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12. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Guadalupe Mountains park in far West Texas is a hiker’s paradise, with more than 80 miles of mild trails through canyons and springs and more strenuous back-country hikes where steep mountain switchbacks lead into the wilderness. The park also has sandy dunes and dry salt lakes. Visitors in 2009 (through August): 123,788 More info: Pictured: The salt flats
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