Thank goodness for 8,740-foot Guadalupe Peak: Hikers flock to the state high point, leaving nearby 8,615-foot Bush Mountian's see-forever slopes much quieter. Nab a free permit for the Bush Mountain campsite, then take the Tejas and Bush Mountain Trails 5.9 miles to the peak's western escarpment. With its wide-open views over the Salt Flats, Patterson Hills, and dog Canyon, you won't even miss those 125 feet. Info http://nps.gov/gumo
Guadalupe Mountains National Park: The Bowl
Climb an ancient reef and peek over its edge toward Texas’ highest peak on this 12.65-mile overnight in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. You'll climb more than 2,500 feet to a flower-filled meadow and drop through a jagged limestone canyon on this tough loop.