Guadalupe Peak, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Guadalupe Peak, also known as Signal Peak, is the highest natural point in Texas, with an elevation of 8751ft above sea level. It is located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and is part of the Guadalupe Mountains range in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. The mountain is about 90mi east of El Paso and about 50mi southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The peak rises more than 3000ft above the arid floor of the Chihuahuan Desert.Trail and summitThe peak can be climbed by a maintained stony trail at any time of the year. The trail is part of the network of hiking trails in the surrounding national park.A stainless steel pyramid marks the summit. It was erected by American Airlines in 1958 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Butterfield Overland Mail, a stagecoach route that passed south of the mountain. One side of the pyramid has the American Airlines logo. The second side displays a U.S. Postal Service tribute to the Pony Express Riders of the Butterfield Stage. The third side displays a compass with the logo of the Boy Scouts of America. A summit register contained in a metal ammunition box is located at the base of the pyramid.
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  • I'd never heard about this National Park until I found it listed as a state high point. I went to the park to climb Guadalupe Peak and was overwhelmed by its beauty. The trail to Guadalupe Peak is wel...  more »
  • Your experience will depend on weather and preparation. We have hiked it in the winter (snow on trail) and summer (definitely no snow on trail, just rattlesnakes!). It is a good workout, but worth it....  more »
  • We went on a Sunday and started around 10 am (drove in from Carlsbad). The Guadalupe Peak hike is strenuous to begin with and eases of a bit after ~2 miles. The views are nice and El Capitan looked be...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic mountain range and the hike to the highest point of Texas is great! It is not an easy hike, so make sure to have a good footwear and plenty of water. The views from the top are amazing! Don't get distracted by the clouds, they will pass and the skies will clear up. Check out my photos, you could not see a thing when I started hiking...
  • You are super smart, intelligent, adventurous, beautiful all true because you have found a hidden gem... the "Top of Texas" Guadalupe Peak. We checked this one off our Texas Bucket List Oct. 2017. The weather was chilly (45F) in the morning and 80's in the sun. It took 5 slow hours going up and 3 fast hours coming down. The hike is deceptively harder than it looks. It's rated hard or difficult on trails dot com. Everyone who said the first 1.5 miles is the hardest is correct. The peak seems close after that but it isn't! Keep pushing and you will make it! We needed 2 liters of water per person and plenty of snacks. Campsite are on a first come basis. Cost was $8/nt for tents. No showers!!! ✅ one off by climbing Guadalupe!
  • I hiked to the summit of Guadalupe Peak, January 8, 2018. It was a more strenuous hike than I thought it was going to be. Great views to the south and west across the Chihuahuan Desert. It can be very windy the closer you get to the top.
  • Hiked this beauty to welcome in 2018. It was a wonderful day, with frost on the basin floor, but sun and blue skies in the higher elevations
  • Great physical workout, combined challenging hiking and brief beginner climbing of near 3500' up to the 8346' peak, where the views are magnificent and certainly worth the effort! If you're in shape, count on around 3 up and 2 down for 5 hr round trip. The trails for the most part are very well marked but there are more than one false peaks so be ready to regroup and keep going. The park is a great Texas treasure and if you can, the the extra time to walk the Ridgeline to the other peaks. The peaks can be seen clear out onto I-10 east of Van Horn!

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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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