In the mid s a stagecoach line called the Butterfield Overland Mail Trail ran right through the park on its way to El Paso, delivering mail, goods and passengers over 2, miles in 25 days between the east coast and California. The historic ruins of the old stage station can be reached via an easy 0. Guadalupe offers two developed campgrounds, as well as backcountry camping permits, but there are no restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores or overnight lodging options in the remote park.
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The closest town with food, ice, showers and hotel rooms is 35 miles east in White's City, New Mexico. Top tip: For the biggest views in Texas, hike to the state's highest point: 2,metre Guadalupe Peak. A trail from the Pine Springs campground winds up more than metres of elevation in 4. The hike can be completed year round. Just east of El Paso, lies the rock-climbing's mecca of Hueco Tanks. Here, bouldering aficionados — climbers who seek to ascend low, challenging routes without ropes — from all over the world gather to grab the unique hand holds formed by Hueco's "tanks", the small water-carved depressions pitting the rocks.
These miniature water catchments have attracted people for millennia, some of whom left their mark in the form of thousands of pictographs painted on to the rocks depicting dancing figures, people with elaborate headdresses, birds, jaguars, deer and symbols of rain, lightning and corn. The most famous images are of masks or face designs. Hueco Tanks boasts the largest number of mask paintings in North America, with more than identified throughout the park.
Due to the rock art's historical value and fragility, access to Hueco Tanks is restricted.
Visitors must make reservations to access the North Mountain area, which is limited to 70 people per day, or hire a certified guide to explore other areas of the park. Even if you're not a world-class rock climber, the park also offers hiking, bird watching and camping. Climbers from all over the world show up to compete and take part in instructional clinics. Spectators welcome. Roughly 60 miles long, up to 20 miles wide in places and around metres deep, Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the country and its intricate geologic layers and steep, colourful walls, do bear some resemblance to its bigger, grander counterpart in Arizona.
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People have lived in this spectacular landscape for millennia, occupying the resource-rich canyon floor continuously for at least 12, years. The Apache, Comanche and Kiowa tribes fought many battles over the valuable territory before they were finally evicted in the s and moved to reservations in Oklahoma. Today the park caters to horseback riders , with more than 1, acres devoted to equestrian-only trails. But you don't have to be a cowboy to enjoy the scenery: 17, acres of the huge park is crisscrossed with paths for hikers and mountain bikers. Keep an eye out for Longhorn steers that graze along the rim of the canyon, part of the official Texas state longhorn herd.
Camping is available in tent and RV sites, and a small number of primitive cabins are available for nightly rentals, reservations recommended. As the official play of the state of Texas, the family-friendly show depicts the trials and triumphs faced by the settlers of the Panhandle. Just south of the showier Palo Duro lies the quieter, but no less lovely, Caprock Canyons state park. The park straddles the Caprock Escarpment: spectacular metre red sandstone cliffs that form the natural transition between the high, flat plains to the west and the lower rolling plains to the east.
This transition zone has long supported a diversity of life, including now extinct mammoths, North American camels and giant bison. Today, the park is home to the Texas state bison herd, among the few genetically pure plains bison in the country that have not been crossbred with domestic cattle. Located in the Panhandle, miles southeast of Amarillo, Caprock Canyons offers tent and RV camping, along with backcountry sites for overnight trips.
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Boating, fishing and swimming are popular on acre Lake Theo. Mountain bike and horse rentals are also available. More than 90 miles of trails run through the park and up the towering red cliffs, affording stunning view of the famous Texas Llano Estacado landscape. Top tip: The Trailway is a mile hiking, biking and equestrian trail that runs through the park following the abandoned Fort Worth and Denver Railroad line between Estelline and the South Plains.
The trail passes through three counties, across 46 bridges and through the Clarity Tunnel, home to a half-million Mexican free-tailed bats during the summer months.
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