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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  • July 22, 2017
    We saw this on the road to the park-stopped at a covered picnic area for a sandwich lunch - El Capitan was the backdrop of our pictures--  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Although many people are familiar with El Capitan in Yosemite, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park has their own Capitan. It can be seen from a distance when entering the from the northeast side and...  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    All reviews on El Capitan here on TripAdvisor are about the views of El Capitan from the ground, not the summit. I guess that's OK, but reviews of Guadalupe Peak are about the summit hike, not views f...  more »

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Where to stay in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you want to stay in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, bring a tent or pull up an RV. The Guadalupe Peak and Pine Spring campgrounds offer camping with services, but you'll also find primitive campsites in the park's wilderness. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but they are usually available even during peak visitation times. The closest lodging lies about 56 km (35 mi) northeast of the park in the town of White's City. Options are limited here, though. You might have better luck finding something you like further up the road in Carlsbad, the main gateway to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Most accommodations here are national chain hotels on Route 286. Carlsbad also offers plenty of restaurants.
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