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McKittrick Canyon

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Type: Canyons
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.
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Bastrop TX
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Central Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Just wanted to give you a heads up if you are planning to hike McKittrick Canyon at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We just hiked it earlier this week (May 2014) and found that the trail had been recently regraveled making the "easy hike" quite difficult. The trail itself is relatively level but they have recently added a lot of gravel... More

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88 reviews 88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We unfortunately arrived just before closing (they close the gate to McKittrick Canyon at 6pm sharp......and it's a mighty big padlock), so we were only able to stop in the little unmanned visitor center, listen to the recording and look up the canyon. Maybe we'll make the trip again sometime and take the hike up canyon. I thought it was... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We took the McKittrick Canyon walk to see the park the way it is meant to be seen. This is not a tough walk. There are areas of loose footing. Nice views of the canyon walls and we now know what a wash looks like. It was very quiet there. You could hear other hikers long before you see them.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Ok -- so some people won't agree with calling this a "hike," but most people don't "walk" 4.8 miles or more on a random whim. That said, this is not one of the most challenging hikes around, but ya' know what? That's ok. We need hikes for every ability and enjoyment level. We enjoyed the canyon on a beautiful fall... More

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Coulee Dam, Washington
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18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

McKittrick Canyon is beautiful and you get a little taste of every ecosystem Guadalupe Mountains National Park has to offer on the trails here. There are no downsides, just remember to bring water if you hike on the longer trails as there is no water available once you leave the canyon's small visitor center. I can't wait till the fall... More

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Iowa
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184 attraction reviews
349 helpful votes 349 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Due to time constraints, I only hiked a little over a mile on the trail to the Pratt cabin. Even going just that far was a great hike. I started around 9:00 in the morning and saw only one other person on the trail on the way in. On the return hike, I did meet about a dozen other hikers.... More

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