Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains NP Trips:
Hike: McKittrick Canyon 4/22/1985
Hike: Guadalupe Peak summit 4/23/1985| Flickr album
Backpack: Feb-March 1986| Flickr album
Backpack: Sep 25-29 1986
Backpack: Oct 29-Nov 3 1986
Quick drive thru March 1988
Guadalupe Mountains-Guad Peak Aug? 1988
Guadalupe Mountains-Guad Peak Sept 1997
Backpack: Guadalupe Peak summit February 2000| Flickr album
Camp & hike: Dog Canyon May 2011
Camp & hike: Dog Canyon May 2012
Camp & hike: Dog Canyon May 2013
Camp & hike: Dog Canyon April 28-May 2 2014
Camp & hike: Dog Canyon April 26-29 2016
Camp & hike: Dog Canyon April 25-30 2017
Backpack to Shumard backcountry site, 11/16/2017.| Flickr album
Camp & hike: Dog Canyon May 2-6 2018 (Also Carlsbad Caverns NP) | Flickr album


There’s a very interesting ¬†administrative history of the park, published in 1973,¬†here (PDF here). If you’re interested in the background of the park, the history from the time of its early landowners through the political and bureaucratic shenanigans of how it came to be you’ll find the read interesting. Quite a debt is owed to J. C. Hunter (Senior and Junior) for being somewhat conservation-minded for the time; also to Wallace Pratt for envisioning the land as a park. Did you know Pratt (among others) had foreseen a “Skyline Drive” not unlike what is at the Blueridge Skyway? And there was long a desire to build a series of trams from the visitor center at Pine Springs to the summit of Guadalupe Peak? To this day the wilderness boundary excludes the proposed path of that tramway. (See the “Master Plan” here:PDF here )

 

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