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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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From sun to shade to sun

A nice beginner's hike on an easy to follow trail. I hiked it counter-clockwise and was momentarily confused when I got to the springs and a sign pointed back to Frijole Ranch in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jane s
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice beginner's hike on an easy to follow trail. I hiked it counter-clockwise and was momentarily confused when I got to the springs and a sign pointed back to Frijole Ranch in the direction I just came from. I continued on and only noticed the "official" trailhead directly opposite the ranch house when I returned. Beautiful hiking through the... More 

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Thank jane s
Tampa, Florida
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk was serene and a nice introduction to New Mexico flora. The gullies were dry and that was a disappointment but we saw the spring. The frijoles ranch was closed but we saw the spring. The path was level and accessible for nearly anyone.

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Thank tshadday
Lafayette, Louisiana
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hike up to Smith Spring is a little tough when it is warm out. It is only about a mile up there, but it can be very hot out on the desert. It follows along a rugged canyon that is probably formed from the flow out of the spring. We went the normal counter-clockwise route. When we got to... More 

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Thank FrogSqueezer
Austin, Texas
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The counterclockwise hike can be hot with no shelter from the sun, then cooled by winds, then incredibly refreshing at the springs. And the vegetation changes with the proximity to water and amount of exposure to sun. I found it moderately challenging, especially the first half which is more uphill and sunny. But I'm glad I kept going, and the... More 

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Thank Anne B
Rochester, Michigan
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221 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Excellent hike for beginners looking to do get off the sidewalk and hit a trail. Heading to the right from the ranch get's you through the more challenging part and you are rewards with a rest at the spring. It's a really neat space back there and then the walk back is easy.

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1 Thank J N
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

There are two paths or a loop if you rather leading to this spring. We began at the Frijole ranch and followed the paved trail to Manzanita Spring, then continued up to Smith spring. It was a much shorter going down. If you want it to be a quick trip, take the trail on the far side of the parking... More 

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3 Thank Danette J
Odessa, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

This was a hike we did the day after we had hiked Guadalupe Peak and wanted something less strenuous. The Smith Spring Trail fit the bill perfectly. There are great views, but the hike itself is moderate, rather than strenuous. We started at the Frijole Ranch trailhead, and walked around the Frijole Ranch Museum for a few minutes before we... More 

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2 Thank beckytkm
Avon, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,587 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Smith Spring is an easy to moderate 2.3 mile (3.7k) loop trail that begins at the interesting Frijole Ranch which is a short drive north on Hwy 62/180 from the Park’s main visitor center and offers ample parking, picnic facilities and restrooms at the trailhead. As the trail is a desert trail, fully exposed to the sun, except for the... More 

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Conroe
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

This is a quick walk/hike (about 1.5 hours minimum) that takes you into a notch in the Guadalupe Mountains where a tree-shaded spring is pouring down through pools. It can be blazing hot under the sun getting to the spring, but once there I agree with other recent reviewers that it is definitely worth it.

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San Francisco, California
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240 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We were on a strict time crunch and we decided to stop here instead of the other many attractions around so when we started off the hike, we were getting discouraged as it was long and uneventful in the blazing heat. However, after what seemed like far too long (we are young and very athletic by the way) we came... More 

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