Aztec Cave Trail

MODERATE 204 reviews

Aztec Cave Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

views

no shade

From the trailhead, follow the trail up in a S-SE direction for 0.72 miles to arrive at the cave. There are benches for resting at several scenic overlooks along the trail. This is a good trail for kids and dogs.

hiking
3 hours 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.

4 hours ago

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

1 day ago

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

18 days ago

The trail was pretty busy on a Sunday afternoon. Probably better to go on a weekday. It’s a nice hike but there are a few spots with loose gravel so watch your step.

19 days ago

little difficult toward the end for the kiddos

19 days ago

It’s a very easy hike, but when you arrive to the cave it’s just beautiful.

hiking
28 days ago

Not a very difficult walk, a little steep at the end. Have hiked it several times with my dogs.

1 month ago

For beginners is really gently, pretty!!

1 month ago

the path up to the mines make it a moderate trail

2 months ago

Beautiful! Easy distance to caves, but pretty exerting and worth it! Some guys suggested I keep going beyond the caves for the best views, but this got very steep. Try if you dare!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice views with a decent climb. Good after brunch hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike but the cave is very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

This has easily been one of my most challenging hikes yet. If you aren't so well adapted to the elevation changes ( especially in such a short distance ) you'll definitely be winded. That doesn't mean it wasn't 100% worth it though! The view was amazing and the caves were a great destination to work towards.
Be sure to take trekking poles for the way back down. Some of the climbing required hands and feet at the very top and the large loose rocks were tricky. Be on the look out for wild life! We saw a wild tarantula and it was amazing!

3 months ago

a nice little kick of oxygen.if you aren't used to the altitude like me, take your time.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. Take water, there is no shade (one picnic spot 1/3 of the way) until you reach the caves. The uphill battle to get there can be weary.

3 months ago

good hike

3 months ago

It is actually a cathedral because it is taller then it is deep

3 months ago

Cave is awesome

hiking
3 months ago

It was fun, hard but a good start for people who never been hiking before. It’s short, nice scenic views, the cave was a nice edition, plenty of rest areas

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail for all levels

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