Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Took my dogs on the trail. They loved it. No shade so they did get quite a bit thirsty. 10/10 would walk my dogs again.

hiking
30 days ago

Can’t wait to do this trail again

nature trips
1 month ago

My 7yr old loves this trail! Perfect for kids and the birdwatching is so cool!

hiking
1 month ago

pretty neat trail. a little diificult at the top due to loose material. disappointed that you can no longer see any pictographs. please don't let your dog poop in the trail.

It's so beautiful here!! love this trail

really fun trail to take the kids on.

hiking
1 month ago

Took my dogs out to find some good hiking trails since moving from Colorado. This trail is a nice one, a bit steep towards the caves, but beautiful views once you get to the top. Dogs loved the caves as well.

hiking
1 month ago

This was our first hike moving here to El Paso and we thought it was a great start! Definitely gets a little harder near the top due to elevation but it’s short enough to still enjoy without getting too tired. Very popular during the afternoon but if you go in the morning it seems to be clear!

Very easy to get off course. If you’re like us, you’ll take the first right which will eventually lead you into a gravel valley area. We went right up the crevasse (instead of out, like I believe was intended). We tracked it using the app and made our way back out to the normal trail but not before some rock climbing through mild vegetation. Either way, it was very cool and the views were great. Might be harder for small children due to the intense climb back up the hill at the end.

At the start of the trail, you turn right (left is Mundy trail), and from there on out you can choose either direction because they take you to the same place, the glider take off. Great for resting, eating, views, you name it. From then take the left trail (will merge with Mundy trail again) and follow the signs. It will all loop back to the beginning. One of my favorite hikes so far!

Nice easy walk with some cool bird watching right at the start. Great for all ages.

Loved the cottonwood spring. Perfect for a picnic! The area where the trees and the spring is are so gorgeous. Will be back again. Definitely take the Agave loop instead of the rocks

We are beginner hikers with four small children (ages 4, 3, 2 and 1). This trail was definitely difficult for us, but the view at the top was breathtaking and we made it to the end!

walking
2 months ago

Good trail to walk your pups and get some energy out

this is a beautiful place and the scenery (especially at the top) was amazing, but it was a little challenging with our smaller children. we made it to the top though!

It's an easy and beautiful trail!

Nice trail for novice hikers. I would be alert of falling or loose rocks, steep last quarter of the hike , just below the caves. Beautiful views once you make it up!

Very easy trail. Gradual incline throughout trail but nothing crazy. So neat to see the mines. Definitely a repeat trip.

hiking
2 months ago

A bit challenging if you are over 70 and recovering from a fractured femur. I don't think this would be suitable for children under 8.

Great hike. Not too hard, just longer than I’m used to. Look for the giant metal grate. That’s one of them, with the other one south of it. You could get by with your phone light, but I would recommend bringing a decent flashlight.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike and easy to get off trail. Ended up being close to 8 miles, due to wandering off the course.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail steady incline, easy to get off track. We took a different route back and missed the entrance initially. The giant grate looking thing is the entrance and if you walk down the wooden steps you will see the other entrance. Bring a good flashlight or you won't make it far.

hiking
2 months ago

Just beautiful and peaceful place. Well marked trail just be careful with all the loose rock but the views are amazing ...had an awesome birthday hike and lunch at the spring with my son.Can't wait to go back

My group parked at the trail head, proceeded up the main trail to the first junction. We followed the trail to the right. I believe they call that portion the Aguave loop, theres a hang glider launch area that is marked along the trail. The trail is easy enough to follow, after the launching area you'll begin another moderate incline, up slope will be to your right and as you round the mountain you'll see a very small canyon and you'll see a large tree and two very distinct rock out crops. Cottonwood Spring is tucked back in the vegatation. You'll find good photo opportunities in a tree shaded alcove in the rock a few feet up from the spring and those distinct rock out crops. My party took a water break here. From here you can make the ridge line very quickly, its more of a path than a trail, but it you're wanting to summit North Mount, I think its the most rewarding route.

Nice easy and quick trail. Suitable for families. Last quarter is bit steep but nothing that was difficult. Good for a quick up and down if you're short on time.

Great walk. Bring a flash light and the mine is low. You might need to scramble in a few spots

hiking
3 months ago

It was a tough trail for me as I haven’t been hiking in years, but it was worth it! I saw the faint petroglyph on the wall. Someone had scrawled their name over it but you can still see it! Just knowing an ancient people were there is amazing! Loved it.

Great hike, nice view. I loved the echo the caves made when we got to the top.

great hike. A little hard to find the trail at the start.

Fav trail so far

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