Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

McKittrick Canyon Nature Trail

Latitude, Longitude: 31.977790, -104.755190

Traveling clockwise, this fascinating, short trail passes an intermittent seep that lies hidden in junipers, then wanders up a southwest slope along an arroyo. Here, plants and animals tolerate true desert conditions. Trailside exhibits describe common plants, and reference wildland fire. At the top of the trail you can look down at the mouth of McKittrick Canyon and read about Permian Reef geology. As the trail continues down northeast slope you will probably recognize that less sun exposure makes this side a little more lush. The trail is .9 mile round trip, is rated moderate, but takes less than one hour to complete.