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Exploring the Sky Islands of the Trans-Pecos

March 25, 2024 | By W.K. Stratton

Sled Down the Dunes at Monahans Sandhills State Park in West Texas

December 29, 2022 | By Melissa Gaskill

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

September 23, 2021 | By

6 Texas Daytrips to Drive Away the Winter Blues

December 30, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, my wife and I have been laying low. Our ages and autoimmune issues put us squarely in the highest at-risk category.

UTEP Professor Takes Readers to the Top of Texas in Guadalupe Mountains History Book

December 18, 2019 | By Dan Oko

More than 10,000 years ago, Native Americans made camp along the towering flanks of the Guadalupe Mountains, a range that harbors Texas’ highest peak at nearly 9,000 feet.

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.

Gallery: Wildflowers of West Texas

March 7, 2019 | By TH Staff

For our March 2019 issue, we sent photographer and West Texas resident E. Dan Klepper out to capture spring color in 2018. These are some of our favorite images that we didn’t have room for in the issue.

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.”

Photo: The Guadalupe Mountains Tower Above the West Texas Desert

October 25, 2018 | By

Range Roving

Rising from the Chihuahuan Desert north of Van Horn, the Guadalupe Mountains crest at the four highest elevations in the state—Guadalupe Peak, Bush Mountain, Shumard Peak, and Bartlett Peak. Though slightly shorter, El Capitan stands out as a distinctive limestone cliff towering some 3,000 feet above the road—making it a popular stop for photographers. The range contains some spectacular geological features, including part of the fossilized Capitan Reef, much of which can be seen within Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Texas’ Top Natural Wonders: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

August 7, 2017 | By

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

Return to the Guadalupes

September 16, 2016 | By Laurence Parent

I got to know the Guadalupe Mountains as a child in the 1970s, when my dad was a park ranger at nearby Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

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.

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