El Capitan rises above the desert floor, and is the first sight most people have of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The Park is one of the world's best examples of a fossilized reef. El Capitan is full of fossils of marine creatures, a massive geological uplift exposed them to the elements. Just behind this formation is Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. Both El Capitan and Guadalupe Peak have great hiking trails with terrific views of the mountains and desert below.
For more information on Guadalupe Mountains National Park, visit: www.nps.gov/gumo
For more information on hiking in the region, visit: www.texasmountaintrail.com/hike