As we leave El Paso, Texas behind us, the white stone edifice of the Guadalupe Mountains comes into view. The contrast of the sheer white rock face to the flat sandy Chihuahuan Desert floor gives the mountain a dreamlike appearance as if depicted in an ancient myth. At the south end of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Guadalupe Peak stands 8,751 feet above sea level and is the highest natural point in Texas. There is a stainless steel Pyramid atop the peak that was erected by American Airlines in 1958 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Butterfield Overland Mail whose riders once carried mail south of the peak.

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