Despite its size, the Lone Star State is known for its diverse natural environment. From the Gulf Coast to the high plains of the Panhandle, the state's rich tapestry of scenery includes deserts, dense forests, jaw-dropping canyons and of course, many towering mountains.
The highest point in Texas is Guadalupe Peak, which stands at 8,749 feet. The mountain rises from a region of high, rugged mountains in far west Texas known as Trans-Pecos.
In fact, this entire area of mountains is a National Park. The park contains many other peaks and hills that reach over 7,000 feet.
Guadalupe Peak is one of many peaks that can be climbed in this region. It is easily accessible via a well-graded hiking trail and, on top of the peak, you will find a strange stainless steel monument.
This hike is a strenuous 8.4 miles round-trip with 3,000 feet of elevation gain, so it's recommended to take your time and prepare yourself for the trip ahead. Be sure to carry your water bottle and other necessary supplies with you.
The peak is capped by a very strange stainless steel monument that was placed here by American Airlines in the 1950s to remember the Butterfield Overland Mail stage line and later, the airline’s stage drivers. It’s a very odd monument, but the peak does offer a truly spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.
Other peaks in this range include Bush Mountain at 8,631 feet, Shumard Peak at 8,615 feet and Bartlett Peak at 8,508 feet. Each is a challenging hike, but they are worth the effort if you’re in the mood for some incredible views and some serious hiking adventure!