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McKittrick Canyon

Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.
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Houston, Texas
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130 reviews 130 reviews
33 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Louisiana
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363 reviews 363 reviews
99 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I like easier hikes. McKittrick Canyon offers different options on hikes. We enjoyed our hike very much with a lot of different scenery.

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Clermont, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I just read some of the recent comments about McKittrick Canyon. I haven't been there after the apparent flooding. It was beautiful every time we went with November being the best. It's so interesting to experience this completely different ecosystem in this desert area. Didn't expect great views as I never expected to climb to the top of a mountain.... More 

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Ackerly, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

There are several reasons that McKittrick Canyon may be disappointing for those who just show up expecting world class views. The Canyon IS beautiful, a source of year-round water in the immediate vicinity of the Chihuahuan Desert, but 1) The best coloration is the fall change of leaves near the end of October. Otherwise its a green canyon, like thousands... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This trail was just "okay". Everyone was raving about McKittrick Canyon, so I knew I had to hike it. I was disappointed. The Pratt Cabin was nothing more than an abandoned stone house and barn. The terrain of the trail changed after the cabin, but the surface of the trail was much better. (The early part of the trail was... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We have been to McKittrick Canyon several times in the past. This is the first time we were there in April. It was a beautiful hike we took to the Grotto in the Canyon. It is a fairly easy hike, but it is not a short hike. Before we got to the Grotto, we stopped at Pratt Cabin and sat... More 

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