El Capitan as viewed from US 62/180 on July 7, 2021 in Culberson County, Texas. El Capitan Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park is the 10th highest peak in Texas at 8,085 feet. El Capitan is an exposed portion of a Permian reef exposed by tectonic activity during the Late Cretaceous. (American from Odessa | Jacob Ford)
SALT PLANE Beginning September 30, visitors can book advance reservations for the park’s ten hike-in-the-wild campgrounds.
Reservations can be found online at recreation.gov.
In the past, visitors who wanted to camp at one of the park’s remote wilderness campgrounds could only make same-day reservations at the Pine Springs Visitor Center.
“Allowing visitors to reserve wilderness campgrounds online in advance at recreation.gov will help them better prepare for a positive and safe wilderness experience,” said Superintendent Eric Leonard in the press release. “As the park celebrates its 50th anniversary, this change allows the park to adapt for the next 50 years.”
Campers reserving a wilderness permit will still need to check in at the Pine Springs Visitor Center to have a wilderness permit issued, and same-day wilderness camping permits can still be obtained at the visitor center.
This change does not affect the reservation system for the park’s developed campgrounds in Pine Springs and Dog Canyon, which were added to www.recreation.gov last year. Learn more about the park’s wilderness campgrounds at tinyurl.com/yckbam68.
For more information on Guadalupe Mountains National Park, visit nps.gov/gumo.
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