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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  • August 8, 2017
    Definitely hard for the first mile. It doesn't ever get easy though. Bring water. I brought about 90 ounces and was fine. Also an energy snack. Fantastic views up and down, and if you make it to the t...  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    Beautiful long hike. Highly recommend. We started at 6:30AM to avoid the heat in July. It took us right at 6 hours. We took 1 gallon water per person. Wear hats and sunscreen. Not an easy hike.  more »
  • June 27, 2017
    If you are adventurous, physically fit, and not afraid of heights, this is an awe-inspiring hike with majestic views. If you are in average condition and somewhat afraid of heights like me, this is an...  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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