Guadalupe Mountains National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
86,416 acres
Annual Visitation
159,360 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
October 15, 1966
Entrance Fee
$3 per person per week
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
3,636 feet near Williams Road
Highest Elevation
8,749 feet at Guadalupe Peak
Lowest Average Temp
31F in January
Record Low Temp
0F in 1989
Highest Average Temp
85F in July
Record High Temp
105F in 1994
Our Last Visit
May 2009

Park Contact Information

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
400 Pine Canyon Road, Salt Flat, TX 79847
Info at (915) 828-3251
Fax to (915) 828-3269

Park Creation Timeline

On October 15, 1966, Congress passes the bill authorizing the park. More land was purchased to build on the donation of the McKittrick Canyon area by Wallace Pratt in 1960.

Animals and Plants

Most desert mammals are nocturnal, including kit foxes, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, badgers, skunks, raccoons, and 16 species of bats. Mule deer, javelinas, and jackrabbits restrict their activity to early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
Reptiles are many, with snakes including bullsnakes, coachwhips, and 5 types of rattlesnakes, with the largest being the western diamondback. Lizards are abundant, with the most common being prairie, mountain short-horned, and collared lizards. Western box turtles are the only type of turtle in the park.
There are more than 1000 species of plants. Many of these are common desert species such as ocotillo, creosote bush, honey mesquite trees, yuccas, beargrass, sotol, agaves, and several types of cacti such as prickly pear.

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