There's a place--on of our favorite places, in fact--that's a respite from the heat and sun of the desert, and that's the Smith Spring trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Here's what the park's website says about the trail:
"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."
For more photos of this neat trail, visit our flickr slideshow.
For information about regional hiking opportunities, visit our hiking page! www.texasmountaintrail.com/hike