Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX

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El Capitan. Entering Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX.

Back in mountain-climbing mode.

Guadalupe Peak, our last stop before leaving Texas, is the highest point in Texas, 8,749 feet.  The trek to the summit, 8.4 miles round-trip, is a beautiful one with awesome views and 3,000 feet of elevation gain.

The Guadalupe Mountains hold the fossils of an ancient marine reef, “El Capitan Reef”, spanning 400 miles.  Up close, the fossils are amazingly intact and abundant.

We camped right near the trailhead at the Pine Springs campground for $8.  On our next visit, we’ll camp (with a free backcountry permit) at the awesome site just shy of the summit.  The perfect vantage for the sunrise and set.

All in all, a wonderful send-off from the vast and varied state of Texas.

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Never happier than when we’re all grimy and sunburnt.
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