Yet another astounding view of the Chihuahuan Desert from the Guadalupe Peak Trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The park's website says this about the hike:
"On a clear day, the view from the "Top of Texas" (8,749 feet, or 2,667 meters) is outstanding. The trail is very steep, but is well established. Some areas are exposed to cliff edges. It is rated strenuous, with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The round trip distance is 8.4 miles, and generally takes 6-8 hours. Avoid the peak hike during high winds and thunderstorms."
Trail descriptions for Guadalupe Mountains National Park are here. For more regional hiking information, visit the Texas Mountain Trail hiking page: www.texasmountaintrail.com/hike
If you're not a camper, lodging for Guadalupe Mountains National Park is available in Van Horn, including one of our our Texas Mountain Trail cycle-friendly properties, the historic Hotel El Capitan. Other notable accommodations properties are listed on our cycling page: www.texasmountaintrail.com/bike and our historic hotels page, www.texasmountaintrail.com/historichotels