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Varied habitats make for good birding

The loop trail up to the tanque and back is a great way to learn about local birds. Our group had... read more

Reviewed May 4, 2018
Portland, Maine
Madera Canyon

This is a fairly easy hike through interesting country. Definitely worth a stop if you are driving... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2018
Racer X
Fort Davis, Texas
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed April 29, 2019 via mobile

We hiked this trail just this morning, mainly with the hope of seeing Montezuma Quail. No luck for us, but we did see many other birds and really enjoyed the beautiful easy hike. Slight elevation gain and downhill portion, but nothing too rough. Tons of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 30, 2018

This trail is fairly easy and there are good views of the canyon. It is near the McDonald Observatory. A nice trail and well maintained.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

The loop trail up to the tanque and back is a great way to learn about local birds. Our group had about 25 species during a two-hour hike. Lovely views in many directions.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a fairly easy hike through interesting country. Definitely worth a stop if you are driving along 166.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Racer X
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Better views to be had elsewhere, like in Davis Mountains State Park or almost anywhere in Big Bend National Park.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed January 17, 2017

Nice hike, not difficult. Trail goes into the canyon then up to the rim for some great views of the area.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank cbjrwebb
Reviewed December 1, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed hiking this moderately easy trail in the Davis mountains. About 2.5 miles round trip up onto a hill overlooking a dry creek and pond at one point. Very pleasant weather on Thanksgiving Day!

Date of experience: November 2016
Reviewed April 23, 2016

This 2.4 mile loop hike is well marked and easily accessible. While many sections of the trail are uneven and rocky, the grades are reasonable and the overall distance is modest. Parts of the trail overlook a wet-weather creek and you will pass one small...More

Date of experience: April 2016
3  Thank Mark M
Reviewed March 29, 2016

A moderately difficult, 2.5 mile hike, the trail offers views of Madera Canyon, Pine Peak, Mount Livermore (the highest peak in the Davis Mountains), Sawtooth Mountain and the whole of the upper watershed for Madera Creek. At one point, the trail drops down into Chico...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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