The McKittrick Canyon Nature Trail, which begins at the contact station, is a .09 mile loop, with interpretive signs along the way. This short trail offers students a hands-on opportunity to study fossil and read about Permian Age geology or learn about native Chihuahuan desert plants.
Geology groups may want to hike up the Permian Reef Geology Trail. This strenuous, 8.4 mile round-trip hike has 2,000' of elevation gain and generally takes 6-8 hours. The trail has outstanding views of McKittrick Canyon and is an interesting cross section of the Permian Reef.
The hike to Pratt Cabin is 4.8 miles round-trip and generally takes 3 to 4 hours. There are picnic tables near and at the cabin, but there are no restrooms in the canyon. Beyond Pratt Cabin, the hike to the Grotto is another mile. There are stone picnic tables at the Grotto.
The Frijole Ranch History Museum is located 1½ miles from the Headquarters Visitor Center. Here you will find several displays that focus on the history of the Guadalupe Mountains and the trailhead to the Smith Springs Trail.
Groups interested in geology may want to drive the Williams Ranch Road to view the rugged Western Escarpment.