Rising from the Chihuahuan Desert 55 miles (89 Km) south of Carlsbad is the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Viewers will be in awe with the incredible vistas, flourishing vegetation, and countless species of wildlife that thrive in the park. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is open year-round and offers a variety of outdoor activities including backpacking, […]

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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400 Pine Canyon Dr, Salt Flat, TX 79847
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Rising from the Chihuahuan Desert 55 miles (89 Km) south of Carlsbad is the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Viewers will be in awe with the incredible vistas, flourishing vegetation, and countless species of wildlife that thrive in the park.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is open year-round and offers a variety of outdoor activities including backpacking, camping, and hiking. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is the world’s premier example of a fossil reef from the Permian Era.  The park is known for its extensive hiking and backpacking opportunities in one of the nation’s most pristine wilderness areas.  Birding, history, and many other opportunities to learn and have fun await visitors in this hidden gem of West Texas.

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Established on September 30, 1972, the 86,416 acre (350 Sq. Km) park preserves a 260 million year old fossilized reef, and boasts the second largest gypsum dune field in the United States (third largest in the world), part of the 2,000 acre Salt Basin Dunes on the western flank of the park, which was involved in the El Paso Salt War in the late 1800s. The world-class geology of this national park draws visitors, researchers and scholars from around the globe. The 46,850 acre (190 Sq. Km) wilderness area is the largest federally-designated wilderness area in the state of Texas. Although the lower elevations are dominated by Chihuahuan desert, those who venture into the high country are treated to mixed coniferous and oak woodland forests.

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