Guadalupe NP

McKITTRICK CANYON (1)

On the way back to El Paso, the day after the interview, I stopped off at McKittrick Canyon, arriving there exactly at 8 AM when the gates opened, but because of a pending flight having only 2 hours at my disposal.

I walked in for 1 hour, taking time for pictures, then walked out without taking pictures. That got me back out in 20 minutes and I regretted not having gone a few minutes deeper into McKittrick. But once at the airport I realized I was just in time for my flight, so I was happy at my 'miscalculation.

My short foray into McKittrick Canyon is documented below. I have to go back and go in deeper. Next time. There will be a next time.  Likely many next times.

Here are some views of the canyon from the highway to El Paso (the first one was taken with a dark cloud covering the sun, the second a few miles and minutes later without the cloud):

Right at the start of the canyon, this perfectly shaped tree gives some shade to the trail:

Not far away stands a colossal yucca plant:

The creek-crossing is dry here:

Right after crossing this creek I came on a beautiful tree that turned out to be a Texas madrone with bark that peels off to allow the trunk to expand, and the trunk has a reddish color.  It is an evergreen, hardy, yet very hard to grow on purpose like in a garden (some creatures just do not want to be domesticated, even some trees!):

Turning around from this tree showed a canyon entrance still awaiting my footsteps:

I knew that around that next corner I would find more trees, and maybe even water since the sun would only shine in that protected area for a few hours each day.

Turning left with the trail and entering the canyon proper gave immediate rewards in terms of more vegetation and more variety in that vegetation.  Here is another madrone surrounded by a few yuccas:

Next, more madrones gave shade:

Oaks were mixed in with these madrones:

Time to move to the next page.

McKITTRICK CANYON (2)

DOG CANYON (1)

DOG CANYON (2)

DOG CANYON (3)

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