Aztec Cave Trail

MODERATE 245 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
419 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
6 days ago

Nice short hike, the last part is a little bit steep and slippery due to sand and loose gravel. I was going fast and it took me about 20mins to get up. The view is amazing and the caves are nice. Perfect for a quick hike.

hiking
14 days ago

This was an amazing hike. It gets a little difficult towards the top going up and back down but still so fun! Even our dogs loved it! Make sure to bring lots of water and go earlier in the day as it gets very hot very quickly. You can also camp on the designated areas along the trail! Definitely will be going back!

hiking
18 days ago

I loved this trail. A little steep near the cave but well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Can’t wait to do this trail again

hiking
2 months ago

pretty neat trail. a little diificult at the top due to loose material. disappointed that you can no longer see any pictographs. please don't let your dog poop in the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Took my dogs out to find some good hiking trails since moving from Colorado. This trail is a nice one, a bit steep towards the caves, but beautiful views once you get to the top. Dogs loved the caves as well.

hiking
2 months ago

This was our first hike moving here to El Paso and we thought it was a great start! Definitely gets a little harder near the top due to elevation but it’s short enough to still enjoy without getting too tired. Very popular during the afternoon but if you go in the morning it seems to be clear!

2 months ago

this is a beautiful place and the scenery (especially at the top) was amazing, but it was a little challenging with our smaller children. we made it to the top though!

3 months ago

Nice trail for novice hikers. I would be alert of falling or loose rocks, steep last quarter of the hike , just below the caves. Beautiful views once you make it up!

3 months ago

Nice easy and quick trail. Suitable for families. Last quarter is bit steep but nothing that was difficult. Good for a quick up and down if you're short on time.

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for families. But be careful at the top where it gets a little steep. Loose rocks make it tough with little kids. They loved the caves though.

4 months 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.

4 months ago

little difficult toward the end for the kiddos

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

For beginners is really gently, pretty!!

5 months ago

the path up to the mines make it a moderate trail

6 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Short hike but the cave is very nice.

hiking
6 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!

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

7 months ago

good hike

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Cave is awesome

hiking
7 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

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