Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is my favorite place on Texas! Best hike with an actual oasis!

Pretty uneventful. The trail was paved and there wasn't much to see. The spring is just a little pond basically. We were there in May and there was no wildflowers and we didn't really see any wildlife. I would say to use your time elsewhere in the National Park unless you are looking for something super short and quick.

hiking
1 month ago

All we had time for was this easy, paved .9 there & back trail. It takes you to the Butterfield Stage site. Liked the history. Scenery is good.

1 month ago

Nice easy trail to warm up on after a long drive. Not challenging, but very interesting to learn about the area and the history.

Have driven this beautiful highway several times. It is always a pleasure to see these mountains again. The scenery is always different depending of the time of the year.

This is really a very easy trial through some nice vegetation and good views of the surrounding mountains

Nice hike to the springs. Many wildflowers in the summer and nice views of the surrounding mountains.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice trail with many wildflowers in season and good views of the mountains.

hiking
5 months ago

Really like that trail, it is easy to walk, has very good views of the mountains and during the summer has an abundance of wildflowers. Have hiked this trail several times

Trail starts by Frijole Ranch buildings. Nice views of the surrounding flatter areas. Trail covered in loose rock. I met a couple of Javelina on the trail. I went mid November, but would not have enjoyed this in warm weather as the trail is mostly non shaded.

hiking
7 months ago

Shorter hike with year round pond and stream another gem of the Guadalupes

good hike for senior citizens. seems to longer than 2.5 miles. enjoyable in cool weather.

Paired with Devils hall. Loved the spring.

hiking
8 months ago

Had a great time, planned a group hike, four adults, four kiddos they loved seeing the water definitely a great trip!

hiking
9 months ago

The spring at the top is shady and cool

Starts at Frijole Ranch, follows a canyon for a good while through desert terrain and just when you think you've had enough, you walk into the Spring area. It's a beautiful oasis in the middle of a harsh desert-mountain climate.

Beautiful and amazing in every way! Had the whole trail to myself and just myself and a deer at the Spring for probably over an hour! A must do for Guadalupe Mountains, in my opinion.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My time at Guadalupe Mountains National park was very limited, so I chose this trail instead of the Peak hike. Sadly, I probably would have been better just taking a pass. The trail just isn't that interesting and the views are kinda meh. I chalked it up as a chance to stretch my legs after a long car ride.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The trail is okay. Definitely easy for those with limited mobility. What made the outing awesome is the ranch buildings and the incredibly knowledgeable park ranger. I took my son this spring, right after he turned 16, and we made a day of it at the park. Touring the buildings and talking with the park ranger made our day. We learned so much and I'm just sorry that I cannot remember the ranger's name.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Great little day hike up to a natural spring at the top. We did the loop counter clockwise which was a little steeper right before the springs but we'll worth it. Great picknic area to have lunch at the springs before you head back down

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Great, I'm a chub and I was able to complete it.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

very interesting building at the Frojolie Ranch

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Great low maintenance hike with great views. Go in the morning or late afternoon and look for the resident Mule Deer and Javelina in the meadows in between the trail loop.

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Great hike! Not too hard, well worth the hike.

trail running
Monday, November 21, 2016

Nice short loop that you can make challenging because the first mile is uphill with plenty of rocks. The red and yellow foliage at the creek are beautiful! There's even a little waterfall! Fun trail indeed.

on Smith Spring Trail

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

I would echo the other reviewers. Short and especially scenic at the springs. Also, the ranch house complex at the trailhead is worthwhile.

scenic driving
Saturday, October 08, 2016

We have driven by this beautiful area several times .We have visited the McKittrick Canyon and hiked by the trials in the Guadalupe Mountains also several times. One of this times was on Sep 2014, just during rainy season. The area looked as a big lake, is worth a visit.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Very well-preserved ranch at the end of this trail.

camping
Thursday, March 31, 2016

No reservations, if you go during a peak time and you are getting there later in the day expect to have to find somewhere else to stay, whether you hike to Pine Top Campground, which is around 4.2 miles away and you need to be prepared and have the gear to stay in a back country campground, or have a back up plan on where to stay locally. Guadalupe Peak trailhead and the trailheads to go back country hiking are all here. Water and bathrooms but no showers. No food available and no campfires allowed. ********ALSO, if you plan on coming to this park and doing and hiking other than the peak, the park does not sell a decent park map. Only a brochure of the one you can find on the NPS website, you need to bring your own map wth mileage and elevation if you plan on back country hiking. It is not necessary if you only plan to do the peak. *********

camping
Thursday, February 18, 2016

No hookups, no reservations, but a close place to stay if you're hiking in the park. Rv's can stay in numbered spaces in the paved parking lot.

camping
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Well maintained, nice sites. Very popular. Great hikes in area.

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