McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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McKittrick Canyon is a scenic canyon within the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas and Eddy County, New Mexico. The steep, towering walls of McKittrick Canyon protect a rich riparian oasis in the midst of the Chihuahuan Desert.

The majority of McKittrick Canyon is part of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, but is separated from the main park area and managed as a "day-use only" area with limited visitation hours. A large part of North McKittrick Canyon, though, is located in the Guadalupe Ranger District of Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico. Access to McKittrick Canyon is by a 4.2-mile (6.8-km) gated side road that leads to the mouth of McKittrick Canyon from U.S. Route 62/180. Here, the National Park Service maintains a parking area, restroom facilities, and visitor center, which is staffed most of the year by volunteers.

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  • Except for a little up and down at the dry creek crossings, this is a flat and easy hike, at least for the first 3.5 miles to the grotto. Great picnic area at the grotto in a protected and lush...  more »
  • Hiking in August is not necessarily recommended, but if you have plenty of water, it is a great hike. Trail to the Pratt cabin is relatively easy, and the all-stone cabin itself is a good resting...  more »
  • It was a very colorful scene in November. Not to hard of a hike. Long but not hard. Make sure you take good shoes! Nice getaway w nature
  • Awesome. Took 4hrs back and forth to The Grotto. Leafs were in the process of changing to those beautiful fall colors. It's a moderate hike, comfortable shoes recommended, lots of water, cap and sunscreen(summer). Best part, coming across the deer. 5dll fee, but if military free. Restrooms were impeccable. Snacks are definitely a must if going the whole way. Enjoy, have fun...

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