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Beautiful fall colors!!

11/10/2018 we hiked Devils Hall and Smith Spring in the Guadalupe Mountains , both hikes are... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2018
Oscar A
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El Paso, Texas, United States
Great Alternative to Guadalupe Peak if Short on Time or Questionable Weather.

Storms were on the way so we chose Smith Spring trail and ranch area to check out. The volunteer... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2018
Ben P
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Curtice, Ohio
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Reviewed November 10, 2018

11/10/2018 we hiked Devils Hall and Smith Spring in the Guadalupe Mountains , both hikes are very nice , but since we were looking for the Fall colors, i think Smith Spring , right at the spring is outstanding the beauty of the place.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Oscar A
Reviewed July 28, 2018

Storms were on the way so we chose Smith Spring trail and ranch area to check out. The volunteer at the ranch was great to talk to and learn about the ranch and early settlers from. The trail is paved for a bit then heads...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ben P
Reviewed June 5, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Mary K
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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Anderson A
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.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank sabimax
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.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank archlav
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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Rolliecole
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

Date of experience: November 2017
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank parksvisitor
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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Molly K
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