Day Hikes

A favorite hike for many visitors is through McKittrick Canyon to the Hunter Line Cabin.

During late October or early November, fall colors and cooler temperatures make for excellent hiking conditions.

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Trails

Over 80 miles of hiking trails offer easy nature walks through desert flora; more moderate hikes follow canyons and reach riparian oases, and strenuous all day hikes can take you into high country forest or to the "Top of Texas". Each is unique - the magic of Guadalupe Mountains National Park awaits you. More...

 
Devil's Hall

Devil's Hall Trail
The Devil's Hall Trail departs from the Pine Springs Trailhead and is 3.8 miles round-trip. After the first mile the trail enters a rocky wash which leads hikers to an impressive natural rock staircase leading to a "hallway" formed by steep canyon walls. Download the trail guide.

 
Smith Spring

Smith Spring Loop
The Smith Spring Trail is 2.3 miles (round-trip) and departs from the Frijole Ranch Trailhead. Watch the landscape change from desert scrub to riparian vegetation in this loop. Download the guide/map.

 
McKittrick Canyon Trail

McKittrick Canyon Trail
Hike through riparian vegetation and stream crossings to the historic Pratt Cabin or the scenic Grotto. McKittrick Canyon is a moderate hike that follows the bottom of the canyon and begins to climb after 3 miles, eventually connecting you to McKittrick Ridge. Download the guide/map.

 
Guadalupe Peak

Guadalupe Peak Trail
Climb to the "Top of Texas" with this 8.5 mile round-trip hike that climbs 3,000 feet and travels through a conifer forest to reach the top of Guadalupe Peak. The long climb is awarded with amazing views to the West and to the South. Make sure to allow 6-8 hours for the hike and be prepared with plenty of water, sun protection and food. Download the guide/map.

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