Flanked by Texas' four highest peaks Pine Springs Canyon is truly a unique place. Located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park this area was once a large coral reef. Pine Springs canyon now serves as a starting point for a large number of hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National park. The Park visitor center is located at the mouth of the canyon and the Pine Springs trail head grants access to Guadalupe Peak Trail, Tejas Trail, Devil's Hall Trail, Bear Canyon Trail, El Capitan Trail and Foothills Trail to name a few.
The highlight of Pine Springs Canyon is Devil's hall. Devil's hall is an unusually narrow spot in the canyon that is no more then 20 feet wide with vertical stone walls on either side. As you approach Devil's Hall from the Pine Springs Trail-head you pass through Devil's Gate and climb the Devil's Staircase. The Devil's Staircase is a naturally forming limestone staircase. Once inside Devil's Hall you will notice unique stone formations that look as if a skilled stone mason might have built the hall one stone at a time.
Access Pine Springs through the Guadalupe Mountains National Park main entrance off Texas hwy 180/62.
To reach Devil's Hall Follow The Guadalupe Peak Horse Trail one mile to its Junction with the Devils Hall Trail. Devil's Hall is 1.1 miles further down the trail.
Check in at the parks visitor center for any needed permits. The entrance fee is $5.00 per person for adults 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. All backpackers starting at the Pine Springs Trail-head must obtain a free Backcountry Use Permit, issued at the Headquarters Visitor Center.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park's largest campground is located in Pine Springs Canyon. Tent and RV (no hookups) camping is available for $8.00 per night per site.
External LinksGuadalupe Mountains National park
Park Trail Map