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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
Description: Getting to this scenic area is a popular day hike.

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This trail is recommended (more so in spring and summer) as a way to view a good deal of diversity within Guadalupe Mountains National Park in a minimal amount of time. Visitors... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Sean K
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Ackerly, Texas
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Ackerly, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This trail is recommended (more so in spring and summer) as a way to view a good deal of diversity within Guadalupe Mountains National Park in a minimal amount of time. Visitors to Smith Spring will walk past the Frijole Ranch House to reach the trail head, so it is easily worth 10 minutes to see the historical home, and... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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175 reviews 175 reviews
46 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My wife and I did this hike today. Temperature was about 90. We took plenty of water and food for a picnic at the Spring. Loved it! If the temps are high, be sure to take plenty of water. There is very little shade on the way up and back. But it was very cool and pretty, tranquil, too, at... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Easy hike. The Smith Springs are impressive only because they are in the middle of the desert. I went in counterclockwise direction. The way back was more scenic. There is a nice picnic area at the trail head. The water fountain was not working so make sure to bring water.

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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The trail is not paved, except for the small section leading up to Manzanita Spring. We thoroughly enjoyed the hike and the scenery. At one point we weren't quite sure we're on the right trail, as the signage is very limited, and we seemed to be going further and further into the mountains. But once we got to the little... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was a little oasis in the middle of the dessert, there were mule deers nearby and it was an easy hike. It might have taken 30 minutes to get to the spring.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Smith Springs was okay. You hike up into the treeline, and the spring is sort of hidden up the trail. It was a pleasant hike, but nothing special. On the way you pass Frijole Ranch, but it was closed...and looked like a modern shack house.

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Central Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I could argue with Mr. Pratt that not McKittrick Canyon but Smith Spring is the most beautiful spot in Texas. Although Smith Spring is just a small spot on the side of a hill, it is an oasis! Fresh water spring cascading down the hill with small pools where wildlife gathers. Lovely ferns and lush vegetation. The hike is uphill... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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83 reviews 83 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We are mid-sixties and in reasonably good but not great condition. We did this trail on a very windy day with temperatures in the middle 70's. It was moderately hard for us but not a problem to finish. There are vistas and Smith Spring near the highest point on the trail and where you loop back towards the beginning is... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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98 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

On 22APR2013, my good friend Chris Gafafer-Luthi, Melchnau-CH, was visiting and we motored from my home in El PasoTX-USA East on familiar & excellent biketouring route Montana Avenue/US62-180 some 150miles/240kms, intent upon hiking the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Mountain. However, by the time we arrived--late morning--we knew such an arduous hike would be difficult, if not foolish, so late... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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125 reviews 125 reviews
40 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Take this hike early in the day to get a chance at spotting wildlife and avoiding heat. The Spring at the mid-way point offers a cool place to enjoy the spanning view.

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