|McKittrick Canyon in late September |
by Jim Mackey of Houston
|Fall color by Jim Mackey|
McKittrick's history: "McKittrick Canyon is thought to be named after one of the first settlers to stay in the area, Felix McKittrick, who worked cattle in the area in the 1870’s. Distinguished oilman and geologist Wallace Pratt was taken by the beauty and geology of McKittrick Canyon, when he first visited the area in 1921. He built a cabin of local stone in 1930, at the junction of north and south McKittrick Canyons, and used it as a summer home until 1960. Wallace E. Pratt donated nearly 6,000 acres, which included McKittrick Canyon, to the National Park Service, forming the core of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park."
Click here to read more about McKittrick Canyon!
The peak of color is usually late October through early November; plan to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park soon! Thanks for the photos, Jim!
Upcoming guided hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, here! (Including hikes THIS weekend!)