Guadalupe Mountains National Park
The rugged wilderness of the Guadalupe Mountains in west Texas
was originally a barrier reef under the waters of an ancient sea.
Today fir trees and pockets of lush vegetation cling to this
mountain range rising from the desert. Formerly the home of the
Apache nation, the National Park is now occupied by hundreds of
plant and bird species, 60 species of mammals and 55 varieties of
reptiles and amphibians. Visitors can traverse more than 80 miles
(129km) of trails on foot or horseback, or take the 4WD route
provided. There are several historic sites in the park including
Frijole Ranch History Museum and the ruins of a stagecoach station.
McKittrick Canyon in the northeast corner of the park is regarded
as the most beautiful spot in Texas, where oaks and maples make a
colourful display in fall. There is a Junior Ranger program
available to keep children entertained. Horseback riding is allowed
in the park, although not provided by the park.
Telephone: Headquarters Vi
Transportation: No public transportation is available
Opening Time: The park is open year round. The Headquarters
Visitors Center opens 8am to 4.30pm (until 6pm in
Admission: $5 per adult for a seven-day pass