Monday I presented to you photographs of the great salt flat pans at the base of the Guadalupe Mountains. Today I will show you the Guadalupe Mountains as we continue along U.S. Route 180 / U.S. Route 62 to Carlsbad Caverns.
The Guadalupe Mountains National Park is home of Guadalupe Peak — the highest point in Texas at 8,751 feet (2,667 meters). It is also home to a much more famous landmark — the imposing El Capitan. El Capitan was a major reference point for the Butterfield Overland Mail Trail that ran through this area back when El Paso was called Franklin.
Just one look at this impressive peak, visible for vast distances from many directions, will tell you why it was such a welcome and important visual reference. Also included below are two photographs taken from near the visitors center at Carlsbad Caverns. Those shots are included here because Carlsbad Caverns are themselves located inside a portion of the Guadalupe Mountains: