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McKittrick Canyon

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Perfect picnic spot...

After hiking to the top of Guadalupe Peak, this hike was relaxing and easy. We stopped and enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sherry P
West Linn, Oregon
Great easy hike

After hiking Devil's Hall and Guadalupe Peak in the days before, this trail was just what we... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
via mobile
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Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good29%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After hiking to the top of Guadalupe Peak, this hike was relaxing and easy. We stopped and enjoyed the front porch of the Pratt Cabin. There are wonderful rockers there to sit back and take in the historical premises. If you are so inclined, there...More

Thank Sherry P
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

After hiking Devil's Hall and Guadalupe Peak in the days before, this trail was just what we needed. The trail is easy to negotiate and well maintained. There are several parts where you cross the riverbed and pick up the trail on the other side....More

Thank jenhaddock
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Entrance fee for the Guadalupe Mountains NP is $5 (well worth the money). The McKittrick Canyon area is open 8am - 6pm in the summer. From the trailhead, it's 2.4 mi/3.9 km to the Pratt Cabin, 3.5 mi/5.6 km to the Grotto, 4.5 mi/7.2 km...More

Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Carlsbad Caverns was the real destination but we spent more time in the Guadalupe Park and this trail is a jewel. The thought of someone building a stone home in this canyon years ago is daunting. The arid landscape grew on us during our 2...More

Thank Tom C
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I felt like this hike allowed a good overview of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It took me, at 62 and in pretty good shape, most of the afternoon. The temperatures changed a lot during the hike, so I was glad that I had layered clothing...More

7  Thank Chloe T
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

While it is a long drive to get to the Texas / New Mexico, it is all worth it when you hike this place. So many beautiful views and we experienced several weather changes during our hike. It started sunny, had numerous gusts over 30...More

3  Thank surfinbird81
Reviewed 27 December 2016

This is an excellent hike--the scenery is beautiful and the trail is great. It's awesome to descend from the rim of the canyon and make your way down into the canyon. The landscape changes, but everything stays stunningly beautiful. The hike itself is not difficult...More

1  Thank beckytkm
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is an interesting hike along a well-marked trail. You hike in the canyon along a spring-fed stream. The walnut, Texas madrone, and sugar maple trees along with Douglas fir and ponderosa pine make for an amazing display of red, orange, rust yellow and green...More

5  Thank Zubbydog
Reviewed 7 November 2016

I had hiked McKittrick about 30 years ago and I remember there being very few people at that time. However, this time it was a very crowded area and just one person after another both coming and going. The number of people kind of detracted...More

1  Thank Roger A
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We drove the road just before sunset and encountered lots of wildlife and a lovely and gradually deepening evening. Regards, OldeBear

2  Thank OldeBear
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How is the view at mcckritick canion now
25 October 2016|
Response from hj014-on-tour | Reviewed this property |
For the first 2 hours, you are in the canyon, a valley, very flat. Then the trail moves upward into the mountain range and the view gets great. Just do it!
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