Additional closures implemented at GMNP due to increased fire risk

SALT FLAT, TEXAS –– Effective Wednesday, May 25th, Guadalupe Mountains National Park will implement additional closures to park areas due to increased fire risk. These areas include:

•All trails in the Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness are closed to public use. This includes all the following trails: Bear Canyon, Bowl, Blue Ridge, Bush Mountain, El Capitan, Foothills, Frijole, Juniper, Marcus, McKittrick Canyon, Permian Reef, Smith Spring, and Tejas.

•The McKittrick Canyon Road, including the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center are closed.

•The Dog Canyon developed area, including the Indian Meadow Nature Trail and the Dog Canyon Campground, are closed.

•The Frijole Ranch Road, the Frijole Horse Corral Campground, and the Frijole Ranch Museum are closed.

•All previous closures and restrictions of April 14 and April 21 remain in effect.

The Salt Basin Dunes trailhead and trail remain open; caution is advised due to heat risk. The Pine Springs area, including the Pine Springs Visitor Center, Campground, and Trailhead will remain open. Trails in the Pine Springs area open for day use only are Guadalupe Peak, Devil’s Hall, and Pinery.

The Southwest area of New Mexico and far West Texas is experiencing extreme fire danger and wildfire activity throughout the area. Nearly 5,800 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to uncontained large fires in the Southwest, Southern and Rocky Mountain areas. The Energy Release Component (ERC) for the wildland fire potential fuel load within the area of the park remains at the 97th percentile.

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