The tiny community on U.S. 62/180 just south of the New Mexico state
line was the location of a station on the famous stagecoach run, Butterfield Overland Mail
Route. Station was established in 1858; tumbled stone ruins and a granite historical
marker are all that remain today.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park-
Dedicated in 1972, the park contains 86,416 acres with elevations
ranging from 3,650 to 8,749 feet at the summit of Guadalupe Peak, highest point in Texas.
Four of the state's highest peaks are in the park, as well as many other unnamed
peaks over 8,000 feet, along with deep canyons and a rare mixture of plant and animal
life. The barren, desert outer mountain slops belie a wooded, game-rich interior of
great scenic beauty. Forests of ponderosa pines mingle with aspens, maples, mountain
junipers and madronas. Abundant deer and elk graze upland meadows. Most access
to the park's rugged, majestic interior is by hiking and backpack camping along 80 miles
of marked trails. The National Park Service advises that only experienced,
well-equipped backpackers should enter the primitive back country for extended stays.
Permits are required for overnight trips and camping is allowed in designated areas
only. All should check in and out at the headquarters visitor center on U.S. 62/180
near Pine Springs.
Visitors may also drive near the mouth of McKittrick Canyon, where
easy hiking trails lead into enchanting scenery (day use only). A geology exhibit
and slide program are at the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center.
Tent and self-contained RV camping at Pine Springs campground near
the ruins of historic "Pinery" stage station. Water, rest rooms, evening
campfire programs. Containerized fuel stoves only. On U.S. 62/180.