Here you can experience three zones of climate in one park, from desert, to lush forest to mountain tops. Just beware that if you are suddenly transported back in time, you will swim with the fishes…
We journeyed south through the desert from Carlsbad Caverns region into the Guadalupe National Park. We parked our RV in the dry camping lot and took Delta Flyer to three sites our first day:
Our first day these three hikes
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Pine Springs RV Lot Highlights:
$7.50 for Senior /Access passholders
Dry dock only
12 quiet hours
Two surprises beat our expectations. Although we stayed mostly in the desert with only a preview of the riparian zone, we spied lots of colorful late spring blooms. And we learned that long ago, the area we explored was 1,500 feet under water.
Our first hike of the day took us part way up the entrance of McKittrick Canyon. Interpretive signage wowed us by pointing out the cliff face once lived as a coral reef:
Our next stop at Frijole Ranch enlightened us to the living conditions of the first non-natives to settle this area. The Ranch looked lush surrounded by huge trees, but those trees caused the closure because of concerns about dangerous winds.
The irony of wind closing the Frijole Ranch didn’t escape us.
The sun would soon slip behind the mountains as the moon arose, but we decided to squeeze in one last hike to the Stagecoach Station.
2 thoughts on “The sea in the desert: Guadalupe Mountains National Park”
I love all of those desert blossoms! Beautiful!