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McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains

This view of McKittrick Canyon comes from the “the Notch,” a little place where you can peer into both sides of the canyon. To reach this point, the hike is about 5 miles. The first four miles are relatively easy and flat. The last mile finds the trail rising nearly 2000 vertical feet through a series of switchbacks. At almost 7,200 feet in elevation below, you can see South McKittrick Canyon on one side and North McKittrick Canyon on the other. In North McKittrick Canyon, a small stream winds its way out of the valley. Alongside the stream, ash, oak, and bigtooth maple trees grow along the wetter areas. In fall, usually in late October and early November, these trees bring the canyon alive with color.