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McKittrick Canyon

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
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Owner description: Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.
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Ackerly, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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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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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 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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33 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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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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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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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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