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Bush Mountain

 
Bush Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Texas, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 31.92960°N / 104.8801°W

Object Title: Bush Mountain

County: Culberson

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 8631 ft / 2631 m

 

Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Apr 15, 2011 / Aug 31, 2011

Object ID: 710092

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Special Note: The original version of this page was deleted with the departure of a former SP member. This is Version 2 and is a full rebuild of both the content and the layout.

Overview

 
Pine Spring Canyon from Bush Mountain
Pine Spring Canyon from Bush Mountain


Though generally indistinct and gentle in nature, Bush Mountain holds the distinction of being the second highest peak in Texas. The summit area is carpeted in soft grasses and studded in Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir, quite in contrast to the desert floor far below.

From the top of Bush Mountain, views of the desert expand all around. The summit provides a grande-stand view of Pine Spring Canyon and the wall of mountains jutting up on the western edge of the park: Bartlett Peak, Shumard Peak, and Guadalupe Peak (the high point of Texas). A trail passes near the summit of Bush Mountain, and the top is easy to reach through gentle grasses and well-spaced trees.

Rank: 2nd highest peak in Texas
Prominence: 931 feet
USGS Quad: P X Flat
Planning Map: Trails Illustrated #203 | Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Rank & Prominence: Lists of John

Red Tape

 
Welcome to Guadalupe Mountains
Welcome to Guadalupe Mountains National Park

 
Bush Mtn. looking south
Looking south from Bush Mountain

The entrance fee to this national park is $5.00 per person for adults 16 years of age and older, and is good for 7 days.

Many use restrictions apply in national parks, most notably that dogs are not allowed on most trails and are restricted only to parking lots, campgrounds and interpretive trails or other trails designated as dog-friendly.

Getting There

 
Guadalupe, Shumard and Bartlett
Guadalupe, Shumard and Bartlet from the Bush Mountain Trail
 
Guadalupe, Shumard and Bartlett
Guadalupe, Shumard and Bartlett from Bush Mountain


The vast majority of visitors to Guadalupe Mountains National Park will arrive by vehicle. The park is located in far west Texas, about 110 miles east of El Paso, Texas. El Paso has the nearest major commercial airport, though Albuquerque, New Mexico, would be an option for air travelers, as well. Bush Mountain is accessible via the primary park entrance or by the norther entrance.

• To reach the main entrance, out of El Paso, follow U.S. Highway 62/180 to the park entrance.
• The northern, Dog Canyon entrance to the park can be reached via New Mexico State Road 137.

Camping

 
Bartlett en route to Bush
Bartlett Peak en route to Bush Mountain


Front Country Camping


Per the National Park Website:

Pine Springs (Elevation 5,822')

Located just off U.S. Highway 62/180 near the Headquarters Visitor Center, Pine Springs Campground is a simple, desert camping area situated at the base of the mountain.

• Campground conveniences include: potable water, accessible flush-toilet restrooms , utility sink, pay telephones, and a drink machine. There are no showers available in the campground.
• Tent campers have a choice of 20 leveled, gravel sites. Small junipers and oaks partially shade most of the sites and each site has a picnic table. Numbers are limited to 6 people or 2 tents per site.
• The RV camping area is a paved parking lot with 19 sites to choose from. RV sites are defined by painted lines and numbers on the pavement. There are no hook-ups and there is no dump station. RV water tanks can be filled from an outside water faucet near the registration board. RV campsite #21 is wheelchair accessible.

When you arrive, select a campsite, then pay at the self-registration board near the restrooms, or fees may be paid by credit card at the Headquarters Visitor Center. All sites are on a first come, first served basis. The fee is $8.00 per night per site, $4.00 for Golden Age (Senior) and Golden Access Passport holders.



Backcountry Camping


Permits, available at the visitors center, are required for the limited backcountry camping in Guadalupe Mountains National Park and stays are limited to 3 nights. All water must be carried into the backcountry. Even if you manage to find potable water on top of this well-drained limestone escarpment, park rules dictate that the water be left for wildlife. It is recommended to bring one gallon of water per person, per day. The Bush Mountain backcountry campsite is, not surprisingly, the most convenient back-country site to visit Bush Mountain as part of a multi-day or overnight trip.

Visit the National Park Website for more information about the 10 designated backcountry campgrounds in the park.


 
Backcountry Camping
Backcountry tent pad

Weather & Seasons

 
Bartlett Peak from Bush Mountain
Bartlett Peak from Bush Mountain
 
Bush Mountain Slopes
Bush Mountain Slopes


• Summers are hot, though the desert nights cool down nicely at this elevation. Keep an eye out for afternoon monsoon storms in late summer.

• Autumn is generally cool and calm with pleasant fall colors.

• Winter can bring warm sunny days but bitter cold nights and even fog, snow and freezing rain.

• In a park notorious for high winds, spring brings some of the gustiest conditions. The park frequently posts high winds warnings in springtime.

External Links and Additional Information

 
Bush Mountain Summit
Bush Mountain Summit
 
View from Bush Mountain
West towards Cornudas and El Paso
By Outdooraholic

• Guadalupe Mountains National Park Official Website
Park Map (PDF)

Images

Backcountry CampingBartlett Peak from Bush MountainPine Spring Canyon from Bush MountainGuadalupe, Shumard and BartlettBush Mountain SummitGuadalupe, Shumard and BartlettView from Bush Mountain
Bartlett en route to BushBush Mountain from Bartlett PeakBush Mountain SlopesBush Mtn. looking south