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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Travel Guide: 110 reviews and 251 photos
Guadalupe Mountains National Park was set aside in the middle 1960s to preserve (according to their website) "portions of the world's most extensive and significant Permian limestone fossil reef." Also featured (says the same page) are "a tremendous earth fault, lofty peaks, unusual flora and fauna, and a colorful record of the past." For those of you who never imagined mountains in southwest Texas, this page will disabuse you of your error. For those you seek "a colorful record" of anything here, this page will abuse the very idea. For those who wish to scale the highest peaks in the 50 states, you MUST come here or forfeit your claim. There are certainly mountains here, and fossils aplenty buried in the rifts. The rest is arid landscape, vibrant in the fall, and hot and dusty through the spring and summer. Bring water, your sturdy hiking shoes and a general heap of patience.
- Pros:Boasts the highest point in Texas (Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 ft)
- Cons:Little natural scenery, relatively sparse among mammals
- In a nutshell:A great find for highcountry adventurers and amateur archaeologists!
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