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

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very pretty and shaded

The hike is open to the sun and NO shade until you get to the oasis, then shade and wildlife and its very pretty.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Dustin W
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Kettle Falls, Washington, United States
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Kettle Falls, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hike is open to the sun and NO shade until you get to the oasis, then shade and wildlife and its very pretty.

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Richardson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I see Guadalupe Mountains as a great place to get away. You're in the desert, but then there are these cool things that you wouldn't expect. Smith Spring is a great example of this. It's not that interesting of a hike until you get to the spring itself. You can see it from far away because there's a dark green... More 

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Byhalia, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike which requires hat, sunscreen, and sturdy walking shoes. The trail starts paved, but becomes rocky and narrow past Manzanita Spring (about a 10 minute walk). We chose to go right at the junction. The trail goes into a dry wash before ascending the far bank and continuing across the desert which was blooming in early... More 

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Thank Evelyn C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

This hike was great because at the top of the hike you get to see the excellent view of the spring and how neat it looks. There is a bit of a climb but not much. It was a pretty easy hike for me. I saw a bunch of wildlife..birds, mule deer and javelina. Loved it. Be sure to check... More 

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1 Thank Allison C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful spring oasis, and the hike provides many great views along with a lot of Chihuahuan Desert fauna and Geology. Back country permit is $5 per person.

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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This was a pretty hike through varying terrain. There is some climbing over rocks, with fairly large step downs and step ups. Hiking poles are helpful to ensure balance. Our group included people in their 60s who had never hiked and they did fine, though they were scared at a few points. Lovely little grotto at the spring. A good... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My husband & I only had a couple of hours to stretch our legs & fit in a nice walk, on our journey West. At the main visitor center the ranger suggested the Smith Spring Trail, a 2.3 mile walk, incorporating an actual shaded spring where we could rest for a little while, Firstly, we enjoyed an introductory slide show... More 

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Ackerly, Texas
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 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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Thank Dalpokes
Austin, Texas
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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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