Whites City, NM (35 miles E on US 62/180) has the nearest market and gas.
Pack at least 1 gallon per hiker per day for the two-day trek to Pine Springs. Tank up before climbing Guadalupe Peak, then again for the walk out.
Pack the standard kit plus a wide-brimmed hat, a light-colored long-sleeve shirt (like Columbia’s Silver Ridge, $40, columbia.com), and a cactus-proof closed-cell foam sleeping pad. And guyline your tent: The winds here can whip.
Late spring, with highs in the 70s, is primo. Fall’s changing leaves are also sweet.