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El Capitan & the Guadelupe Mountains National Park
Although nearly ninety miles east of El Paso, this remote park is still considered a "local site." Leaving the city you drive through Chihuahuan Desert landscape. Ranchland and scenic areas line the narrow road as you speed along. Very tiny towns interrupt the drive in a blur. Cornudas is developing a western town community. Salt Flats is an ancient native and modern salt source. Out of the flat lands the El Capitan peak will rise into view.
A scenic stop allows a quick view. You can see the southermost peak of the Guadelupe Mountains at about 8,085 ft. It is close to the highest point in Texas and was a stagecoach route landmark. The mountains are limestone reefs from ancient seas.
Continue travelling towards Pine Springs and the State Park. Opportunities exist for hiking and outdoor activities. The fall season usually has bright colors in the mountain trees. See the website for more help.
The road continues about 40 miles and reaches White City which is an access for Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. The caves are fantastic and are the "underside" of the limestone formations.
This park of West Texas is somewhat isolated and for the adventurous. Be sure of your car and gasoline as well as water, food and supplies. The Guadelupe Pass may be difficult or closed in stormy or windy weather.
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