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“Step Back In Time”
Review of Pratt Cabin

Pratt Cabin
Reviewed April 1, 2018

This restored cabin is well with your time, as is the hike up McKittrick canyon. If you are lucky the cabin will be open and staffed by a knowledgable volunteer "docent." The cabin itself is very neat, but knowing the history about it is even better. This is a hike well worth taking!!

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Reviewed December 9, 2017

About 2.5 miles up McKittrick Canyon sits Pratt Cabin - a "vacation home" (and now part time visitors center) built by Wallace Pratt in the 1930s. There's a great video at the visitors center at the beginning of the trail about why Pratt built where he did (he thought it was the most beautiful spot in TX) and we loved both the history and the connection with nature we got from this spot.

We came during off season and there was no one manning the cabin (it was all locked up) but we enjoyed sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch and taking in the views that must have been similar to when the cabin was built. It was delightfully quiet and the only others we saw up there were birds and deer.

Truly, this spot was our favorite that we visited in the Park (and please note, while the hike was nice, it wasn't the hike we enjoyed so much as the destination). We'll do this hike again every time we're in the area AND are looking forward to coming later in the season, both to enjoy the solitude of off season AND the fall colors of maples and other deciduous trees in the desert of TX.

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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

This is a nice destination for anyone seeking an easy hike through the canyon. The trail is relatively flat with about 400 feet in elevation gain in the 2.4 (4.8 miles round trip) miles from the visitors center at McKittrick. The home is built of local stone and is a great place for a lunch break if you choose to carry a meal with you. Take water as it is a dry environment and you’ll want to stay hydrated as you take in the canyon on your hike.

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Reviewed April 22, 2016

By "Stone Cabin", I believe they are referring to Pratt Cabin which is a 2.4 mile hike up McKittrick Canyon from the trailhead. This is a fairly easy hike with a very wide and well defined hiking trail. It is a loose gravel trail for the most part, but if you do any hiking at all, you won't have a problem. The cabin was built in the early 1930's, is very remote, but beautiful. All stone, it also has a stone roof, the like of which I've never seen before. We really enjoyed our hike to Pratt Cabin and beyond to the Grotto. Watch for wildlife and beautiful flowers along the way. Highly recommended!

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