Pine Springs Campground
in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
A good base for hiking
There are no hotels in or near the park, so camping will be the only option for an overnight stay. The Guadalupe Mountains are for those who really enjoy the outdoors. There are restrooms and water available in the campground. Each site has an area for parking the vehicle, a picnic table, and a pad for tents. The main trailhead is nearby, therefore it is an excellent base for preparing for hikes. In both of my visits, there was never a problem in getting a campsite. I would imagine some weekends and Spring Break might be different, however most of the time there should not be a problem. In 2008, the cost was $8 per campsite in addition to the $5 fee if you plan on hiking. The visitor center is a short walk away.
Unique Quality: This truly provides an isolated feeling, even though other campers are not too far. A very fond memory was waking up at 4am for a predawn climb of Guadalupe Peak and seeing a vast array of stars and the Milky Way above my head. If you have a telescope and have room for it, bring it.
A Campground Within the Park
Pine Springs Campground is located just off Highway 62/180 near the Headquarters Visitor Center. This campground is located in the desert, with the high mountain walls towering above you. This campground has no hook-ups, but water, wheelchair accessible restrooms, a service sink, and pay telephone are available. There are 20 tent sites, and 19 RV sites available in Pine Springs. This is the worst campground I have ever seen for RVs in a National Park, but it is a good location to explore Guadalupe from, and we were greeted by 7 golden Eagles circling overhead when we arrived. Also we saw groups of deer nearby in the evenings. The RV sites are literally on a paved parking lot with white lines and numbers showing you where to park. Luckily when we arrived, we were able to get an outside parking spot so that we had a small grassy spot with a picnic table on our door side.
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