Explore the most popular Horseback Riding trails in Franklin Mountains State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
1 day ago

Very easy at the beginning, pretty flat. There were poppy flowers in some places. There isn’t shade and it is a bit of a long walk so make sure you’re prepared with plenty of water. When you get closer to the mines the trail is not as easy to find and gets steep. We ended up passing the entrance and only saw the metal grate...

Fun easy trail.

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rocky
16 days ago

Did it this past Sunday. Walked about 1 hour before it started going up. Last past of trail going towards mine is a bit sketchy to navigate but well worth it. My 13 year daughter made up to the top.

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no shade
16 days ago

great trail. 1st time doing it and loved it. Doing it again in the future. some areas with very loose rock.

Busy trail on a Saturday. Everyone was friendly and courteous. Lots of military hiking with mobility packs. walking the ridge lines avoids the many mountain bikes. Lots of gorgeous flowers today. Recommendation is to hike to the mines on one foot path and take a separate path back. Allow three hours.

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rocky
20 days ago

Good solid trail. Directions can be slightly confusing on which is the most direct way to the mines, but AT map is really helpful. Trail that goes directly to the mines from the one level down is hidden/disguised as it's a bif rock step.
Great for first timers as there are multiple and easy side trails and the last leg is great for those who don't mind a bit of a challenge.
Also a great beginning hike for dogs - make sure they have plenty of water!

hiking
21 days ago

The trail starts in a “wash” that is super rocky for the first mile or so. After that it becomes more compact. It’s easy to navigate. And the opening at the GAO has great views of El Paso.

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rocky
1 month ago

Nice trail! is short but you can do more then only get to the gap.

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rocky
1 month ago

Easy to follow many little trials that branch out off the main trail. Pretty and nice place for meditation

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail. Lots of beautiful views. There are some parts that are challenging,but it is worth it. If you keep going on this trail you can get to the tin mines, but it is a 5 mile hike just to get there.

Family friendly hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

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2 months ago

The main trail follows an old stagecoach road. Great views of both sides at the Gap.

hiking
3 months ago

great trail done it numerous times. live the caves, always fun.

surfing
3 months ago

This trail sucks. !! I feel sick now and my body hurts.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful views. Use caution when walking through the rocks and when coming back down. Pretty windy but with the right gear it’s ok. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
5 months ago

Great accessible El Paso trail. Nice view at the gap of both east and west. Several benches and lookouts along the way. Only downside is the scree rocks at first 1/3 mile. Use poles to save your ankles or take the first alternate trail to the right.

Great trail to hike, super easy just follow the map and have fun.

hiking
5 months ago

Avoid the first half mile of large loose rocks by taking Agave Trail to the right, right at the trailhead sign (it's not marked). It only adds a little distance but is oh so much better on footing. Then continue straight at the junction - this is marked, and follow Mundy's Gap trail. We ended up doing this by default, as we started out to hike Cottonwood Trail, but I'd had it with the large loose rocks by the junction. Did the ascent in just under 1 hour (we're late 50's), and the views at the Gap were so cool!

Pluses are trail is very convenient, easy, and pretty. Typical dessert hike. Negative is it is "owned" by mountain bikers, VERY many of them essentially "demanding" the right of way constantly. careening downhill at > 20 mph

Really easy on my knees. Scenic view and still in phone network range.

Great hike with my daughter n my 77 yr old friend with 2 dogs take water n snacks we went inside cave when we got to the mines, is rocky on some terrain

Fun hike! Lots of Deer if you go early.

Must of taken a wrong turn and ended up above the mines, made our way back down. So worth it! The mines were pretty cool to see, definitely going back with flashlights.

good hike last little bit is tough but it was worth it. I will be back with a flashlight to negotiate the actual mines

mountain biking
8 months ago

awesome views , lots of wildlife , challenging trail

great hike. but alil to long for my kids. but we still made it.

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