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El Capitan, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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El Capitan is a peak in Culberson County, Texas, United States, within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It is the eighth highest peak in Texas, and rises abruptly out of the Chihuahuan Desert floor; it is considered the "signature peak" of West Texas.El Capitan is the southern terminus of the Guadalupe escarpment, an ancient limestone reef that forms the present-day Guadalupe Mountains. El Capitan is guarded by cliffs on three sides, and those faces are rarely climbed due to the unstable condition of the rock and the sheer nature of the peak. Hikers can scramble up to the summit by first climbing to near the summit of Guadalupe Peak and scrambling down to the south to the Guadalupe Peak-El Capitan saddle, then up the backside of El Capitan.Used as a signal peak for hundreds of years by travelers in the area, its sheer face is visible when approaching the Headquarters Visitor Center at Guadalupe Mountains National Park from both the south and the northeast.
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  • On our way from California, we stopped at El Capitan and Carlsbad Caverns. The view was magnificent. The visitor center was very nice and the staff were extremely helpful. We viewed their video about ...  more »
  • Rising up out of nowhere in the middle of West Texas near the New Mexico state line is El Capitan. It's a striking feature of the Guadalupe Mountains.  more »
  • After seeing the Visitor's Center, we took a tip from Sean K here on Tripadvisor (thank you!) and used the Guadalupe Canyon Road as a way to get access to trails around the southwest side of El Capita...  more »