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.

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

Great trail myself, my pregnant wife and daughter got up fairly quick. Coming down was a bit sketchy but made it down safely!!!

on Tom Mays Nature Walk

26 days ago

Easy trail, great for kids

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.

A bit steep but worth it. Took my ten year old son and it took us an hour and sixteen minutes to complete. I would recommend hiking poles for the descent down. The description states 1..2 miles but the recording showed it was 2.2 miles.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it!!! It’s a lot of incline, lose rocks! I would recommend you take a hiking stick!

Easy trail. no shade. so the earlier the better

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike! I took my 10 year old along and he had no problem keeping up. When we got to the caves El Paso PD was there conducting extraction training. They took the time to explain what they were doing which my son loved. Shout out to our men and women in blue!

on Aztec Cave Trail

2 months ago

Great hike . Lots of rocks to slip on so be careful! Near the top is a little steep but the peace at the top of the caves is worth it !

hiking
3 months ago

It was moderate for 3/4 of the trail but the end near the caves is extremely steep. I could not make it to the top. My anxiety and vertigo became severe and after several panic attacks I sat on a boulder while my husband explored the caves. With the hazardous rock laden trail and its steepness, and my panic induced stops, it took a total of three hours.

This trail is moderate for experienced hikers and thrill seekers.

hiking
3 months ago

Took in the Tom Mays trail and the Upper Sunset Loop Trail and it was awesome. Getting in some quality exercise and the big plus is taking in nature. Wow.!

my kids loved it, short but gets you pumped. My 2 year old never left trail, very nice guided.
definitely be back and take advantage of museums

Beautiful view of the Sun rising when started early enough. A friend and I hiked this trail recently and the property owners have placed more trespassing signs. We came across someone working on the antennas but he didn't seem worried about us passing through. I can't say that they will not enforce the no trespassing message, I'm going avoid this one for a while. The route will need editing to keep people from getting in trouble.

Good hike but the rocky trail surface is annoying and provides for a precarious trip down!

hiking
3 months ago

Great quick hike! It's a bit challenging towards the top but the caves up there provide a cool respite :)

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

nice for the kids

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

Very nice trail, not too long not to steep, with wonderful views of the Franklin Mountains. You walk near a beautiful small canyon contemplating a nice landscape.

Great hike and pet friendly

steep at the end!!

love this trail

Really fun, want to do this one the other way around. perfect morning with a little overcast then finished up on lower Sunset trail.

windy day but nice overcast.

hiking
4 months ago

On the first page this is marked easy, once you click on it, it says moderate. the last bit up to the cave I would say is difficult, it is a great hike though.

Fun, fun, and more fun

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