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

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Gorgerous hike in the Fall

Make sure to call for the fall the foliage report. I love this hike. We usually hike to the Grotto. Between Pratt's cabin and the Grotto has some amazing foliage. It is a long... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure to call for the fall the foliage report. I love this hike. We usually hike to the Grotto. Between Pratt's cabin and the Grotto has some amazing foliage. It is a long drive for us-2.5 hours each way, but it is worth it.

Thank TravelingFool88005
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After taking this hike this past September, it is easy to see how this hike is so highly rated. There is nothing difficult about this hike other than the time, length and temperature. The hike nicely transitions from brush country to wooded area as you move deeper into the canyon. Check the springs along the way for trout, they say... More 

Thank RMabe_PA
Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Plenty of parking, paved. Restrooms at the start, clean, small. $5.00 each person. Trash bens and recycling bens available. Take water! No dogs allowed. Friendly park rangers. Be sure to wear good shoes or hiking boots. Most of the trail is over rocks/gravel. Would be difficult if you have weak ankles. Did the Grotto trail. About 4 hrs w/several stops... More 

Thank VShelia
Raymore, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This hike is easy but the gravel bed wears you out fast. The gravel gives way underfoot and this is like walking in sand there and back. We did the trail to the Grotto and it took us every bit of 4 hours (round trip) and we were making time on the way back to bet the gate closing. To... More 

Thank AruoraKode
Dallas, TX
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26 reviews
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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 

2 Thank SusanandScott
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 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 

3 Thank Pauak
Columbia, South Carolina
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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 

3 Thank Ted H
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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 

Thank Randall S
Taichung, Taiwan
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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 

1 Thank RachL88
Houston, Texas
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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 

2 Thank J B

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