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Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness

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General Trip Planning Information

There are no facilities or camping supply stores near the park, so visitors should arrive fully-prepared for camping and backpacking. Fires are not allowed anywhere in the park. Use of containerized fuel in stoves is permitted. The nearest towns that sell propane, white gas, etc. are Carlsbad, NM (55 miles) and El Paso, TX (110 miles).

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, birdwatching, photography, and nature study are popular activities.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

The Guadalupe Mountains are famous for high winds. Winds are strongest in winter and spring and can exceed 80 mph on occasion. Typically clear nights result in large temperature drops. The average high/low temperatures for the middle elevations (5,000 - 7,000 feet)are: Jan. 53/30, Apr. 71/46, Jul. 87/63, Oct. 71/49. The high country is typically 10-15 degrees cooler. Factor in windchill for winter and spring. Precipitation is highest in the summer months.

Safety and Current Conditions

There are no water sources, so plan on carrying 1 gallon per person per day. On hot days, it is possible to use a quart an hour during strenuous activity so more than a gallon may be necessary during late spring and summer.

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