Aztec Cave Trail

MODERATE 184 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

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
1 hour ago

4 days 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
5 days ago

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hiking
10 days ago

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

hiking
11 days ago

Short hike but the cave is very nice.

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hiking
16 days 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!

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1 month ago

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

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hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

good hike