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 hiked the McKittrick Canyon Trail all the way to the Notch (10 mi. RT) midweek in early November. We were the first vehicle in the parking lot just after sunrise, and did not see another person... 
    We hiked the McKittrick Canyon Trail all the way to the Notch (10 mi. RT) midweek in early November. We were the first vehicle in the parking lot just after sunrise, and did not see another person...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • Like someone else said, really beautiful in Autumn. 😊
  • Beautiful place to hike!

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