A separate park entrance fee of $10 per person (16 and older) is required for all visitors not covered by an Interagency annual or lifetime pass, check your pass for details.
No open fires (this includes charcoal) are permitted anywhere in the park. Only stoves or lanterns using containerized fuel is permitted.
The park is remote, please fuel your vehicle and purchase supplies before heading to the park.
The Dog Canyon ranger station is staffed intermittently, it is best to download trail maps and information from the park’s website or download the NPS App before leaving home.
Quiet hours are from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am Mountain Time. No generators, during quiet hours.
Pets are permitted in the campground and along the park road. Leashes 6 ft. in length are required. Pets may not be left unattended or inside vehicles. Pets causing a disturbance may be asked to leave, no refunds of fees. All trails are closed to pets.
Tent campsites are for tent campers only. If you plan to sleep in a vehicle, you must reserve an RV campsite. Camp within designated sites, place tent/s on provided tent pad only. Maximum of two tents per site.
The use of weight-bearing hammocks, slacklines, tarps or similar devices tied to natural and/or manmade features is prohibited.
The Group Sites is for tents only, RVs are prohibited.
Cell phone service is not available. Free Wi-Fi may be available at the Dog Canyon ranger station.
Visitor horse corrals are available at Dog Canyon campground. Only daytime horse trips are permitted in the backcountry, a permit is required.
Overnight backcountry permits are required for wilderness camping. Permits may be obtained in person at the Pine Springs Visitor Center (open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm) 24 hours before the start of your trip.
Campsites are non-transferable.
Before you book a campsite, be sure to review all information about that specific site. If you reserve a site that is not designed for your RV or Tent, you may be asked to leave, without refund.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park: In addition to a variety of cave tours, the national park also offers hiking trails and a scenic drive. Rattlesnake Springs and Slaughter Canyon, part of Carlsbad Caverns are nearer attractions for day use activities. Birding is excellent at Rattlesnake Springs.
Lincoln National Forest: The Guadalupe District of the Lincoln National Forest is located just over the state line, north of the national park. Road access is through New Mexico, north of White’s City, via Dark Canyon Road to NM SR 137 through Queen (also the way to the national park’s Dog Canyon). The forest provides for various camping, hiking, caving, hunting, and picnicking opportunities. Sitting Bull Falls is a nice waterfall and picnic area in the Lincoln National Forest. Five Point Vista is a glorious ridge road ride of the area, closer to Dog Canyon.
Fort Davis National Historic Site and State Park: Fort Davis is one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars' frontier military post in the Southwest. From 1854 to 1891, Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and on the Chihuahua Trail. This is located about 2.5 hours south of the park. A state park is located nearby with camping and a scenic drive. Also located in Fort Davis is McDonald Observatory with several programs available.
White Sands National Park: Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Park preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site: Hueco Tanks State Park is located on the east side of El Paso, about an hour and a half from the Guadalupes. At Hueco Tanks, you can hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Visitors can take guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery.
400 Pine Canyon Drive Salt Flat TX 79847
For campground inquiries, please call: 400 Pine Canyon Drive, Salt Flat TX 79847
From Carlsbad NM to the Dog Canyon area of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, take US Hwy 285 north to NM Hwy 137 and turn south. Travel (62 miles) to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Dog Canyon entrance.
From the Pine Springs Visitor Center to Dog Canyon, take US Hwy 62/180 east. Once you enter New Mexico, travel 25 miles and turn left onto County Road 408 (Dark Canyon road). Travel approximately 23 miles to the intersection with NM Hwy 137/Queen Hwy, turn left/south. Follow Queen Hwy 25 miles to the Dog Canyon entrance.
Use extreme caution! This is open rangeland, cattle are frequently on the roadway.