Most of my day trips consist of a handful of museums, a bit of outdoors, and lots of great food. But then there are the trips that take me into the remote reaches of Texas; to places without restaurants and streetlights but riddled with adventure. My recent journey was of this kind, as I set out with friends to summit the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park celebrates its 40th anniversary with a day full of activities on October 6. Until then, join the Park for the Peak Fitness Challenge, a collaboration among Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Franklin Mountains National Park, Texas Mountain Trail, and GeoBetty.com, which encourages both new and experienced hikers to hit the trails. Visit their sites for more information or to register for the challenge.
Take a hike. Rather than a brush-off, to me this sounds like an invitation to have a great time. Hiking offers one of the most accessible and versatile ways to enjoy the outdoors. Naturally, Texas boasts an amazing array of hikes for every taste and ability—from strolls of less than a mile to treks longer than 100 miles, through thick woods or open country, on high mountain slopes or smooth, flat shores. Here’s a selection of 10 of my favorites.