Hiking Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks  by Bill Schneider

Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks Guide Book

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks  by Bill Schneider
Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico is renowned for its amazing system of limestone caves, but it also rewards those who traverse the aboveground trails with striking desert scenery. The neighboring Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas is also blessed with spectacular trails, offering hidden retreats in narrow canyons and breathtaking vistas from atop huge escarpments. Uncrowded and remote, both parks offer superb hiking in unique environments. Hiking Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks is the only comprehensive guide to all thirty-six trails - both underground and aboveground - in these two national parks. From deep caverns to high peaks and backcountry canyons, these parks provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable experience. Whether you're seeking an underground exploration or a backcountry hiking adventure, let Hiking Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks be your guide.

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Trails from the "Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 28.

This trail is for the adventurous hiker only. It goes through the most remote and rugged part of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This trip could be done in one very long day of strenuous walking, b ...
Salt Flat, TX - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14.8
This loop trail offers an ideal multi-day adventure in the remote regions of the Guadalupe Mountains—and also the opportunity to see the most famous features of the park, such as Guadalupe Peak and th ...
Salt Flat, TX - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 17.8
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This trail is for everybody. It's entirely paved, has lots of interesting interpretation, and is accessible to people with mobility impairments. You can take the short loop in either direction, but th ...
Whites City, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
The first mile of this trip follows a well-defined trail up Pine Springs Canyon. This is the horse route up Guadalupe Peak, so the trail is well-defined and easy to follow. The trail passes through th ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
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This is a great way to get the ultimate view of McKittrick Canyon because you don't have to climb up "The Big Sweat," the steep climb out of McKittrick Canyon. However, it involves a problematic shutt ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.9
This is definitely one of the most spectacular hikes in the Guadalupe Mountains. Unfortunately, it requires some special effort to arrange a shuttle to Williams Ranch. When you get out on the trail, h ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.4
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You can take this loop from either the Frijole Ranch or the Pine Springs Trailhead. However, starting at Pine Springs means 1 mile of additional hiking to get to and from the foothills trail.
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
For more than one reason, this trail is the high point of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Guadalupe Peak is not only the highest spot in the park, but also in all of Texas. At 8,749 feet, Guadalupe ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
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The Guadalupe Ridge Trail is the center stage of the Carlsbad Caverns trail system. From this trail, you can see most of the park, and get a great feeling for the expansiveness and beauty of Carlsbad ...
Whites City, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 27
This might be the most convenient way to experience the "other" Carlsbad Caverns, the world above ground. This trail follows the ridge just south of the paved road from Whites City to the park headqua ...
Whites City, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
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When considering this hike, one big question comes up right away—clockwise or counterclockwise? This question is often debated among local hikers and park rangers with, unfortunately, no consensus. ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
Early settlers in the area saw tepees set up in this meadow and named it Indian Meadow. Today, it's certainly easy to see why Native Americans used the meadow as a campsite. It's level, protected, and ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
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This is an ideal short hike to take during your afternoon drive around Scenic Loop Drive, perhaps after your visit to the cave earlier that morning. Unlike most other hikes in the park, however, the t ...
Whites City, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
For people staying at Dog Canyon Campground, the Indian Meadow Interpretive Trail may not be enough exercise and excitement. If so, the Lost Peak trail is a great choice for a half-day hike. It's ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
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Whichever way you hike this loop, it's still a long 13.1 miles with a 1,500-foot elevation gain. You can make it a long day hike or take your time and stay overnight at Mescalero Camp. You can get you ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.1
As you drive up the road toward McKittrick Canyon, you might not believe you're headed for one of most famous and scenic spots in Texas. The topography hides the canyon well. Rest assured that McKittr ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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This trail is just right for a short, easy hike. Along the way you get a bonus—a chance to learn about many plants and animals inhabiting the McKittrick Canyon area.
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
The first part of this trip follows a trail up to The Grotto. Shortly after The Grotto, the trail changes dramatically. It's no longer the serene walk in the woods of the McKittrick Canyon bottomlands ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 15.2
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Permian Reef is one of the most spectacular trails in the park. Yet, it doesn't receive much use. Most people going to McKittrick Canyon to hike choose the flat route up the beautiful, forested canyon ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
This trail slices through the heart of the Guadalupe Mountains and exposes many of its famous jewels to hikers lucky enough to take the trip. It includes views of Guadalupe Peak, a great walk in the ...
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 18.9
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