Thing to Do

Pratt Cabin

Volunteer speaks to a visitor seated on the porch of a stone cabin
On fall weekends volunteers staff the Pratt cabin to answer visitor questions.

NPS Photo

Enjoy the shortest distance into the heart of the canyon by hiking to Pratt Cabin and return (a distance of 4.8 miles). Along this walk you will cross the stream twice before arriving at the historic structure. Enjoy a snack or lunch at the picnic tables near or at Pratt Cabin, or sit for a spell on the porch. Volunteers staff Pratt Cabin on occasion; take a look inside the stone structure.

Distance: 4.8 miles (Round-Trip)
Time Estimate: 2-4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate due to length
Details
Pets disturb wildlife and are not allowed on trails. Your pets should remain at home as opportunities for pets are very limited in the park.
Accessibility Information

Trail surfaces are loose rock or hardened rock surfaces. Hiking or trekking poles are highly recommended. Trail widths vary from two to six feet depending on the trail. 

Parking

All trailhead areas have accessible parking available. 

Service animals 

Only service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities are allowed in the park and on trails.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

3D map image of the trails in McKittrick Canyon
3D map image of the trails in McKittrick Canyon
Map of the trails in McKittrick Canyon
Map of the trails in McKittrick Canyon
Mileage and elevation chart for trails in McKittrick Canyon
Mileage and elevation chart for trails in McKittrick Canyon

Last updated: April 21, 2021