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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  • We visited McKittrick Canyon in mid-October, and were there just as the fall color changes were starting; it would probably have been even more impressive a week or two later. We parked at the...  more »
  • As we entered the park Saturday about 10:30 a.m., we were advised by a ranger that the park was almost full and we might not have a place to park. Thankfully when we got to the parking, there were.....  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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