With the reopening of the federal government, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is open to visitors in time for its colorful fall foliage season. As of this week, the parkâ€™s bigtooth maples are still green and the colors are still to come.
â€œAutumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that Guadalupe Mountains National Park has to offer,â€ said Superintendent Dennis A. VÃ¡squez.
You can keep up with the status of the changing colors in McKittrick Canyon, Smith Spring, and Dog Canyon by calling the Pine Springs Visitor Center at 915/828-3251 x2124 or the Dog Canyon Ranger Station at 575/981-2418. Or check the parkâ€™s Facebook page for color status updates.
Parts of the park remain closed for repairs after flash-flooding in September. Hereâ€™s info from a park release on Thursday:
â€œThe McKittrick Canyon Trail is open from the McKittrick Canyon Traihead to Dog Canyon. The Guadalupe Peak, Pinery, Manzanita Spring and Marcus, McKittrick Nature Loop, Permian Reef and Indian Meadows Trails and the Manzanita Ridge Route are now open. The Tejas Trail is open from Dog Canyon to the Marcus/Blue Ridge Trail Junction, however, it is closed from the Marcus/Blue Ridge Trail Junction to Pine Springs. The west side of the Smith Spring Loop (only) is open. However, the section between Smith Spring and Manzanita Spring remains closed. The El CapitÃ¡n Trail is open to the Salt Basin Overlook, but remains closed between the Salt Basin Overlook and Shumard Canyon. The Guadalupe Canyon Trail is open to the Salt Basin Overlook.
All other trails are closed at this time. However, trail repairs resulting from last monthâ€™s storms and flash floods is on-going.â€