"Desert Beauty" Top 5 Page for this destination Guadalupe Mountains National Park by Shihar

Dubbed the Most Beautiful Spot in Texas..

Located within the West Texas Chihuahuan Desert, the Guadalupe Mountains rise up from the desert and contain a wide variety plants, animals and a ecosytems that cannot be found anywhere else in the region. Many people outside of the state have never heard of Guadalupe Mt. National Park, let alone visited it. That sounded perfect to us.... so we had to plan a visit!

Unique Features- The Mountains were actually once a reef growing beneath the water of an ancient inland sea.This type of mountain range is not typical of those throughout the rest of the country! Geologists all over the world come to appreciate this extraordinary range. The same sea created the nearby Carlsbad Caverns.

The park was established September 30, 1972. The Guadalupe Peak is the highest peak in Texas at 8749ft.

When to go...

Many visitors go to the park in mid-October to November to view the changing of the leaves. If you visit the park after the leaves have changed there are many late changing leaves to see in the McKittrick Canyon. The McKittrick Canyon is open 8-6pm during daylight savings and 8-4:30pm the rest of the year.

Getting there...
The main visitor center is located off US 62/180 about 110 miles east of El Paso. El Paso is the nearest airport.

Desert Climate..

Expect to see an diverse amount of desert plants (especially succulents) that will accompany you throughout your entire visit to the park. Many people,especially city dwellers, may have not been up close and personal with this type of enviroment. The climate in summer is warm and the winters are mild. Summer highs are about 90 degrees and winter highs are about mid-50 degrees.

More Park Info
Address: Guadalupe Mt. National Park, HC 60, Box 400,
Salt Flat, TX 79847

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Non-crowded gem of a park!
  • Cons:Middle of nowhere. Not very close to decent lodging...
  • In a nutshell:We loved the seclusion the park offers
  • Last visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 18, 2006
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  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2006 at 8:30 AM

    Looks like quite a remote place! El Capitan seems very impressive, liked your photos

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2006 at 4:50 PM

    Great to know you made it here & returned to build such a detailed page on the park. Keep up the good work. Unfortunately, I've ran out of time & inspiration to build pages for awhile now. Still traveling & capturing images. Heading for Croatia v. soon.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2006 at 6:14 AM

    I see Mark has beaten me to this page. Very good coverage of a little known park and corner of Texas.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2006 at 5:53 PM

    You know, if you made it to the top of Guad, you look right down on El Cap ;-] Camping is the best way to go here, except for the winds! What a view of the ancient coral reefs from Carlsbad Visitors center south to the Guads. Nice tips!


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