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Celebrate the 50th Birthday of Guadalupe Mountains National Park with 5 Spectacular Hikes

December 2, 2022 | By Laurence Parent

A Wet Summer Bodes Well for a Colorful Fall at Guadalupe Mountains

September 23, 2021 | By

My Favorite Texas Trip: A Very Texan Proposal on the State’s Highest Peak

June 10, 2020 | By Natalie Moore

Explore the Guadalupe Ridge Trail with Texas Highways and New Mexico Magazines

March 19, 2019 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

This month, we’re partnering with New Mexico Magazine to share the story of this dual-state treasure with our neighbors to the west.

For our joint feature story, Managing Editor Wes Ferguson made his second trip to explore the Guadalupe Ridge Trail. As the fall 2017 artist-in-residence at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, he had spent nearly four weeks hiking and writing while immersed in the highest and wildest country Texas offers. “This assignment brought me back to the Guadalupes for the first time in nearly a year,” Ferguson says, “and it felt like a reunion with an old friend I don’t see nearly as often as I wish.”

Hike from Texas to New Mexico on This 100-Mile-Long Trail

March 18, 2019 | By Wes Ferguson

Pieced together from several existing trails, the GRT begins near the depths of New Mexico, not far from the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and ends on the top of Texas—Guadalupe Peak, which at 8,751 feet is the highest summit in the Lone Star State.

The trail connects Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains national parks via the Lincoln National Forest, most famously the site of Sitting Bull Falls, which tumbles from a spring-fed creek over a mossy, 150-foot-high canyon wall. An oasis flowing year round, it fills clear pools where visitors come to relax, wade, and cool down in an otherwise desolate stretch of desert. If you’ve been hiking for nearly a week on the Guadalupe Ridge Trail, you’ve certainly earned a dip and drink from the falls.

Big Bend and Other National Parks Feel the Pinch as Federal Shutdown Persists

January 16, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc  

The government shutdown is limiting operations at Big Bend National Park and other Texas national parks, while some National Park Service properties in are closed because of the shutdown.

Scale Five Peaks in One Week on This Epic West Texas Road Trip

November 1, 2018 | By Matt Joyce

A mile or two into my hike to the top of Mount Livermore in the Davis Mountains, I stepped to the side of the trail as two speedsters overtook me on the uphill slope. “I guess that’s where we’re headed,” I said, nodding to a rocky outcrop on the horizon far above. “Nope,” one of them responded. “Baldy Peak is beyond that—you can’t see it yet.”

Guadalupe Mountains Landmark Designated As Endangered

July 9, 2018 | By Julia Jones

Framed by a dramatic mountain backdrop, not far from the Texas-New Mexico line, is a building made of stone, steel, and stucco—an early modernist piece of architecture that seems to have gotten lost on a desert trail on its way to a more urban setting elsewhere.

Trails in Guadalupe Mountains and San Antonio Get Federal Recognition

June 11, 2018 | By Julia Jones

The Department of the Interior has named 19 new national recreation trails, and Texas is home to two of them: the Guadalupe Ridge Trail that runs across the Texas-New Mexico border and the Salado Creek Greenway in San Antonio.

Texas Highways Top 5 Most-Read Stories of 2017

December 27, 2017 | By

As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the 5 most-read stories of the year.

4 Must-See Fall Foliage Spots in Texas

September 18, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

Fall color takes the right kind of trees, meaning deciduous hardwoods. These types of trees practice a sort of winter hibernation, turning off production of chlorophylls, a green pigment in the leaves responsible for producing energy for the tree. Without that green, other leaf pigments become visible, including yellow xanthophyll and orange carotenoids, or the leaf turns shades of brown. Some of the best color comes from Texas red oaks and other oaks, flameleaf sumac, cedar elm, cottonwoods, walnut, sycamore, and, of course, maples—all trees found only in certain parts of the state, at least in any significant numbers.

Texas’ Top Natural Wonders: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

August 7, 2017 | By

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“It feels so small at first, until you hit the trail and start to explore.

My Favorite Hikes

January 27, 2015 | By Lori Moffatt

In February 2015, Globe Pequot Press released the 3rd edition of Texas writer/photographer Laurence Parent’s popular book Hiking Big Bend, introducing fresh photos and updated information. And, since Texas Highways published two of Laurence’s photo-driven articles about Big Bend in the February 2015 issue, we thought the timing was perfect to ask Laurence about some of his favorite hikes around the state.

Amazing Altitudes

June 16, 2014 | By Lori Moffatt

One of the greatest values of travel is that it affords us a new perspective on the world.

4 for Fall: The Autumn Trails

October 13, 2009 | By Melissa Gaskill

The coming of fall lights certain swaths of the Texas landscape with bursts of flame-colored leaves painted red, gold, and yellow, creating the image of a blazing sunset before the long night of winter.

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