The park offers diverse riding opportunities. Sixty percent of the trails are open to stock use. Those closed to stock are difficult to maintain or pass through unique and fragile areas intolerant of such use. Stock manure droppings introduce exotic plants that displace native vegetation.
There are no horses or pack animals for hire in or near the park; you must bring your own stock. All rides require thorough preparation. Improper equipment, poor conditioning, and disregard for weather conditions can result in an unpleasant or dangerous ride. Respect for the environment you ride through will help further the mission of protecting park resources for you and for future generations.
Trails Open To Stock
Stock are permitted on the following trails only. No off-trail riding is allowed.
Easy Trails: Gentle grade, easy to follow.
-Williams Ranch Road
Moderate Trails: Steeper grades; rocky sections; generally easy to follow; may require dismounts; intermediate rider experience; stock conditioned to mountain trails.
-Bush Mountain Trail - Dog Canyon to Marcus Trail
-Tejas Trail - Dog Canyon to Pine Top
-McKittrick Canyon Trail - Tejas Trail to McKittrick Ridge Campground
-El Capitan Trail - Pine Springs to Salt Basin Overlook
-Salt Basin Overlook Trail (lower loop)
Difficult Trails: Steep grades; narrow sections; rocky; trail may be difficult to follow; requires specific knowledge of trail or experience with similar trail conditions; for experienced riders and stock conditioned for difficult mountain terrain.
-Tejas Trail - Pine Springs to Pine Top
-Bush Mountain Trail - Pine Top to Bush Mountain Campground
-Guadalupe Peak Trail
-El Capitan Trail - Salt Basin Overlook to Williams
Admission: $3.00 for 7 days
Hours: Open Year Round
The Headquarters Visitor Center at Pine Springs is accessed via U.S. highway 62/180 between Carlsbad, NM and El Paso, TX. Dog Canyon, on the park\\\'s north side, is accessed via New Mexico state road 137.
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