Guadalupe Mountains, Texas

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, Universityof Wisconsin - Green Bay

Regional map showing Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks.

U.S. 62 from El Paso to Carlsbad Caverns is a worthy competitor for the title "Loneliest Road in America." There's a customs station outside El Paso, and they check your gas gauge. Not that getting around El Paso is user-friendly. There are no signs for Carlsbad Caverns, and after exiting the beltway, there's an almost interminable red light strip.

Here's the first view of the Guadalupe Mountains. Note the orographic clouds.
The steep drop on the right is El Capitan.
Above: The sharp cliff on the right is El Capitan. The rounded hump to its left is Guadalupe Peak, the highest peak in Texas. Above: El Capitan from the southwest.
Left: El Capitan disappears behind foreground hills
Left: Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas

Below: Views approaching from the south.
Left: hills east of El Capitan

Below: Entrance to the park. Most of the park is roadless.
 El Capitan from the Visitor Center.
Left and below: views from the Visitor Center
Left and below: the reef front on the way toward Carlsbad Caverns
New Mexico high plains
Left and below: Views of El Capitan approaching from Carlsbad Caverns.

Left and below: views south from near El Capitan

Left and below: El Capitan from the south.
Left and below: west Texas scenery

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Created 1 August 2012, Last Update 07 June 2020