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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.

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Oasis in the Desert

After a desultory but eerily thrilling slog through the monochromatic landscape that accompanies the Devils Hall trail, Mckiiterick Canyon(just down the road) presents a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Dallas, TX
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The hike isn't particularly difficult, though you do walk on rocks almost the whole way so really need to wear thick soled shoes. Biting flies were really annoying. There is a pretty little stream at one point. Otherwise, the hike to Pratt Cabin became monotonous in the heat. Very little shade; bring water and wear a hat and sunscreen. We... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We went up to "the Notch" before turning around; that is about 6h round trip for the "non-pro". The route is well marked, and not difficult. Especially to Pratt Cabin, where the flatter portion of the hike ends. Coming from a mountain country, the views were nothing special, but if you from the plains maybe this will be good enough... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

After a desultory but eerily thrilling slog through the monochromatic landscape that accompanies the Devils Hall trail, Mckiiterick Canyon(just down the road) presents a surprisingly vernal and pleasantly shaded alternative that will not leave you disappointed in the least. Make sure and stop at the information center at the trailhead to view a wonderful video presentation recorded by McKitterick himself... More 

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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

McKittrick Canyon is an interesting day use area in the Guadalupe Mountain National Park. There are three primary trails of varying length and difficulty but overall they are pretty easy and well maintained. On the drive in to the trail head I saw Mule Deer and on the trail I saw a plethora of birds, lizards, and only one tiny... More 

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Taichung, Taiwan
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The views in McKittrick Canyon were simply amazing. We went to Carlsbad Caverns in the morning, and McKittrick Canyon in the afternoon, so we only had a few hours. We hiked to Pratt Cabin, and it was a perfect hike. Very little elevation gain, a clearly marked and relatively easy path, and stunning scenery. The hike took us about 2... More 

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Houston, Texas
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I was not that excited by the Guadalupe Mtns NP. the views are nice but not spectacular. Not absolutely sure it should even be a NP. Howver McKittrick canyon was much nicer than Frijole ranch or the visitor center area. The walk had a bit of running water, nice views of the canyon as you rose up, some oaks *(rare... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Great backpacking into back country. Went here in December 2014, with a couple of camping/backpacking friends. Completely dried out creeks, no water whats-so-ever anywhere (so bring about 2 liter/person/day just to be safe!) Great high desert hike, starts out a bit steep, but worth it if doing McKittrick to Tejas trail back to Pine Ridge. What a wonderful trip, didn't... More 

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Houston, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Since we were there in December, it was cold, chilly, and misty, so we had very limited views of the surrounding vista as we hiked. But no matter, we still thoroughly enjoyed this trail because of the signs on the trail that introduces the geological origins of the area. We are kinda geeky like that, so if you are into... More 

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Ackerly, Texas
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7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I have reviewed McKittrick Canyon previously, noting in that review that the fall colors are the crown jewel of this attraction. My previous review focused on opposing some negative comments about the hike, the trail conditions, the overall scenery, and other complaints. This review is intended simply to show the beauty to be found in this wonderful oasis in the... More 

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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you are just doing the 4 or so miles to the cabins in the canyon, this is a nice family-level hike (very moderate). However, if you're going to continue to hike up to the ridge... be prepared. It is a VERY steep and difficult hike, but worth it. I backpacked and camped overnight at the ridge at the top.... More 

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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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