Camp Wilderness Ridge

Whites City, New Mexico 88268

Camp Wilderness Ridge

Camp Wilderness Ridge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A spectacular overnight hike from the Texas desert into the New Mexico mountains.

The trail starts in the mouth of McKittrick Canyon at the Park Service information station. From there, the trail climbs up the north wall of the canyon and crosses into the Lincoln National Forest of New Mexico. McKittrick Canyon is famous for its permanent stream and fall display of bigtooth maples. Be sure to fill up water bottles at the information station because there is no water on the canyon rim.

From the information station, follow the signs for the Permian Reef Geology Trail, rather than those pointing up the canyon. Dogs are not allowed."

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Hiked this trail part of the way. I started in the Quadalupes off of FR 540. I had to stop at the NM/TX border, but the hike and the views are definitely worth the trip again. Keep your eyes open for wildlife. I saw three Barbary sheep on the rock ledges.

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Trail Information

Whites City
Nearby City
2,410 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
10 hours to overnight
Fall through spring; McKittrick Canyon gate is only open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (6 p.m. during daylight savings time
5,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,410 feet
Top Elevation
Camping, ATV/OHV
Additional Use
Lincoln National Forest, 5203 Buena Vista Dr., Carlsbad, NM 88220; (575) 885-4181
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated: Guadalupe Mountains National Park; Lincoln National Forest–Guadalupe District; El Paso Gap, Guadalupe Peak, and Independence Spring 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018