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Smith Spring

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Worth going out of our way a bit!

Traveling up to the Visitor Center is an attraction all by itself! Beautiful to see the mountains... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mammak61
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MA
A nice change from the other hikes in the park

Easy hike lets you learn a little about the first settlers in the area. Be sure to stop at the... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2018
Anderson A
,
Conyers
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Getting to this scenic area is a popular day hike.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good48%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“the loop” (6 reviews)
“an oasis” (4 reviews)
“easy hike” (6 reviews)
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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"the loop"
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"an oasis"
in 4 reviews
"easy hike"
in 6 reviews
"dusty trail"
in 2 reviews
"counter clockwise"
in 2 reviews
"counterclockwise direction"
in 2 reviews
"sturdy shoes"
in 2 reviews
"guadalupe mountains"
in 5 reviews
"frijoles"
in 2 reviews
"high desert"
in 2 reviews
"main visitor"
in 2 reviews
"chihuahuan desert"
in 2 reviews
"ranch house"
in 2 reviews
"guadalupe peak"
in 3 reviews
"national park"
in 2 reviews
"mckittrick canyon"
in 2 reviews
"manzanita"
in 11 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveling up to the Visitor Center is an attraction all by itself! Beautiful to see the mountains appear before you, and the vistas below are impressive, too! We decided to go on the Smith Spring Trail, which suited us well. It was a mix of...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Easy hike lets you learn a little about the first settlers in the area. Be sure to stop at the Frijole cultural center too. At about halfway you can see where the spring comes out and bubbles down to form a creek. There is a...More

Thank Anderson A
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Reviewed March 1, 2018

Nice fairly easy trail with a paved section. In the fall a lot of the snakeweeds are in bloom which gives the area a nice touch of color.

Thank sabimax
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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

The whole place was frost bitten. It's unique in its own way. We enjoyed our walk in the cold. We got some nice winter shots.

Thank Arch L
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

The very first half-mile to the spring in the meadow, is flat and paved -- sign says wheelchairs can make it. The next part, into the mountain to a gorgeous waterfall, is labeled "medium," and is well-deserved. It is narrow and moderately steep -- not...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

The trail is mostly desert and there is a small gulch along the way. I’ve only ever hiked it in the fall and there isn’t much in regards to fall colors. I hiked this after Guadalupe Peak once and was about to give up until...More

1  Thank Mike L
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Reviewed September 22, 2017

If you have a little extra time this hike is worth doing, but it really is nothing special. The walk is nice and easy and the spring is interesting, but that's about it.

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Reviewed September 11, 2017

My husband and I had a short visit to this National Park in mid-April in high heat. We hiked the Smith Spring trail, paved for the first 1000 feet or so and then gravel the rest of the way. It is pretty unshaded so it...More

Thank Molly K
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Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

Fairly easy hike to a pretty mountain stream in the "woods". Passed the large Manzanita spring first but couldn't get to it. Not much swimming/wading at Smith Spring.

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed May 8, 2017

A nice beginner's hike on an easy to follow trail. I hiked it counter-clockwise and was momentarily confused when I got to the springs and a sign pointed back to Frijole Ranch in the direction I just came from. I continued on and only noticed...More

Thank jane s
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