Greetings from Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Peak Trail – 31.89140°N / 104.86°W

What does it actually mean to be standing in the highest point in Texas? To a 5 year old, it is a HUGE deal. Then throw in a low cloud base and some nice cool weather to make the perfect ascent of Guadalupe Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Our journey from El Paso to the park at 4:00 am was quite eventful. The monsoon rains dumped our annual share of precipitation on us during the short hour and forty-five minute trip. The front pushed the low level system east, blanketing the Guadalupe Mountains in fluffy clouds. To our surprise, they would remain the entirety of our trip.

This would be my son’s toughest hike to date, but a challenge that he greeted with excitement, The Adventure Boys were back in action. Even at such an early hour, 3:30 am, he awoke with ease at the mere mention of our big adventure. He has been waiting for this day for several weeks.

Despite the drive and the rain, we hit the trailhead ready for a great day. We hiked and made up silly songs, and talked about the important things like Hotwheels, corndogs, and farts. We were Adventure Boys. Before I knew it we had been hiking for two hours. It would continue on in the same manner for the next two hours, all the way to the summit.

I worried about how long he would last before he was ready to turn around, but to my delight he was committed to go all the way. He wanted to sit on the top of Texas.

We hiked through rain and fog and fought the slippery trail, but eventually we found our place at the top. We were rewarded with an amazing view of a beautiful sunny day above the cloud line. Due to the rain and fog there was no traffic on the mountain. It gave us an opportunity to sit and talk, and soak up the beauty that surrounded us.

It took nearly six and a half hours for us to ascend and hike back down. I am proud of him for his eagerness to explore and enjoy hearing his perspective of life and the world around him. This is why we go on adventures. Our bond as father and son is strengthened on each outing.

There is no better teaching moments then the ones that nature provides. For that reason, we will continue to learn and grow through our adventures.

Jason Brewer

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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