Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Tom Mays Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked the old tin mine trail into the mountains and returned to starting spot via the cardiac hill trail. Nice easily marked trail. Round trip was about 5 miles.

hiking
8 days ago

Not very challenging but a nice hike through the scenery. I loved that they have trail maps at the parking area. I was able to pick my route while I was hiking, using the map. Had a lot of time left so I went to the Aztec Caves after, which are only a 7mile drive away. Nice area!

mountain biking
14 days ago

great trail for beginner's pretty tough incline going up so be ready for that but coming down is worth it almost didnt have to peddle and kept my hands close to the breaks haha had fun

hiking
15 days ago

This very nice trail, it is not to steep and although several sections are rocky, not difficult to walk. On the way up you have beautiful vistas of the Franklin Mountains, just in front of me the North Franklin Mountain and the Mammoth looked wonderful. On the way down I also enjoyed the beautiful vistas of the west side of El Paso and also part of the Juarez mountains. Instead of turning to the right at the end of the Lechuguilla Trail as shown on the map, I walked by the Grim Path and I reached the intersection with the Transmountain Road (Loop 375). Then on my way back, I turned to the left at the Luchuguilla Trailhead and followed the loop trail. This made my trip a bit longer but I completed the whole trail. This was a wonderful hike!

mountain biking
1 month ago

This trail definitely makes you work in spots. It’s beautiful, though. All the ocotillo and lechuguilla are in bloom and I saw hummingbirds. The ascent is tough, downhill is a blast!!!! BTW, the address is on Redd road there are signs and a trail sign which is a dog shape. There is a little gravel parking area.

mountain biking
2 months ago

great for beginner

I went for a run on this trail. it's was nice, however pretty rocky and hard to run on. I would recommend biking this trail. would be a fun easy ride.

Fun trail to go with kids and dogs, not too too exciting, but always a great local place to get outside!!

hiking
4 months ago

Fairly easy trail to hike. Have hiked it several times with my dogs. Nice views of the mountains.

Very nice hike in the Franklins. Not too difficult and nice scenery.

Nice trail with some very good views. I did not hike the whole trail, 11 miles is too much for me. The section that I did hike was not too hard and had some nice wildflowers.

easy hike, morning is better even in the fall the heat catches up.
great scenery. shared with bikers. lots of rocky spots.

a worthy trail, good scenery, nice and quiet.

mountain biking
8 months ago

This is a fun trail! It's a great fun fast trail not very technical but with the fun woo hoo factor!!!! however buyer beware, in my opinion there are really no truly easy trails in El Paso . you have to contend with the sun ,the wind ,sharp plants ,animals that want to kill you and did I mention baby heads? if you can ride here you can ride anywhere

I've done this several times, watch for dog poop everywhere. on weekends lots of bikers early in the morning.

one of best trails I loved good for starting people I recommended

Good trail, a lot of bike riders.

trail running
10 months ago

Cost 5 dollars but payment isn't until you already get on to the trail for a bit, great trail for running, moderate amount of traffic on Saturday mornings steady incline all the way up

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Fun trail that rolls through the foothills of the Franklin Mountains. Great mix of easy climbs and little descents. It is very busy though. I went on Easter Sunday 2017 and I saw at least 25 bikers/hikers on the trail system.

Video: https://youtu.be/Lr6oMT6VMX8

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

hiking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Be sure to wear hiking boots. Big, sharp rocks were frequent on this trail, which damaged my walking shoes. The path is narrow. Depending on the size of your dog, might be easier to use a long leash instead of a short one.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Nice easy flat trail, you will encounter mountain bikers frequently on this trail.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cardiac Hill is by far my favorite trail in the Franklin Mountains. I hike it several times each year.

Friday, September 30, 2016

In response to another review....yes there are a bunch of loose rocks...welcome to the desert! Yes I wish we had trails that were smooth with some Aspen trees but being in El Paso we adjust to what is available. This trail was not too bad. In fact it was my favorite trail to mountain bike so far in El Paso. Nice twists and turns. Only a few difficult areas where I had to walk my bike. But there were some nice, speedy areas.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

To get to the trailhead of this nice place, take US-54 on direction to Alamogordo. Exit on Kenworthy St. Turn to your left to the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Then, turn to your left on the Jon Cunningham Blvd. Straight ahead you will find a big city park where you can leave your car. To access the Franklin Mountains State Park, just climb the big water contention ditch and go left. When you reach the park entrance you will be in the Old Tin Mine Trail Road. Be alert because not very far from there you will see the sign for The Maze Trail. You will follow The Maze Trail that runs kind of parallel with the Old Tin Mine Road. In about 2.3 miles, this trail merge with the Cardiac Hill Trail. Follow the Cardiac Hill Trail to the right. Ahead you will find a junction on the trail. Go to your left. Keep going until you reach a dirt road. That road is the Blue Moon Road and it marks the end of your walk. You will see a sign for the Cardiac Hill Trail there. Time to go back by using the same trail until you reach the place where The Maze and the Cardiac Hill Trail meet. This time follow the Cardiac Hill Trail by going straight ahead. At the end of the trail you will reach the entrance of the park where your journey started. This is a moderate walk that uses two different trails in the middle of the beautiful desert near El Paso Texas. We need to mention that these trails are not shown on the map, but they are there, and are visited by bikers and hikers.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

great walk with the dogs!

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

To get to the beginning of this trail, once in the Franklin Mountains State Park, Tom Mays Unit, go to the end of the paved road. There is plenty of parking space there. You start your journey at the road behind the restroom building. You will go down and you will find the intersection to the Schaeffer Shuffle Trail. Continue on the main trail. Latter on, you will find another intersection that is the return from the Shuffle. Keep going until you find the third intersection to your right. Then, you are at the beginning of a big loop conformed by 5 smaller loops numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 with their respective shortcuts. You have to consider that the portion you already walked is part of Loop 1. Once in Loop 2 just follow the trail. The trail is mostly visible. Most of the maps that we have seen do not show the right hand part of Loop 6, but the trail is there. In fact the whole right hand part of the trail runs parallel to the Lower Sunset Trail and eventually will connect you to the Northern Pass Trail . Please be aware that the last part of the Loop 6 uses the arroyo as a trail. This trail features very nice desert views, plants, some small rocky canyons and a few wild flowers. With the coming rainy season, this trail will be in bloom very soon. This is a long trail but one advantage available is that you can cut your walk, at your convenience, by using the shortcuts.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

To get to this trail, take US-54 to Alamogordo. Exit on Kenworthy St. Turn left at the next light to take the Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn to your left again at the Jon Cunningham Blvd and go straight ahead until you reach the parking lot next to a city park. From there, you will see a big contention ditch that you have to climb, and if you go to your left, you will find the entrance of the Franklin Mountain State Park. You will follow the Old Tin Mine Road and in a half a mile you will find the beginning of the Lazy Cow Trail. This is an out and back easy trail in a flat desert terrain, full of creosota bushes, mezquites and lechuguillas.The trail will take you to some buildings inside the Bowen Ranch, where you kind find a good shade to rest. The round trip is around 7 miles and the elevation gain is not more than 150 Ft. You will share the trail with many bikers. Due to the previous mentioned characteristics, we wander why they named it The Lazy Cow Trail.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

easy trial but fun to ride

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