, but you will see a marvelous collection of plants and animals. In the fall, the colors here are outstanding. Make your way to Pratt Cabin where you can have lunch at one of the nearby picnic tables or even sit right on the porch.
  • Frijole Ranch: You can stop in the museum for a view of the history of the Guadalupes. From here you can take a hike on the Smith Springs Trail or visit the one-room schoolhouse.
  • Salt Basin Dunes: Marvel at almost 2,000 acres of white dunes, some rising sixty feet in the air.
  • Dog Canyon: This is the perfect place for contemplation in the solitude of a secluded canyon. This is high country at 6,300 feet and you will want to be prepared for cold winds in the fall and winter.

Where to Find More Information


Guadalupe Mountains National Park website has a wealth of information for visitors. If a hiking buff, you can find a list of all the hiking trails within the park at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s trail page. Birders will appreciate the Birding page with a list of both summer and winter birds that are year-round residents or that migrate through the park.


El Monte RV Locations near Guadalupe Mountains National Park


If you are planning to arrive from the East Coast of the U.S., the El Monte RV Rental location in Dallas, Texas is the perfect place to start your vacation by renting an RV motorhome. We are only 45 minutes from the Dallas / Fort Worth Airport (DFW).

If coming from the West Coast, you can fly into the Phoenix International Airport (Sky Harbor International Airport) and the Phoenix, Arizona El Monte RV location is only an hour away. We will provide you with the perfect RV rental for a fabulous vacation. Call us today at (888) 337-2214.



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