Aztec Cave Trail [CLOSED]

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Franklin Mountains State Park

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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 419 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

views

closed

no shade

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. 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
9 minutes ago

The trail itself is not too steep except for the very last part. However it is very rocky all the way. Some parts are kinda slippery due to the loose gravel. My 3 y/o walked the whole thing up and down.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Quick and easy.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Two 60’s and over grandparents did this trail with our kids and 3 grandkids. The grandkids loved it. A bit hard at times for our short legged family but well worth the effort to see the cool cave. Made some fun memories

hiking
2 months ago

First quarter mile pretty easy, loose rocks closer to the cave and steeper. A lot of people on the trail along with a few pups! Great trail for early morning. Suggestion wear a cap and hiking boots!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Rocky in areas. Careful with the dog poop!

hiking
fee
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Good trail. Extremely rocky. No toddler (4 year old) friendly but she still loved it

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Fun trail steep when you get towards the top but worth to see the caves. My 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter were able to do it. It is dog friendly so watch out for poop

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Loose gravel but definitely worth the views.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Its a good trail. Beautiful view. Though lots of people. I wish someone had mentioned that its 5 bucks a person though.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Definitely more than a moderate experience for me. Strenuous uphill, then pretty precarious when you descend. The top is worth the effort, though.

hiking
fee
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Really nice hike. There's a lot of loose gravel, but it's not a difficult hike. (Two kids and a dog handled it just fine). It was crowded, but we were there on a federal holiday during perfect weather.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
fee
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is an enjoyable, short hike. The only down side is how slippery the trail gets on the way down due to the dirt.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, established trail to the caves. There is some graffiti, but not as much as expected. The trail can be tough for beginners, but take your time and bring the kids.

hiking
4 months ago

We had a pleasant hike to the top of N Franklin, once we passed the graffiti. Thankfully, there wasn’t much trash and the Peak was a quick enough hike. Bikers on the 2nd part were easy to avoid and we were able to avoid being in the racers way.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great climb- short, but totally worth the stop for the views!

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