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

backpacking
13 days ago

Extremely beautiful trail, worth the hike to the back country campsites. The view from the ridge is breath taking, but be prepared for a long, stead hike up hill. I loved this hike!!

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
2 months 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.

2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent trail. Did this one in late March. Quite windy at times especially on the exposed cliffs. Pack for all weather conditions. We got to the top at camped at Wilderness Ridge where it hailed on us quite a bit. Chilly, upper 20's at night.

Very underwhelming. Nothing really to write about. It was hot, dry and the trail has a lot of thorny plants to get your clothes ripped on. And what do you see for all the trouble? Nothing.

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

hiking
6 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

This time of year (early November) is probably why this is also know as the pretest place in Texas. Some of the best trail in the Guadalupe's

Also known as the prettiest place in Texas always a rewarding hike we make it a loop up the arroyo and back on the trail

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.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Although it was May when I walked this trail, the day was not too hot, and the wind refreshed me a lot. At this time of the year the dessert plants begin to bloom, and this made my trip more interesting. It was not easy to walk on this steep and rocky trail, but once at the top, the trail in the forest and the beautiful views helped me to forget those obstacles. A herd of 6 deer in the forest along with the beautiful dessert flowers was also part of the fascinating landscape. This was a long and somewhat difficult trail but also was a very nice experience.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Loved the signs along the trail.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

very interesting building at the Frojolie Ranch

Great hike with great views. There are a lot of people though.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

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

This is one of our favorites trails. We did it in the month of November 2014 and we had the opportunity of enjoy the beautiful maple leafs, several colors, red, yellow. There is a very little cave near the trail where you can see some stalactites, there are also benches were you can seat and enjoy the beautiful view. The arroyo invites you to soak your hands and face in the clear water, of course we did it, very fresh and agreeable experience. The trail is about 5 miles if you go just to the old lodge, but we went about a mile further. The Pratt Lodge Trail is only a part of the McKittrick Canyon Trail of 21 miles. On our way back we noticed that it was hailing, not hard not cold, and we continued walking as normal, we enjoyed it a lot. The mountains, the river, the maple trees, even the hail, everything was beautiful. You can visit this place with your family and you will have a great time.

hiking
Friday, February 26, 2016

This trail is just outside of the McKittirck Canyon Visitors Center. It lis a .8 mile loop through the desert scrub to get you acquainted with the plants of the area.

camping
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dog Canyon is a campground on the western side of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. You really want to go here to go here. It's about 100 miles from the visitors center by road. (less than 20 mi hiking) It has horse facilities if you bring your mount. There are no hookups.

hiking
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I suggest doing this in reverse. I started at McKittrick Canyon. Left my car at pine springs and hitched a ride to the canyon. First day was really hard but really rewarding. Biggest thing is you have to carry all your water so that initial climb was pretty brutal with the extra weight. That said, totally worth it as the approach to the canyon as opposed to walking away from it is breathtaking. Can be done as a one nighter or as a two nighter by staying at Tejas or Pine top.

Amazing. Varied. Rugged. Challenging. Alone. Magic.

hiking
Sunday, November 23, 2014

Very nice trail, rocky and difficult in some sections, but with beautiful views of the mountains and the McKittrick canyon. Once we were at the top, walked on the pine tree forest trail and stopped near the reef on the rocks contemplating the magnificent landscape, we said that it was worth the effort.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Was out there last weekend for the first time, fall colors were amazing. Wasn't very impressed driving up to the park/ trailhead. But, as soon as you start your hike you start seeing how beautiful it really is. Hidden treasure indeed! The further in you hike the nicer is gets. Definitely going back soon.

hiking
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Hike for west texas. It is an easy hike with minimal elevation gain....definitely go in the fall when the leaves and foliage are changing colors and you will be amazed!

hiking
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

This trail is part of the loop on the east side just past the ranch. Early settlers used the spring as a lifeline for survival and also recreation. Entering the pond is prohibited of course, since it's basically a historic site.

hiking
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The most interesting part of this small trail lies with it's history. There's not much left of the ruins but it's impressive and significant when considering that this particular area was a gateway for sending mail westward in earlier times.

hiking
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Starts at the Visitors Center and ends at the old Butterfield Stage Stop ruins. Quite interesting.

hiking
Monday, March 25, 2013

This trail in on the way to Smith Spring. I believe it was a rancher's pond before the park was there. Lots of birds

hiking
Sunday, July 08, 2012

I spent 2 days and would go back in a moments notice. I went during November and experienced a beautiful oasis of fall colors in an desolate area. The drive up to this national treasure has you questioning if you are going to see anything other rocks and sand. Below I have attached a video I did of my trip. enjoy

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