To finish off our look at National Parks and Monuments of the Great Plains, let’s take a look at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas. To be precise, GMNP is not in the Great Plains, but at the northern edge of the Chihauhuan Desert, which extends well into Mexico. The reason I’m including it here is because the highest peak in the park (also the highest peak in Texas) is the proposed southern terminus for the Great Plains Trail, and that’s what this blog is all about. There are lots of reasons to include this peak as part of the trail, but let’s just say this: The view of the Great Plains from the summit of the 8,749 peak would be spectacular!
I say “would be,” and here’s where I would be inserting my own photo of the view from the summit from a recent trip there with Great Plains Trail Alliance board member Kevin Purdy. Unfortunately, a fire in the park closed the trail and thwarted our bid for the summit. So, until I can make it back down there, here’s a link to some images from the peak: Peak Images
Also, for one more look at the impressive range of peaks in GMNP, check out our website, www.greatplainstrail.org and watch as the pictures scroll through. While you’re there, please consider giving us a hand by donating to the Great Plains Trail Alliance. With your help, we can make the vision for this trail a reality!