America's Scenic Byways

Guadalupe Back Country Byway

30 miles - 90 minutes to drive or a day to enjoy the byway.

The Guadalupe Back Country Byway follows NM-137 for 30 miles through the Chihuahuan Desert, the Guadalupe Escarpment, and Lincoln National Forest. A varied landscape thrives here; from limestone outcroppings to thick pine forest stands to underground caves.

Recreation abounds within these public lands. Go hiking, backpacking, mountain biking or horseback riding along one of many trails. Interact with animals either by watching wildlife or by hunting. Some of the animals that make their homes here include deer, pronghorn antelope, foxes, and a wide range of birds. If you're feeling extra adventurous, go caving and explore the Carlsbad Caverns that lie beneath the surface.