El Capitan

El Capitan

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, located about 55 miles southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico and 110 miles east of El Paso, Texas, was created in 1972. It is an ancient marine fossil reef formed 250-270 million years ago that now towers above the Texas desert. In the nineteenth century Butterfield stagecoaches carried the mail on the first transcontinental mail route near these mountains. We picnicked near the Visitor’s Center enjoying the views of the mountains, including El Capitan which rises 8,078 feet above sea level. Guadalupe Peak, the highest mountain in Texas, at 8,749 feet sits to the north of El Capitan. This national park must be explored on foot. We picked up a flyer on day hikes that we may attempt on a future trip. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a little known rugged and remote wilderness area.

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