Guadalupe Mountains National Park News
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Additional Closures Implemented Due to Increased Fire Risk
May 23, 2022 | 3:56 pm
Effective Wednesday, May 25th, Guadalupe Mountains National Park will implement additional closures to park areas due to increased fire risk.
Guadalupe Mountains Features Harlan Butt as Spring 2022 Artist-in-Residence
April 25, 2022 | 8:55 am
Guadalupe Mountains National Park will host and feature Harlan Butt as an Artist-in-Residence. He uses an enameling process that melts glass onto copper cut in the shape of feathers.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Require Toilet Bags for all Wilderness Use
April 22, 2022 | 9:52 am
Beginning June 21st, 2022, Guadalupe Mountains National Park will update its regulations regarding human waste requirements for wilderness use. Day hikers and all permitted overnight backpackers will be required to pack out human waste using a landfill-safe commercial toilet bag system.
Emergency Closure of All Wilderness Campgrounds Due to Fire Danger
April 21, 2022 | 9:25 am
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is closing all wilderness campgrounds until further notice due to extreme fire danger and increased wildfire activity throughout the area. The Southwest area of New Mexico and far west Texas are experiencing high to extreme fire danger and increased wildfire activity throughout the area.
Record Visitation at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 2021
February 18, 2022 | 11:38 am
Guadalupe Mountains National Park drew a record 243,000 recreational visits during 2021. These numbers reflect a 28% increase since the last pre-pandemic year of 2019 (189,000), and an 8% increase over 2017’s post-NPS centennial surge year (225,000). In a similar twelve month period, over one million vehicles drove through the park on U.S. Highway 62/180.
Wilderness Use Permit Changes at Guadalupe Mountains National Park
December 21, 2021 | 1:29 pm
Beginning January 1st, 2022, all overnight use of Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness Backcountry Permits will require a Wilderness Use Permit reservation fee of $6 plus a $6 per-person-per-night recreation fee.
Holiday Closure Changes at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 2022
December 16, 2021 | 1:53 pm
Beginning January 2022, the Pine Springs Visitor Center at Guadalupe Mountains National Park will be closed 5 days annually. The visitor center will be closed for these specific holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Washington’s Birthday. In previous years, the visitor center has been closed only on Christmas Day.
Fall Colors are Coming to the Guadalupe Mountains
October 6, 2021 | 8:00 am
By the end of the month, colorful fall foliage should adorn the mountain slopes and canyons of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Plan ahead and prepare for the best visit, and learn how you can help protect the park.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Opens Campground Reservations Online
September 9, 2021 | 10:44 am
As of September 30, 2021, visitors will be able to book reservations for the Pine Springs and Dog Canyon campgrounds and recreational vehicle (RV) sites online. All advanced and day-of reservations will be made through Recreation.Gov.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Seeks Public Input Regarding Proposed Changes for Wilderness Use Permits
July 30, 2021 | 12:47 pm
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is seeking public input on a new proposed fee for overnight Wilderness Use Permits (also referred to as backcountry camping permits). The park is also proposing to make Wilderness Use Permits available for reservation on Recreation.gov. The park has seen a significant increase in visitation and Wilderness use over the past decade, especially along the Guadalupe Peak trail and at the Guadalupe Peak campground. As visitation and use continue to increase, the proposed changes will allow visitors to secure their Wilderness Use Permit in advance and provide critical funding to improve the 80-plus miles of trails and 59 Wilderness campsites that offer hikers multiple ways to recreate and enjoy the park.