Explore the most popular views trails near Carlsbad with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This hike was really cool. The park signs say it’s 4.2 miles and it took us 3 hours to complete it. You walk through a pretty rocky river bed but it’s not very difficult, just a lot of rock climbing. We saw some deer and lots of lizards along the way. I recommend this for people who want to see the mountains but don’t actually have time/want to climb them. We really enjoyed it! They view of the mountains is great along the way and the devils hall view is great too!

Ran/walked the trail to the grotto at high noon on a 100+ day. A pause at the Pratt cabin and the at the grotto was much needed, but the dip in the cool spring on the return trip truly saved us from combusting. The change in topography and views made this one of my favorite runs ever. Can’t wait to return to explore more of the park in cooler weather.

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18 days ago

Excellent trail hike for a day trip. Not so hard, but challenging. The wash was amazing. The views were great. I recommend this hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice walk next to and through the dry creek bed. It is pretty rocky and you aren't always on a trail. so it can be slow going at time. The end has some great views when you are down in the canyon and the staircase at the end is fun, it is somewhat steep, so just use your hands. Not many people on the trail at all.

hiking
18 days ago

Decent enough, not too much to see except for the vastness of the landscape, but there is some water and waterfalls in some shaded areas at the halfway point, otherwise you are in the sun most of the time.

This trail is perfect for those who want a more leisurely hike. It starts off with wide open spaces and an incredible view where you can “see forever.” We prefer to take the trail up the foothills to the left since it’s less of a strenuous climb. All the way up you will wonder at the variety of desert trees and plants. We traversed through at least 13 creeks. The surprise awaits in the grove of trees that are nestled against the mountain. In it you’ll find a stunning spring with small waterfalls, pools and bridges. The source of the spring is right there under a large boulder. It is especially beautiful in the fall when the trees turn orange, yellow, red, pink and purple. It’s like an enchanted forest! It’s one of my favorite trails!

My friend and I are both in our 50s. We hiked this in the fall. This is a very beautiful trail but I would consider it hard. We had incredible views and saw several maples that were in the prime color of the fall season. About half of the trail was on the creek beds and we climbed countless boulders which left us quite tired and sore. The “staircase” scared us a bit-the stairs were too narrow and slippery for us to get good traction so we climbed along the ledges on the cliff by the stairs. This trail is stunning but also a bit daring. At our slow pace it took us six hours.

Beautiful trail we awesome views. Also hike the Tejas trail to look down on Devil's Hall for a truly great site.

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

A great short-ish jaunt. You will see parts of the park not seen from peaks of El Capitan or Guadalupe. Worth it if you have a few hours to kill. Can be done much faster than avg hike time if needed

Most beautiful place yet. did this hike along with Smith Spring last year and cant wait to return.

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2 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It had a number of interesting views, before you get to the spectacular Devils Hall. Note: many of the rocks along the trail, particularly in the wash, are rather new rocks that afford you good traction. But be very careful getting overly confident with your foot placement, because a large number of the rocks have been there a long time and are as smooth as polished rock. This is especially true when you get to the ledge section of the river bed, before getting to the Devils Hall. There are lots of good hand holds and footholds at that section, but the rock surface has been worn smooth from all the times water has rushed down through it.

hiking
3 months ago

Went up and back Tejas Trail. Not too hard I would say moderate on hiking level. Some some mule and a small lizard. Great hike. 4-14-18.

hiking
3 months ago

Kristen and I were first on the trail after gates opened at 8 am. Lots of scat. When you get to canyon the trees are amazing. Some water although looks like this may have been more in the past. Loved the Pratt cabin and the hunter cabin. Magic place.

Loved this hike. Beautiful scenery and the Grotto is a nice rest area. Be aware, after the Grotto, the hike gets tougher-not hazardous, just tough. Most of the elevation gain starts then. If you're planning on camping at the site at the top, you'll need to take water, which makes the hike a bit tougher. We went in late October. After the Notch, only saw 2 people.

hiking
4 months ago

The views along the way are good. I went around sunset and it was really nice to see the sun setting along the mountains. The last half of the trail is very Rocky and unfriendly though and easy to get lost so keep your hiking boots ready.

Great trail no services, restrooms at trailhead but very good moderate hiking trail

This trail is an amazing contrast to the trek up the mountain. I went in November and the colors were outstanding.

Great views with wild life deer and aoudad

View was breathtaking ❤️

Excellent hike. Outstanding scenery and would rate as moderate.

hiking
5 months ago

Essentially flat walking along a river bed. Wind was howling through the canyon. scenery is spectacular.

on Devil's Hall Trail

5 months ago

It’s a pretty and pretty easy hike. The second half is follow the wash and make your own path. Just before the Hall there is a amphitheater like formation. Keep going just a bit longer.

hiking
6 months ago

Great long hike. The Tejas Trail is gorgeous and the switchbacks are exposed on the mountainside. Got slightly lost: when you take the Bush Trail, you want to veer towards the Pine-something campground, if you don’t, then you’ll end up somewhere back on the Tejas Trail. You do hike four little peaks before Bush, but the incline is not intense. Great long hike.

Just beautiful and so well maintained

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike!! Went up via Bear Canyon steep climb but well worth the effort!!! Saw a herd of Bighorns. The view at the peak is breathtaking. The views coming down were just as beautiful coming down via the Tejas trail. I have done Guadalupe Peak as well and I’d have to say that Hunter was just as challenging and the views were better!! We went in December and just be prepared for cold weather towards the top

hiking
6 months ago

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

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7 months ago

SO BEAUTIFUL, people said the trail was very over grown, they haven't been to slaughter canyon or the back end of guadalupe ridge trail, those are hard trails. This trail if you're in shape and hike an average of once every 4-6 weeks this trail is moderate and we managed to finish in 7 hours and that was with breaks and taking a lunch. So many great views and pics, if you're worried about safety we actually had some cell reception most of this hike which is unusual for this area. We saw lots of deer and we happened to have some really great over cast with slight breeze. We also saw a HUGE road runner, like probably successfully take out a jack russell if given the chance. You can't beat the views, when people were slightly unimpressed with this hike they clearly didn't spend anytime looking around or have no idea how to appreciate desert beauty.

Gorgeous red maples in the fall. First part of trail is really easy. Getting to the grotto a little more work but doable. Nice picnic spot.

hiking
7 months ago

Hard for old fat people like me but I did it. Very pretty climax

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