Guadalope Mountains National Park, located just south of the border to New Mexico, is only 32 miles (51 km) from the Carlsbad caverns national park in New Mexico in the north east. In fact, they are two ends of the same mountainous region. The mountains, canyons, desert and dunes of the park make it a popular place for hiking, backpacking and camping. The park offers a clear view from horizon to horizon of the sky and the National Park Service has retrofitted its lighting in order to diminish light pollution and protect the night sky. Weekly stargazing features can be found through the McDonald Observatory. The park hosts the 4 highest peaks in Texas and protects the world’s most extensive Permian fossil reef.
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