Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Smith Spring Trail

Latitude, Longitude: 31.914530, -104.802400

You may follow this loop trail in either direction, but please sign in at the trailhead, and pay your entrance fee before beginning your hike. A trail guide is available for this walk. The trail is rated moderate, with a round-trip distance of 2.3 miles. Allow one to two hours.
Look for lizards, mule deer, javelinas, and elk as you walk this loop trail to the shady oasis of Smith Spring. Here, nature weaves a tapestry of life with green and silver threads. Rainfall and snowmelt from the higher elevations flows through a series of cracks in the limestone beds to emerge near the base of the eastern escarpment, forming a shallow creek lined with ferns and sedges, and watering a grove of trees including maples, choke cherry, chinkapin oaks, Texas madrones and ponderosa pines. Take a break here and look for birds such as Cooper's hawks, sapsuckers, and hummingbirds as you enjoy the water that splashes around the rocks creating this incredible desert paradise.