Guadalupe Mountains Hiking Trip (2 Days/3 Nights)

Guadalupe Peak, the highest natural point in Texas, stands atop the Guadalupe Mountain Range in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Come experience mountains, canyons, night skies and spectacular vistas with us in one of the most unique members of the National Parks Service. Visit a new-to-you national park that is still unknown to most and tick another highpoint off your list! Interested in this trip? Call us at 888-849-6637 or email to reserve your spot!


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Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Meet your Backwoods Adventures’ guide at Guadalupe National Park HQ between 3 and 5 pm. We’ll setup camp, have a meet-and-greet with a trip overview, before dinner at our group campsite. (Meals included: dinner)

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Hike McKittrick Canyon

After breakfast in camp we’ll depart in vehicles for the McKittrick Canyon Visitor’s Center and trailhead. Each spring and fall, this canyon comes alive with color. Wildflowers and new growth in the spring. Each fall Bigtooth Maples turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red, providing a striking contrast to the typical desert yuccas, agave, sotol, and the evergreen pines normally found only in the park’s higher elevations. Hiking 2.4 miles, we’ll arrive at Pratt Lodge, former home of Wallace Pratt who donated the land in this amazingly beautiful canyon to the national park system spurring the development of the park. After a short hike deeper into the canyon we’ll stop at a natural cave-like structure called “The Grotto” for lunch. After hiking back to the trailhead (total 7 mile roundtrip) we’ll head back to camp for dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Climb to the Top of Texas!

After spending two nights at higher elevation (campsite is at 5480 ft) you’ll be ready for today’s hike to the highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak, at 8749 ft. Depending on the route we choose, this 8.5 to 10 mile hike will take us from the desert lowlands up into the high forest of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir. Arriving at the summit, we’ll sign the summit log and enjoy a trail lunch while taking in the breathtaking views over the desert salt flats below. We’ll then descend back down to the trailhead, say our goodbyes to this amazing park, and to the famous Hotel El Capitan in Van Horn for a well-deserved shower, hearty celebration dinner, and sleep in a cozy bed.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Depart West Texas

Farewell breakfast at Hotel El Capitan, check out of hotel, and depart for home.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Trip Details


Guadalupe National Park HQ


Guadalupe National Park HQ


3 Days

Fitness Level


Guadalupe Mountains National Park is one of Texas’ best-kept secrets and a hiker’s paradise. On this trip you’ll hike the state’s highest peak and deepest canyon, and witness the state’s most brilliant display of fall color. You’ll learn of the legends and lore of those that have inhabited this beautiful desert wilderness over the last 10,000 years. In the end, you won’t help but wonder why this is one of the least visited national parks in the country.

What's Included
  • 2 nights camping in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • 2 nights hotels in Van Horn, TX
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary, plus an assortment of trail snacks
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tents available upon request (3-person, 3-season Marmot tents)
  • Camp Kitchen/Group Cooking Gear
  • Guided Day-hikes and Activities
  • Permits and Guide fees
  • Transportation (available to/from Midland, TX, or you may meet us in Van Horn)
What's Not Included
  • National Park Entrance Fee for those who choose to drive their own vehicles ($15/vehicle, good for one week)
  • Additional Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages or other beverages that you may choose to bring
  • Personal Gear and Clothing
  • Gratuities

Additional Information


At camp, your guides will prepare your meals for you. Traditional trail snacks are provided, but you are welcome to bring some of your favorite snacks if you prefer. We know that well-fed hikers are happy hikers and we aim to please! Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated with at least 30 days advance notice.


We stay at the historic El Capitan Hotel in Van Horn on the final night of our trip. Other nights will be spent camping in the Pine Springs Campground in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Accommodations are quoted in double occupancy. Single accommodations may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please inquire upon registration.


Some of the hikes on this itinerary are strenuous and all trails are very rocky. These hikes should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

Single Supplement

All prices are calculated for double-occupancy. To ensure your comfort, we will always match you with a roommate of the same sex – and if we're unable to match you with a roommate, you may end up with your own room free of charge. If sharing is not your idea of fun, you can request a single supplement for a small upcharge when you pay your final amount. You will be able to make this election on your trip registration.



Meet Your Guides

Tim Macleod
Tim Macleod

Tim Macleod is the Assistant General Manager of Backwoods in Fort Worth, a native of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and long-time employee of Backwoods. Tim has loved backpacking for the past 28 years, kayaking for 25 years, and climbing for 20 years. His travels have taken him to Utah, Idaho, Wyomong, and New Mexico for backpacking and climbing adventures, and he kayaks anywhere he can find water in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.


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