Guadalupe Mountains National Park is the largest wilderness area in Texas with nearly 47,000 acres. The mountains were formed from an ancient marine fossil reef, formed around 260-270 million years ago. The summit of Guadalupe peak is 8,749-foot tall, the highest in Texas. The Park is located in west Texas on US 62/180 road. I visited this Park on a beautiful sunny day in the middle of May, and the weather was around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
I hiked 6.8 miles into the McKittrick Canyon, which took me around 4 hours. I visited Pratt Cabin, The Grotto and the Hunting Line Shack. The trail was easy but loose stones in most of the trail make the walk a little challenging. You can see spectacular views all the way through McKittrick Canyon, full of prickly pear cacti, willows, Texas madrones, Texas walnuts, alligator junipers, and ponderosa pines.
I was able to see a few small trout in the clear waters of the fragile stream and a lot of birds along the way. While resting in the Pratt Cabin area, I saw two wild boars chasing one mule dear. They stopped close to me and I could get some great pictures of them. I really enjoyed the wilderness in the Guadalupe Mountains.
Visit The Guadalupe Mountains National Park website for more information.