Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a study in extremes: it has mountaintop forests but also rocky canyons, arid deserts, and a stream that winds through verdant woods. The park is home to the Texas madrone tree, found commonly only here and in Big Bend National Park. Guadalupe Mountains National Park also has the distinction of hosting the loftiest spot in Texas: 8,749-foot Guadalupe Peak. The mountain dominates the view from every approach, but it's just one member of a rugged range carved by wind, water, and time.
- Tower over Texas The park is home to 8,749-foot Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in the state.
- Fall for fiery foliage Though surrounded by arid desert and rocky soil, the park has miles of beautiful foliage in McKittrick Canyon. In late October you can watch it burst into flaming colors.
- Hike unhindered The main activity at the park is hiking its rugged, remote, and often challenging trails 80 miles' worth will keep you captivated and spry—and far away from civilization.
- Marvel at wildlife Despite the surrounding arid region, a variety of wildlife—including shaggy brown elk, furtive mountain lions, and shy black bears—traipse the mountains, woods, and desert here.
- The Old West whispers Rock ruins and former homesteads dot a hardscrabble landscape challenged by pioneers.