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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Activities

The park's mild desert climate is suitable for a wide variety of outdoor activities throughout most of the year. Come and enjoy day hiking or walking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, photography, and horseback riding (bring your own stock).

Some activities such as backpacking and horseback riding require a free permit that can be obtained at the Headquarters Visitor Center or at the Dog Canyon Ranger Station.

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