Permian Reef Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Permian Reef is one of the most spectacular trails in the park. Yet, it doesn't receive much use. Most people going to McKittrick Canyon to hike choose the flat route up the beautiful, forested canyon, and who can blame them when the alternative is a 2,000-foot climb to Wilderness Ridge? For somebody who wants more exercise, though, this trail may be just as rewarding— and definitely less crowded.
It can be a wonderful day-long hike or a great overnighter. If you're spending the night at the Wilderness Ridge Camp, be sure to get a permit at the visitor center before leaving. The trail does get heavy use from geology fans. In fact, the University of Texas- El Paso has a cooperative arrangement with the NPS to use the trail as an outdoor classroom."