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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.

hiking
2 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.

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

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

off road driving
Monday, February 20, 2017

Not as smooth anymore (found old videos) but a very interesting drive out to a desolate ranch house. Beautiful rugged scenery. Saw deer, snakes, birds and stopped to photograph lots of unusual cacti. This trail can indeed be rough on paint. Cacti and everything scratchy seems to reach out onto the road and sometimes you just can't avoid it without risking a tire. Took a little over 3 hours round trip from Pine Springs.

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

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.

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.

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. *********

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.

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.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Great area. Many hike in the Guadelupe's

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.

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