These mountains have seen quite a bit of activity over the last 10,000 years. Early hunter-gathering people lived in the area’s many caves, and later the Mescalero Apaches discovered game hunting opportunities on the land. Artifacts that reflect their time here—such as agave roasting pits—can still be located throughout the region. At the nearby Frijole Ranch you’ll find a small museum that tells the story of comings and goings, conflicts and conquests, and everything that led up to the making of a national park on this incredible mountain range.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a must-visit destination for hikers, with more than 80 miles of trails winding from woodland canyons to lush springs. Experienced trekkers can access the more rugged parts of the park via steep switchbacks that zigzag up the mountains, where once-in-a-lifetime photo-ops await.