El Capitan, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
El Capitan is a peak in Culberson County, Texas, located within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The 10th-highest peak in Texas at 8,085 ft (2,464 m), El Capitan is part of the Guadalupe Mountains, an exposed portion of a Permian period reef uplifted and exposed by tectonic activity during the late Cretaceous period. The southern terminus of the Guadalupe Mountains, El Capitan looms over U.S. 62/180, where its imposing height and stark outline have made it one of the iconic images of the Trans-Pecos to generations of travelers.
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  • Beautiful Views .. easy walking trails .. highly recommend this day outing located about an hour from the city of Van Horn.  more »
  • We visited the Guadalupe Mountains Visitor Center. We didn’t have much time to hike. The ranger told us to drive the second picnic area to see the El Captain. We stopped at the first picnic area to...  more »
  • Beautiful place to sight see
  • This is the signature visual feature of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, its striking cliff-face profile visible from as many as 100 miles away. But not only is the mountain a striking beauty from below, it can be summited with great effort, offering unmatched views of the western escarpment of the range, and of Guadalupe Peak from 800 feet below.

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