Often seen as a side trip from better-known Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, this park is a combination of high mountains, desert, shaded canyons and abandoned ranches. The starkly beautiful mountain range is part of an ancient fossil-rich formation known as Capitan Reef and includes Texas' four highest peaks. (The tallest, Guadalupe Peak, is 8,751 ft/2,667 m). Relatively undeveloped, the park will appeal primarily to hikers, as getting to the best parts of the park requires some rigorous legwork. Visitors should be sure to take plenty of water and a hat.
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