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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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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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  • You can do it! Guadalupe peak is a difficult hike, but an average person can make the summit with a little preparation. I'm in average condition and I made the round trip in 6 hours. After climbing 29...  more »
  • There is something magical about hiking under the full moon, your senses become heightened, your eyes adjust to the light, your ears search out sounds in the silence. It was 10 of us, all well prepare...  more »
  • The hike is great! It's rated as moderate/difficult from everything I read and a lot of that is due to loose rock and steeper sections of the trail. I would recommend bringing lots if water and SUNSCR...  more »