Now some trails

Naturally I see a lot more roads than trails since I have to drive a long way to find trails. This picture is of a very unexpected and beautiful trail.

This is the McKittrick Canyon Trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas. It’s a fairly easy hike and leads up to an old cabin. What was unexpected was the beautiful fall foliage on a fall day close to Thanksgiving. In places the trail was a riot of colors as there is a substantial diversity of plants. The stone pillar you see was probably the gate of that resort cabin which, IIRC, was a private resort until the area became a part of the National Park.

Now hiking is what you have to do to see this park as, unlike many other National Parks, there are no roads. So if you want to see anything, get your feet moving. I imagine in summertime plenty of water and sun protection are required but on this fall day the weather was beautiful, warm enough to sweat a little in the harder parts of the trail, but overall quite pleasant.

The National Park service can explain this park better than I can but my impression is that of a huge stone boat. From a distance on the road as you approach you see this imposing rock and as you get closer details emerge. IIRC the ranger at the Visitor Center recommended this trail (for relatively short day hike) and the Visitor Center is about all there is in National Park.

For us it was a wonderful park in between a great visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then to Big Bend National Park. You might think of this part of New Mexico and Texas as fairly desolate and definitely dry but it’s amazing how beautiful this area is. And, even though we were past the tourist season this area is sufficiently out-of-the-way to miss the mobs of the better known mountain parks. As I’ve spent more time in deserts (not my usual haunt) I’m amazed how interesting and beautiful they can be.

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About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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