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McKittrick Canyon

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Located in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, McKittrick Canyon boasts foliage colors that contrast dramatically in the arid Chihuahuan desert. See dusty greens and brightly colored prickly pear blooms against steep canyon walls and blue skies.


Find more than 80 miles of trails that spread through woodland canyons and lush springs, or zigzag up switchbacks directly into the rugged wilderness—either way, McKittrick Canyon is a hiker's utopia.

Or if you love horseback riding, bring your stock and head out on one of the designated trails are available.

This park is a place where you can learn about Permian Age geology, enjoy bird watching, and observe plenty of wildlife.

If you've got an eye for beauty, delve into photography, or simply kick back under a night sky and stargaze.

If you make it by fall, you'll have the chance to see the changing of the leaves and see first-hand the breathtaking colors of the canyon.

Hours of Operation:

  • Open daily
    • 8 a.m.–6 p.m., April–October (MDT)
    • 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., November–March (MST)
    • *Please exit McKittrick Canyon before the posted closing time.
  • Cost:
    • Adults 16 & older: $5
    • *Fee is good for 7 days.

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