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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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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

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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34 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Kearney, Nebraska, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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158 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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166 reviews 166 reviews
49 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

McKittrick Canyon is Guadalupe Peak's equal opposite in elevation gain (200 ft. v 3,000 ft.) and mileage (4.8 miles round trip v 8.4 miles) but it should not be missed. The trail provides incredible diversity in plant life due to the presence of a small stream. Because of the availability of water, the desert plants are some of the healthiest... More

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Utah
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29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This hike was a nice break from the desert dryness. There were lots of green trees and stunning vistas. We enjoyed a few minutes sitting on the porch of the Pratt Cabin, listening to the birds, then continued on to The Grotto. We saw a bat sleeping on a rock there. There were some other people on the trail but... More

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Illinois
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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This was a mostly flat trail hiking along a mostly dry creek bed. We only hiked to homestead at mile 2.3 and then turned around. At one point in history, supposedly this was a very pretty spot but the creek is mostly gone and it is a mostly exposed hike. If you are in at least average shape and have... More

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Georgetown, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

May may not be the most beautiful time of year to make this hike, but it's still wonderful. The stream was still flowing. We passed precisely one other hiker on our five mile round trip. It's an easy walk.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Like another review here, I really wanted to love this hike, which is highly recommended in NP literature and in our hiking guide. Our March hike was disappointing -- perhaps because it lacked spring green and fall color. We kept looking for something spectacular around the next corner, and never really found it. The rock and gravel of the pathway... More

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