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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Getting to this scenic area is a popular day hike.

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A great place to get a break from the heat...

There are two paths or a loop if you rather leading to this spring. We began at the Frijole ranch and followed the paved trail to Manzanita Spring, then continued up to Smith... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
Danette J
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

There are two paths or a loop if you rather leading to this spring. We began at the Frijole ranch and followed the paved trail to Manzanita Spring, then continued up to Smith spring. It was a much shorter going down. If you want it to be a quick trip, take the trail on the far side of the parking... More 

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Odessa, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This was a hike we did the day after we had hiked Guadalupe Peak and wanted something less strenuous. The Smith Spring Trail fit the bill perfectly. There are great views, but the hike itself is moderate, rather than strenuous. We started at the Frijole Ranch trailhead, and walked around the Frijole Ranch Museum for a few minutes before we... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Smith Spring is an easy to moderate 2.3 mile (3.7k) loop trail that begins at the interesting Frijole Ranch which is a short drive north on Hwy 62/180 from the Park’s main visitor center and offers ample parking, picnic facilities and restrooms at the trailhead. As the trail is a desert trail, fully exposed to the sun, except for the... More 

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Conroe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This is a quick walk/hike (about 1.5 hours minimum) that takes you into a notch in the Guadalupe Mountains where a tree-shaded spring is pouring down through pools. It can be blazing hot under the sun getting to the spring, but once there I agree with other recent reviewers that it is definitely worth it.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We were on a strict time crunch and we decided to stop here instead of the other many attractions around so when we started off the hike, we were getting discouraged as it was long and uneventful in the blazing heat. However, after what seemed like far too long (we are young and very athletic by the way) we came... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We started out at the Frijole Ranch Trailhead and stopped in to visit the Frijole Ranch. Worth the short stop to see how this family lived so long ago. We hiked onward and upward to the Smith Spring. It was a lovely hike ( not too strenuous) and the bubbly springs and waterfall was well worth the journey. A beautiful... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Smith spring was a wonderful oasis in the desert. Could've sat by the water for a long time. The hike is generally easy. Tall grasses along part of the trail. Saw a small harmless snake. We loved this spring and recommend others to visit. Please keep your kids out of the water though. Witnessed a woman and her two boys... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We went on the wonderful 3 mile loop trail today. Fantastic views of the mountains and nipple hill. 1/2 way you will come to a wonderful surprise-smith springs. I wore shorts I. Would recommend pants if you don't like the long grass hitting your legs. Keep going the full loop the spring is worth it and the wind on your... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This trail has a stop by the Frijole Ranch home site. You can explore the small home of the Smith and Kincaid families. The trail goes by Manzanita Spring which was used a source of water for their live stock. As you head up hill there are agave, prickly pear, and scrub oak. When you get to Smith Spring which... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Nice quick hike through the desert. The spring is really beautiful and shaded. We were the only ones on the trail which was nice. To the poor reviewer, don't come to west Texas and complain about scrub brush. Lol

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