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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Get information before hiking McKittrick Canyon to get the most from your...

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Visitor Center and Nature Trail

The visitor center was unstaffed, but we really enjoyed the video that is available on demand. The gentleman who donated land for this park is featured and interviewed in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 January 2016
Ann G
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Very small, but lots of information for adults. Children would probably be bored because of all the written information.

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

The visitor center was unstaffed, but we really enjoyed the video that is available on demand. The gentleman who donated land for this park is featured and interviewed in the video, and it was enjoyable to hear his enthusiasm for the park. We chose the McKittrick Nature Trail as a shorter hike. It was listed as moderate, but the ranger... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

The center is small and operated by one person (that I saw). There are some large informational signs in the center telling you about some of the history and flora/fauna of the area. There are nice indoor flush toilets in the restrooms. The trail is a definite must to take. Wide open paths on mostly flat terrain.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

This, by far is one of the most beautiful hikes in the park (2nd to Guadalupe Peak). This hike starts out in the open and can get a little hot, but you are rewarded by numerous trees, a flowing creek, lots of cool shade, and beautiful views. The trail is very easy with almost zero elevation change. I've done this... More 

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Thank Tim E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

I enjoyed my trip to the McKittrick Canyon. The visitor center could benefit from having personnel there at least part time but overall I cant complain as the facility was clean and everything was in working order. The canyon itself was well worth the trip.

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Santa Teresa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

I went with several international students on this hike, was not too steep, took several pictures, cabins in the mountains. rivers flowing, butterflys following us around, a lot of pretty folage. seemed a long hike @ 2.3 miles up but was not hard at all.

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Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

There isn't much to this teeny tiny visitor's center at McKittrick Canyon. I think a previous reviewer who mentions animal exhibits mixed this visitor center up with the bigger visitor's center south of here. The McKittrick Canyon center has restrooms with running water, and a short informational film you can watch. That's pretty much it. There was not a ranger... More 

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Flint Hills, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

Took a nice 5 mile round trip hike up the McKittrick Canyon to visit the Pratt cabin built in the 1930's out of local material with an unusual stone roof. Did not go all the way up to the Grotto but sure it is nice as you are in the bottom of the canyon it the forest at this point.... More 

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Oceanside
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

Very informative, clean, good restrooms. The parking was nicely laid out and the road from the highway was newly stripped.

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Crestview, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Loved the rock collection. That's unusual for a national park. The animals were great. Matter of fact, we saw a coyote soon after leaving the center. Friendly and helpful people.

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