Despite its tiny size, only 2173 acres, Seminole Canyon is a choice park. It packs a lot of wallop into a small package including pictographs, rock shelters, deep limestone canyons, Chinese railroad camp ephemera from the 1800s, a superb interpretive center, and a convenient camping stopover on a hiker’s way to points farther west.
Whenever someone inquires about the best time to visit Seminole Canyon, I usually answer “after it rains.” The region is hot and dry despite the close proximity to the Rio Grande River, a shiny dung-colored ribbon in constant motion as if some invisible ladle were stirring blood into mercury. Bring plenty of water, even in winter months, to be sure that you make it to the final shade shelter with its view overlooking the river.
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