Smith Spring Trail (GMNP)

  • Along the Smith Spring Trail in Guadalupe National Park, Texas.


Dogs No

Bird Watching

2.3 (miles)



Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


Guadalupe Mountains

The Smith Spring Trail is an easy hiking trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park near El Paso, Texas. This hike is kid friendly, in fact it's a great choice for hikers with small children! This hike begins at the Frijole Ranch Trailhead. The park says "begin this hike at the trailhead sign. Look for birds, mule deer, and elk as you walk this loop trail to the shady oasis of Smith Spring. Take a break here and enjoy the gurgling sounds of the tiny waterfall before continuing around to sunny Manzanita Spring. Scars from wildland fires of 1990 and 1993 are evident along the trail. The trail is rated moderate, with a round-trip distance of 2.3 miles. Allow one to two hours." As with all trails in the Guadalupe Mountains, make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. There are two developed front country campgrounds in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the Pine Springs Campground and the Dog Canyon Campground.

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Entrance & Camping Fees, Backcountry Camping Free
Contact: Guadalupe Mountains National Park 400 Pine Canyon Drive Salt Flat, TX 79847

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hiking Trail Guide

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