This park is best explored over a period of 2 or 3 days, with at least 1 day devoted to the visitor center, historic attractions, and trails in the Pine Springs section, and another full day allotted to McKittrick Canyon. Those with additional time could then head over to the park's third section, Dog Canyon.
Those who have only 1 day can see quite a bit, but will need to decide on either Pine Springs or McKittrick Canyon. If it's fall and the colors are right, drive to the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Contact Station, look at the exhibits, and hike the McKittrick Canyon Trail to the historic Pratt Lodge. If it's not fall or if you don't care about fall colors, go directly to the Pine Springs Visitor Center, see the exhibits, and hike one of the trails -- the Guadalupe Peak Trail for the ambitious, or the Devil's Hall Trail for those who prefer less physical exertion.
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