Salt Basin Dunes Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Salt Basin Dunes Trail explores the northern edge of the second largest gypsum sand dune field in the United States. A 2.6- mile round- trip hike goes from the trailhead on the Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s western boundary to the historic Butterfield Stage Route on the north side of the dunes.
Hikers can make a half- mile loop through the dunes, following social trails and crossing the open dunes, from the end of the trail. The doubletrack trail follows a level closed road to the stage route. The Salt Basin Dunes lie at 3,640 feet, about 5,000 feet lower than Guadalupe Peak to the east. While temperatures are pleasant in winter and spring, the area is often scoured by high winds. The summer months are hot, with temperatures often climbing above 100°F."