Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:10-12

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in the vast Chihuahuan Desert of western Texas. It’s known for its bright-white Salt Basin Dunes, wildlife-rich grassland and fossilized reef mountains. The Guadalupe Peak Trail weaves up through a conifer forest to the state’s highest summit, with views of the rocky El Capitan peak to the south. In the north, the McKittrick Canyon Trail is known for its colorful fall foliage.

When Visiting

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in the western part of Texas on the borderline of Texas and New Mexico. The park is about 110 miles east of El Paso, Texas, on route 62/180. This is the only road that leads into the park from the El Paso area. As you come into the park from the west, you get a majestic view of the El Capitan (of the Guadalupe) and its peaks. The mountain range runs south to north. As you travel north on 62/180, you get a perfect view of the mountain range on the left side of the road. There are good hiking trails at the Pine Springs Visitor’s Center, and at the McKittrick Canyon Visitor’s Center. If you hike at least two miles into the canyon at McKittrick during fall season (end of October to the middle of November), you will be able to see the fall colors in all of their glory in some of the non-evergreen trees. Surrounded by the walls of the canyon, what a beautiful sight and it is worth the hike.

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