Guadalupe Mountains National
Park preserves one of the finest examples of an ancient, marine fossil
reef on earth...
years ago, a immense tropical ocean covered much of the area. Within this
sea, lime-secreting marine organisms, including calcareous sponges and
algae, along with lime from the seawater itself, formed a reef that
followed the shoreline for about 400 miles. After the ocean
evaporated, the reef was buried in thick blankets of sediments and mineral
salts. The limestone formations were remained covered until uplift
exposed massive portions of it. Today, geologists and scientists come from
around the world to study this phenomenal natural resource.
Frijoles Ranch & History Museum
featured are a remarkable earth fault, lofty peaks, unusual plants and
animals, and a colorful record of the past. Guadalupe Peak, the
highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet and a massive limestone
formation known as El Capitan are the most well known peaks. Many
visitors explore McKittrick Canyon, with its unique flora and fauna.
More adventurous "explorers" enjoy the "Bowl", located in a high country
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park