El Paso Tin Mines Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Hike to the only tin mines ever in the USA. From the trailhead, climb to the top of the concrete dam. Turn south (left) on the dam and follow the trail right to the bottom of the dam. Turn north and follow the trail 0.15 miles north until you see a gate directly to your left. Turn west (left), proceed past the gate, pick up the jeep road curving north-west, and follow this road all the way to the junction at 2.75 miles. From the junction, turn south (left) for the south mne and smelter. (Follow the narrow trail west past the mine for the entrance.) Proceed straight ahead and curve north to the north mine. (Follow stairs down below the mine for the lower entrance.) Bring a flashlight.
If it has been quite some time that you have hiked then this trail will put you to the test. after, 4 trials i made it! And the view is breathtaking. Word of advice: if you taking your dog, make sure you have good booties with rubber padding. There are many points in the trail where its steep incline with slippery rocks. Their feet will get torn on the sharp rocks! Bring a Trekking Pole to help you at its peak before the entrance (high steps and slippery rock) do your research on trail starting and returning. trails can wash away or dnt seem obvious which was my case returning. so join a hiking group or bring a friend that has done this trail. i plan to create a hiking group on MeetUp. if interested in other hikes. have fun and be safe!
Nice 7 mile hike...took about 4 hours to complete. Take a flashlight if you plan on going inside the mine because it is pitched black!
this was my 1st time doing anything like this in almost 10 yrs. it sucked so bad walking up & back down but I loved it. awesome place. on to the next hike.
Very nice not too challenging good for running. Mines are fun make sure to take a flash light.
This trail is excellent to to do it with the family. We started at the Chuck Heinrich Park parking lot, went to the mines and returned by the same route. I think this is the best route (about 7 miles). Kids enjoyed a lot, the doors were open and we got inside the mines using hand lamps. Walking inside the mines was an awesome experience.
Great hike, fun exploring mines.
If you are using this route to get to the mines, it is wrong. The given end point is about 1.5 miles past the mines. I didn't see the mines until I was on my way back. When you get to the intersection to go to Mundys Gap, look northwest and you will see the mine enterance.
Long trailhead to get to a very small, but enjoyable destination. Dog friendly. You can come at the mines from Mundy's Gap or from the damn off of Chuck Heinrich park. Both take about the same amount of time with Mundy's Gap being the tougher of the two routes. Mines are neat but a little anticlimactic. Bring a good water supply and your camera.