Could you hike for 100 miles in the mountains? The Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT) that connects Guadalupe Peak with Carlsbad Caverns challenges you to do just that.
The trail is maintained by the National Park Service and starts at the highest point in Texas, which is Guadalupe Peak (8,751 feet). The trail is rocky and is not for beginners.
The trail goes through the Chihuahuan desert, mixed coniferous forest, and riparian woodlands before exiting the national park to the Lincoln National Forest. While in the forest, hikers can expect rocky canyons, and if you want the full experience, there is an optional loop that will take you through Last Chance Canyon and Sitting Bull Falls. The trail continues though Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The trail does not loop, so be sure to plan a way home!
The trail was designated in May 2018. It was the longest trail designated in 2018 and the only one that crosses state lines.