The Pinery

Salt Flat, Texas

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For a brief introduction to the low-elevation environment of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, take this short nature trail from the visitor center to The Pinery. The trail starts right at the front door of the Pine Springs Visitor Center. The trail gets its name from an old stagecoach horse-changing station located on the Butterfield Trail, a 2,800-mile overland mail route used in the 1800s. The station, located on 5,534-foot Guadalupe Pass, was named for the stands of pine nearby. Today, US 62/180 generally follows the stage route through Guadalupe Pass. The Pinery Trail is a paved, self-guided tour with excellent interpretive signs covering the history of the area and offering tantalizing details on several plant species in the area.
Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks

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Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

For a brief introduction to the low-elevation environment of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, take this short nature trail from the visitor center to The Pinery. The trail starts right at the front door of the Pine Springs Visitor Center.

The trail gets its name from an old stagecoach horse-changing station located on the Butterfield Trail, a 2,800-mile overland mail route used in the 1800s. The station, located on 5,534-foot Guadalupe Pass, was named for the stands of pine nearby. Today, US 62/180 generally follows the stage route through Guadalupe Pass. The Pinery Trail is a paved, self-guided tour with excellent interpretive signs covering the history of the area and offering tantalizing details on several plant species in the area.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Flat
Distance: 0.75
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Local Contacts: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Free park brochure available at visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to The Pinery

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May 2018