Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks Hiking Trip
Head to El Paso and go East and you'll run into two magnificent National Parks. Literally taking 62/180 out of El Paso for 100 minutes lands you at the trailhead for the highest point in Texas in the amazing Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
After spending time in this wonderful hiking wonderland you can continue another 45 minutes to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, where it's about way more than the caves. Located so close to each other this gives the "park bagger" a nice 1-2 punch to knock out two parks on a fun filled Texas road trip!
Today I'll share 5 great hikes to consider in the parks when you visit. Dog Canyon in GMNP is supposed to be an amazing way off the beaten path sector of the park but I have never personally been there so won't include.
When To Go: Winter, Spring, and Fall
Where To Stay: Day trip it from El Paso (though it would be tough to see both parks in one day trip), tent or RV camping in GMNP, and lodging in Whites City and Carlsbad New Mexico.
Things To Consider: The famous "bat flight" only happens May thru Octoberish in Carlsbad Caverns.
Word to the Wise: Fill up on gas! There is NOTHING in between El Paso and GMNP. You will have some long stretches so make sure you have water, gas, and a spare tire.
In conclusion these are two highly underrated and low visited National Parks. Combine them with a trip to the fun El Paso, down to Big Bend National Park, or just enjoy them all on their own. They are worthy of that!
Have you ever been to either park? Any questions? Comments below!
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Mike R and the Hashtag 59 Team.