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Pine Springs Campground

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains, Texas

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Pine Springs Campground

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  • The RV section of the campground is on a large parking lot. - Pine Springs Campground
  • First-come, first-served camping registration station. There are no reservations. - Pine Springs Campground
  • RV site 25 is probably the best in the RV section and will get some limited shade. - Pine Springs Campground
  • The RV section of the campground.- Pine Springs Campground
  • The bath house with a utility sink and flushing toilets. - Pine Springs Campground
  • The RV section of the campground.- Pine Springs Campground
  • Sign at the hiking information and backcountry hiking registration board. - Pine Springs Campground
  • Sign at the hiking information and backcountry hiking registration board. - Pine Springs Campground
  • Water station in the campground.- Pine Springs Campground
  • Tent site car parking. The sites require a short walk. - Pine Springs Campground
  • Vault toilet at the lower end of the campground. Tent campers can also use the bath house (no showers) in the RV section. - Pine Springs Campground
  • Most isolated tent site and probably the best site, site 9.- Pine Springs Campground
  • The narrow Pine Springs Valley from above the campground.- Pine Springs Campground
  • El Capitan from U.S. 62 as you climb out of the lower desert.- Pine Springs Campground
  • The Guadalupe Mountains approaching the park from El Paso.- Pine Springs Campground
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Pros: 
Great hiking from the campground in a really cool national park.
Cons: 
RV and vehicle campsites are in a parking lot.
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Region:
Guadalupe Mountains, TX
Access: 
Vehicle
Managed by: 
National Park Service
Price per night (basic site): 
8.00 $ (6.72 €)
Congestion: 
Occasionally full
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Maximum trailer length: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
Total number of sites: 
29
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Pipe Springs Campground is a great choice for the views straight from the campground and its location near great hiking. It is surrounded by steep, high-desert mountains in a narrow relatively flat valley. A network of long hiking trails begin from the campground and take you high into the backcountry to stunning locations like Guadalupe Peak, which is Texas’s highest peak, Devils Hall with its steep narrow rock walls, or Salt Basin Overlook with its sweeping views of the lower desert and the Salt Basin Dunes. This is a campground to hike from without having to drive to a trailhead. The visitor center is also adjacent to the campground and is a good spot to get information about the best hikes and current conditions. The park entrance fee for hiking is $5 per person and is valid for seven days.

Pipe Springs has two general camping sections: the 20 tent sites and the 19 RVs and vehicle sites plus two group campsites in the tent section. The tent area provides picnic tables and flat tent sites with a short 10- to 50-yard walk from the separate parking spots. Most provide some shade and privacy. A vault toilet is located at the low end of the camp area. The bathhouse in the nearby RV area is also available. The best tent sites are 1-12, since they are on the outside of the short loop. Sites 1 and 9 are probably the best and most isolated. 

The RV section is completely different. It is 19 sites on a large asphalt parking lot. There is no privacy, and only a few of the outer edge sites would provide some limited shade. There are flush toilets and a utility sink in the bathhouse. Both areas have water spigots and bear-proof trashcans. There are no RV hookups, and large trailers or RV sites are limited. It’s the location and hiking that make the campground. The two best sites are 21 and 25 since they are on the edge of the parking lot near some shade. 

Quiet hours are between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. There is no dump station, nor can reservations be made. The basic fee is $8 per night. Pick your site and pay at the self-service registration area. No fires are allowed. Come fully prepared with water, food and gas. There are very limited services in the area, and despite what Google says, there are no gas stations between El Paso and Pipe Springs except in the small, sleepy town of Dell City. Dell City is 13 miles off of U.S. Highway 62. Gas stations may not be open in the evening there.

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