In the far corner of west Texas, experience mountains and canyons, desert and dunes, night skies, and spectacular vistas within a place unlike any other. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, not too far from El Paso, protects the world’s most extensive Permian fossil reef, the four highest peaks in Texas, an environmentally diverse collection of flora and fauna, and the stories of lives shaped through conflict, cooperation, and survival. The park covers over 100 square miles in the same mountain range as Carlsbad Caverns National Park, about 25 miles to the north in New Mexico.
Mule deer live throughout the park, and are often seen browsing near the campground or along park trails. Occasionally, especially in winter months, elk may be seen grazing near springs or along the highway corridor. Other mammals that may be seen include coyotes, the gray fox, desert cottontails, black-tailed jackrabbits, ringtails, and rock squirrels. Lucky visitors will occasionally encounter a mountain lion or a pack of javalinas. Though black bears also live in the high country, they are rarely observed.
Address: 400 Pine Canyon Dr, Salt Flat, Texas 79847
Coordinates: 31.894370, -104.821670