Camping and hiking resume after fixed water leak at Dog Canyon


Trails and campgrounds in the Dog Canyon area of Guadalupe Mountains National Park reopened Monday after nearly four months of closure, according to a U.S. National Park Service (NPS) press release.

High fire danger prompted closing of the Indian Meadow Trail and Dog Canyon Campground during the spring in the Dog Canyon developed area along with some trails and exhibits of the National Park that encompassed portions of West Texas and southeast New Mexico.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad along U.S. highway 62/180.

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Fire restrictions were gradually lifted in late June on some portions of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Permits for overnight camping resumed July 15 although Dog Canyon was closed due to a water system leak.

Chris Barr, acting visiting services for Guadalupe Mountains National Park, said maintenance crews fixed the water leak during the closure and Dog Canyon reopened early Monday morning.

The National Park Service indicates the Dog Canyon developed area southwest of Carlsbad reopened Aug. 1, 2022 after a water leak was repaired.

Located on the north of the park, Dog Canyon sits at an elevation of 6,300 feet, read the NPS website.

The campground has nine tent sites and four recreational vehicle (RV) sites.

There are no RV hookups, no RV dump stations, and RV’s no longer than 23 feet are allowed at Dog Canyon, according to the website.

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Picknicks are allowed and restrooms have sinks and flush toilets, the website cited.

Reservations for the Dog Canyon Campground can be made online through, and day hikers and all permitted overnight backpackers are required to pack out human waste using a landfill-safe commercial toilet bag system, per an NPS news release.

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