Last Chance Canyon Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The story of how this canyon got its name is told so often that it just might contain a kernel of truth. Around 1881, a group of ranchers pursued Apache raiders into the Guadalupe Mountains and soon became lost amid the twisted canyons draining the southeast flank of the range.
After their canteens were empty, they rode from rim to rim, searching for water without finding a spring. With their horses almost spent, they spotted the limestone walls of yet another canyon—it was their last chance. According to the legend, the abundant springs they found there saved their lives, and they named the spot Last Chance Canyon."