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Guadalupe Mts NP - Pine Springs CG, TX

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Guadalupe Mts NP is located in west Texas about 110 miles east of El Paso on US 62/180. The park HQ and Visitors Center is at Pine Springs. There are two campgrounds - one at Pine Springs and another in Dog Canyon, accessible from New Mexico.

915 828-3251

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The small CG at Pine Springs is first-come, first-served. We arrived early on a Sunday afternoon and there were several sites available. We got a nice site at the end of the row, with a great view of the mountains.

Date of visit: Mar 2008

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The RV section of the CG is essentially a parking lot, with double-wide spaces painted on the pavement. There are a total of 19 RV spots: spots 26-30 and 37-39 are in the middle of the lot and are big-rig friendly, while 21-25 and 31-36 are for smaller rigs. There are no hookups and no dump station.

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After our arrival, the haze really thickened through the afternoon. Along with the haze came strong winds - we measured 40 mph overnight.

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Sites 21-25 are on the left (our rig is on 25), and the big fiver is on 29.

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The next morning the air had dramatically, giving a much clearer view of the mountains. The big class C is on site 30, while 33 and 32 are at the right.

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There is a small bathroom - no showers or hot water.

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Tent campers can choose from 20 sites.

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85 miles of hiking trails give folks a great chance to visit many different topographical areas: McKittrick Canyon, several springs, salt flats, the remains of a former Butterfield Stage Line stop, and the big prize, Guadalupe Peak (left), at 8749' the highest point in Texas .

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Sunrise at Pine Springs.

Amenities

Dump station available

Verizon Extended Network service (but my phone, despite 3 bars, would not dial)

Rates: $8 (50% off with Golden Age Pass)

Open all year

Coord: 31.896137 N, 104.827390 W

Activities/Nearby Attractions

Guadalupe Peak and other hiking destinations

Frijole Ranch History Museum

Carlsbad Caverns (55 miles north)

 

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