"The Park with a Past" Top 5 Page for this destination Guadalupe Mountains National Park by mrclay2000

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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 and Cons
  • 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!
  • Last visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Mar 1999
  • Intro Updated Jan 13, 2003
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2006 at 3:40 PM

    Great pics and tips

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2006 at 1:12 PM

    It doesn't looks as bad as you make of it; your photos are still very beautiful!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2005 at 7:15 PM

    Interesting overview.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2005 at 4:47 AM

    Good account of your hikes in the Guadalupe Mountains. I camped at Pine Springs and hiked up Guadalupe Peak in May of 1981. Great memories. I would love to return.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2004 at 12:52 PM

    Nice account of your hike here. I was lucky enough to be here during foliage season but had my share of troubles with the hike!

  • Bernd_L's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2004 at 10:11 PM

    I'm reading a novel about a ranger in Guadalupe Mtn NP (Track of the cat - by Nevada Barr) and was just curious how it looks like. Seems to be an awesome place.

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2003 at 9:27 AM

    This page made me thristy... but the landscape is awesome.

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2003 at 7:36 PM

    Good to see the views from the trails. I only witnessed the immense arid expanse from the base.

  • ania70pl's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2003 at 1:32 PM

    Beautiful landscapes. I don't like climbing but love mountains views. Thanks for sharing. And the piramid is strange indeed.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2003 at 8:36 PM

    A great page with terrific pictures. I love deserts, but have never seen this one. I'd love to go there someday to go birding.

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