Visitors must obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center or self registration satiation. The cost is $5 USD per permit and is good for one week. Annual permits are a available at visitor center for $20 USD.
Features: Fall Colors — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
The trail is very rocky with a mix of loose gravel, making for a challenging run. Shoes with rockplates are recommended.
The Guadalupe Peak Trail is 4.2 linear miles each way. Actual trail mileage is approximately 15 miles round trip. 3 - 5 liters of water are recommended for the trail. Be sure to bring a snack and flashlight/headlamp as it is easy to be caught on the trail after dark. Shoes with good ankle support and a sturdy running stick are highly recommended. Loose and slick rocks as well as large steps up & down are along the trail. There is no cell phone service except at the peak itself. Be aware that this trail/park is extremely busy during peak times such as spring break.
A backcountry campsite is available on the trail approximately 1 mile from the peak. No water is available on the trail.
High winds are common and can be dangerous!
Flora & Fauna
Mountaintop forests are home to animals such as elk, black bear, gray foxes, striped and hog-nosed skunks, porcupine, mule deer, mountain lions, and mountain short-horned lizards.
Nocturnal desert animals include the kit fox, coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, badger, Texas banded gecko, and about 16 species of bats. Mule deer, javelinas, and black-tailed jackrabbits are seen early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
Beware of poisonous snakes.