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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.

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Perfect picnic spot...

After hiking to the top of Guadalupe Peak, this hike was relaxing and easy. We stopped and enjoyed the front porch of the Pratt Cabin. There are wonderful rockers there to sit... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sherry P
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West Linn, Oregon
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West Linn, Oregon
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275 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After hiking to the top of Guadalupe Peak, this hike was relaxing and easy. We stopped and enjoyed the front porch of the Pratt Cabin. There are wonderful rockers there to sit back and take in the historical premises. If you are so inclined, there is a picnic table as well. We then hiked onto the Grotto & Hunter Line... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After hiking Devil's Hall and Guadalupe Peak in the days before, this trail was just what we needed. The trail is easy to negotiate and well maintained. There are several parts where you cross the riverbed and pick up the trail on the other side. One of the crossing had significant water running but there were flat rocks placed in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Entrance fee for the Guadalupe Mountains NP is $5 (well worth the money). The McKittrick Canyon area is open 8am - 6pm in the summer. From the trailhead, it's 2.4 mi/3.9 km to the Pratt Cabin, 3.5 mi/5.6 km to the Grotto, 4.5 mi/7.2 km to the Notch, 7.6 mi/12.2 km to the campground. The trail is relatively flat from... More 

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Plymouth, MN
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46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Carlsbad Caverns was the real destination but we spent more time in the Guadalupe Park and this trail is a jewel. The thought of someone building a stone home in this canyon years ago is daunting. The arid landscape grew on us during our 2 month stay in Las Cruces.

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Thank Tom C
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I felt like this hike allowed a good overview of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It took me, at 62 and in pretty good shape, most of the afternoon. The temperatures changed a lot during the hike, so I was glad that I had layered clothing and had taken water and a snack. There were beautiful views all along the way,... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

While it is a long drive to get to the Texas / New Mexico, it is all worth it when you hike this place. So many beautiful views and we experienced several weather changes during our hike. It started sunny, had numerous gusts over 30 miles / hour and it showered on us in the area where the path starts... More 

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2 Thank surfinbird81
Odessa, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

This is an excellent hike--the scenery is beautiful and the trail is great. It's awesome to descend from the rim of the canyon and make your way down into the canyon. The landscape changes, but everything stays stunningly beautiful. The hike itself is not difficult at all--the trail is well-maintained and I would consider it moderate in difficulty.

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1 Thank beckytkm
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is an interesting hike along a well-marked trail. You hike in the canyon along a spring-fed stream. The walnut, Texas madrone, and sugar maple trees along with Douglas fir and ponderosa pine make for an amazing display of red, orange, rust yellow and green Fall colors. You will enjoy seeing Pratt cabin, the grotto,and Hunter Cabin along the trail.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

I had hiked McKittrick about 30 years ago and I remember there being very few people at that time. However, this time it was a very crowded area and just one person after another both coming and going. The number of people kind of detracted from the overall experience of being outside and enjoying the natural world. There were so... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We drove the road just before sunset and encountered lots of wildlife and a lovely and gradually deepening evening. Regards, OldeBear

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