The Guadalupe Mountains rise from the west Texas salt flats like a limestone shiv. Reach the top of Texas (8,751-foot Guadalupe Peak) on an 8-miler with long-distance views of scrubland stretching to Mexico and New Mexico. Camp at the site a mile from the summit to extend your stay.
SEASON: Fall to winter
PERMIT: Overnight camping in Guadalupe Mountains National Park requires a free backcountry permit. Get more trip planning details at nps.gov/gumo/planyourvisit/backpacking.htm.
MORE INFO: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, (915) 828-3251; nps.gov/gumo.
-Mapped by Steven Smith, mylifeoutdoors.com