Hike the Gypsum Sand Dunes, Guadalupe Mountains NP

County Road F010

A little-known secret of Guadalupe Mnts. National Park, this site offers stunning vista and sunset views of Guadalupe Peak, El Capitan, and the Guadalupe Mountains massif.

To get there, first talk to park ranger at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. There is a gate that you may need to borrow a key for. You will need to actually drive out of the park to get to the gypsum dunes, leaving and heading west on 62/180 for 14 miles and then take a right (head north) on private road 1576 21 miles close to Dell City. Before you reach Dell city there will be a turn off headed back east towards the Guadalupe Mountains. This road will take you 9 miles from Dell City and straight back into the park where after a gate there is a parking space with shaded picnic tables.

After parking the car, continue along the path east towards the mountains. You will see the sand dunes in  the distance, they are about a 15-20 minute walk away.

Things to note:

  • The road after leaving HWY 62/180 is all sand.
  • There is no water source here so you will need to bring all your own water.
  • According to the map, there is gas in Dell city.
  • Great maps here.

Pack List

  • Snacks
  • 1-2L water
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Glasses
  • Be prepared for sand!
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 50 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Hiking the dunes

I really enjoyed hiking these dunes today. The walk to them is not very difficult and the walk through the dunes id very pretty.


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