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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park gwä´dəlo͞op [key], 86,416 acres (34,998 hectares), W Tex. Located in the Guadalupe Mts., the park contains parts of the world's largest and most significant Permian limestone fossil reef. In the park are McKittrich Canyon Guadalupe Peak, 8,751 ft (2,667 m), the highest point in Texas and El Capitan, 8,078 ft (2,462 m), which served as a landmark for westward-traveling pioneers. The park was authorized in 1966 and established in 1972. See National Parks and Monuments (table).

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