Not many mountain ranges in the United States capture the spirit of the rugged American West better than the Guadalupe Mountains. A bit like the Organ Mountains of southern New Mexico, these mountains rise suddenly from the surrounding level terrain. This national park is located 110 miles east of El Paso, Texas and 55 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico. It has 85 miles of trials, including a challenging one that reaches the summit of 8,749-foot Guadalupe Peak, the highest in Texas.
The photo of the old cafe was taken a few miles west from the park. West Texas had been getting record amounts of rainfall in the late summer of 2008, allowing me to capture a nice reflection photo of the Guadalupe Mountains from the nearby salt flats. Actually, a vast ocean once covered this area and portions of New Mexico.
This land was previously owned by Wallace Pratt, a petroleum geologist, and he later donated it to the National Park Service in 1959.
Unfortunately for me, this visit was a quick pass as I was headed back to El Paso from Big Bend National Park. Carlsbad, New Mexico would be a good choice for hotel lodging as the nearby Carlsbad Caverns are a major attraction.