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McKittrick Canyon

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Popular fall hike, but enjoyable other times too

We did this in the fall, years ago. This year we stopped by on an April road trip and hiked to the... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Robert J
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Lake Jackson, United States
Wear good shoes for this one

This hike starts out nicely from the McKittrick Canyon visitor's center. The first three miles or... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Anderson A
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Conyers
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Scenic canyon with unique animal and plant life.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“pratt cabin” (30 reviews)
“fall colors” (10 reviews)
“mile hike” (7 reviews)
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

We did this in the fall, years ago. This year we stopped by on an April road trip and hiked to the grotto and back. The maples that make the trail so colorful in the fall were exhibiting spring green leaves about thumbsize. The hike...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This hike starts out nicely from the McKittrick Canyon visitor's center. The first three miles or so are not challenging and allow you to take in the beautiful canyon around you. Once you reach the Grotto the hike gets difficult. My feet ached for a...More

Thank Anderson A
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We visited this March and loved the hike ... more on that in a moment. Some reviewers griped about how hot it was, or how unimpressive the foliage was ... but in November it will not be in bloom! This place is well worth your...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

this is the easy one, but can be long if you go all the way to the grotto. the d cabins and lodge are pretty cool, never seen a house entirely made out of stone, including the roof.

Thank h s
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

We hiked the McKittrick Canyon Trail to the Pratt Cabin and then onto the Grotto for a total round-trip distance of almost 7 miles. This took us a total of 4.5 hours, which included a stop for our packed lunch. This hike was at a...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

I try to go to McKittrick as much as I can. Because of the leaves changing, and the hike up to the grotto. I would say if you finished hiking from the highest peak of Texas, and still want to hike without the torture this...More

Thank ayebush
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

This place has such a beautiful view of the mountains. We did the nature hike and the Permian trail. It's a must visit. There are restrooms as well as a little video to watch.

1  Thank Arch L
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Flat, well-groomed trail, but follows the canyon for several miles, and the best scenery starts almost two miles in. Given our time, and the fact that it started to rain (rare, but does happen), we had to turn around just at that point. We saw...More

Thank Rolliecole
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

We hiked this trail to get to Pratt Cabin. It was beautiful and interesting (lots of deciduous trees up the canyon and water in some of the river beds which juxtaposed with the desert we'd just come off of). We saw a couple deer and...More

1  Thank CopperLeah
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This hike is around 4.8 miles to Pratt Cabin which is a great spot to stop and take a break if it’s open and it’s another two miles round trip if you want to make it to the grotto. Both spots are neat and the...More

1  Thank Mike L
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Geronima1
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For the first 2 hours, you are in the canyon, a valley, very flat. Then the trail moves upward into the mountain range and the view gets great. Just do it!
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