|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
The state's highest peaks pepper the southeast reaches of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, a solitary wilderness area in West Texas. Summit the tallest one—8,749-foot Guadalupe Peak—on the 8-mile round-trip trek that skirts juniper-studded hillsides and ragged limestone cliffs. Guadalupe's rocky crown showcases views of shimmering salt flats, sprawling desert, and a chain of neighboring 8,000-footers.
PARK INFO: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, (915) 828-3251; nps.gov/gumo/.