Bush Mountain is one of 5 peaks that line an escarpment that rises over 5,000 ft above the salt flats to the west. Bush Mountain is the second highest summit in Texas
, only 149 feet lower than the highest, Guadalupe Peak
. See also El Capitan
, Shumard Peak
, and Bartlett Peak
Although Bush Mountain is an easy climb with a trail all the way to the summit, it is a worthy climb because of its spectacular views into the more remote sections of the Guadalupes. The other 4 peaks along the escarpment don't offer these views. An unobstructed view to the West also gives Bush Mountain a perfect setting to view the sunset, as well as views far into New Mexico. Because of Bush's more remote location as well as it not being the highest peak in Texas like Guadalupe Peak, Bush offers a remote and beautiful location without the crowds.
Bush Mountain (left) as seen from Hunter Peak
Bush Mountain is located in the romote and beautiful Guadalupe Mountains National Park
(see the Guadalupe Peak page for more information on the park), located in West Texas just south of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The Guadalupe Mountain Range is the largest exposed ancient fossil reef in the world. Overshadowed by the other more popular national park in Texas (Big Bend), the Guadalupe Mountains have something that Big Bend doesn't have; bragging rights to the best view in Texas (Hunter Peak
), and the prettiest spot in Texas (McKittrick Canyon
). The view from Bush Mountain is just as spectacular.