Anthony Gap Cave Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anthony, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Hike up a canyon to a hidden cave (call park office to arrange cave tour) Start up the trail headed south up the canyon. About 1/2 way up you will cross the TX state line. At the top of the trail, look for a trail to the left and continuing up hill. Follow the trail up. At every fork, choose the higher path. Look for the cave near the top. NOTE: At the cave, ranger contact is Texas Parks and Wildlife, Franklin Mountain State Park. (915) 566-6441
Short but challenging hike to a hidden cave that at times was difficult to track path. Going on a weekday will almost ensure you're the only one there if you like solitude. Be wary of the gun range on the other side of the ridge.
Very short hike although it is somewhat steep. The cave is pretty extensive, the opening can be entered and exited by most without climbing gear although I would not recommend it for anyone without at least a small amount of bouldering experience. Be prepared to get extremely dirty and extremely hot and sweaty. To get past the first hundred feet of the cave you will need to crawl on your belly. Once you pass the first crawling section the cave becomes extremely humid and hot(note I did this in winter). Also be aware that some belly crawl passages will not have space to turn around and will dead end, so be prepared to crawl out backwards. Definitely not for the claustrophobic.
great hike and cool cave. We only dared to go in about 20 feet - and we did bring a rope just for safety. Flashlights too. Four stars only because it was rather short, I prefer a little longer hikes. Definitely worth checking out. Saw a horned toad on the way back down.
Started this hike in the early evening and while it doesn't take long to get to the cave, the change in elevation is constant and could be challenging for those not accustomed to steep climbs at high altitudes. The trail splits near the Gap, stay to the left and up the south of the mountain. The cave itself is actually more like a vertical hole in the mountain face (as opposed to the other caves in the Franklin Mountains which are easily seen from a distance) Entrance is steep and you will need a headlight inside. It is also recommended to bring someone along with you if you plan on exploring.
This is a great hike you do have to be wary of those who might be shooting all in all lots of fun if you're gonna go in the cave make sure you have rope light and had protection you will be on your belly
Significant elevation gain for those of us who don't do this kind of thing regularly. Bring water. No shade on this hike mid day. Be careful of shooters at "the range". No backstop and they will be shooting towards the trail. I had to rough it back to stay out of their line of fire. Good hiking boots a must. Bring a rope and a friend to enter cave. Could prob scale it with some experience. From the saddle between the two highest peaks, hike up the left peak. Trail is obvious until you get to the ridgeline. Just past there look for small stacked rocks. Follow them almost straight up towards the peak to the cave. Entrance is higher up than you would think. Awesome views.