Greetings from Guadalupe Mountains National Park

In July 1978 my wife and I climbed Guadalupe Peak and signed the summit register. Our daughter was born in May 1979. My wife died in July 2002, and my daughter and I climbed Guadalupe as a memorial to her and we signed the summit register. At the ranger station we asked to see if they had preserved the register entries from July 1978 and they had! We were so moved to see Niesha’s and my entries, made just 10 months before our daughter Arianna’s birth. On September 25, 2020 a thoughtless neighbor put out strychnine poison (illegal) to kill ground squirrels and killed our beloved black lab girl dog Sierra. A week later Arianna and I climbed Guadalupe and Arianna signed the summit register. I was 79 years old then, turned 80 a few days ago. We are so grateful for the National Parks, particularly for Guadalupe and its wonderful preservation of summit register entries for years and years. The beauty and challenge of Guadalupe National Park has been a refuge for grieving souls.

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Samuel L Fort

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

This wilderness area preserves the largest exposed fossil reef on Earth, showcasing remnants from an underwater world that existed 260 million years ago when this part of West Texas was covered by the sea. Visitors can explore the park’s striking mountains or hike a stream bed through the winding limestone walls of McKittrick Canyon, where deciduous trees and other vegetation stand in vibrant contrast with the surrounding desert.

State(s): Texas

Established: 1972

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