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McKittrick Canyon

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Probably a great spot. Only went part way.

I was only able to complete about a half mile of the hike and what I saw was very nice, but was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Salisbury, North Carolina
Great hike!

We completed the hike to the grotto and back to the visitor center in less than 4 hours. The trail... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
El Paso, Texas
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Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was only able to complete about a half mile of the hike and what I saw was very nice, but was unable to complete the whole hike. Was able to get some nice shots of the mountains and flora. Would probably recommend this for...More

Thank wewhynot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We completed the hike to the grotto and back to the visitor center in less than 4 hours. The trail is well marked. There are a few places where you have to cross water but there are stones to walk across. Make sure to visit...More

1  Thank sophiepilla
Reviewed 23 May 2017

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 17 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

8  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 10 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
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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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