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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.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 419 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Cave

Views

No shade

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Getting There

Advanced day pass reservations required; face coverings recommended; gathering of groups larger than five people are not allowed, except for families or people living in the same household; maintain six-foot social distancing. Visitors should check the Texas State Parks Alert Map regularly for the latest status of parks. 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.

Texas Parks and Wildlife, Franklin Mountain State Park. (915) 566-6441

From the junction of I-10 and Trans-Mountain road, go east on Trans-Mountain road 3.8 miles. Turn left at the park entrance. Stop and pay the park fee at the gate, or proceed to the ranger booth as the signs direct. Once past the ranger booth, proceed into the park and turn right at the third paved road going right. Follow the paved road to the parking lot at the top. The large wooden sign board is the trailhead. Aztec Cave is plainly visible on the mountainside.

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Victoria Rios
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HikingBugsFeeRocky

Great trail very short but incline makes up for it. Definitely a good workout but also very narrow so moving out of the way for other coming down is something you’ll have to do. Enjoyed it a lot! 10/10 recommend.

Ana Ramos
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Hiking

Great trail, we went at 8am right when the park opened, and caught shade in half the trail going up. Great for beginners, super clean and clear path.

Kayli Minear
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HikingBugsFeeNo shade

LOTS of loose gravel - if you have ankle problems avoid this trail. Lots of places to rest (some benches) as it gets steeper in the second half of the hike. $5 entry fee per person, reserve ahead of time. There were several groups when we went around 10 am to noon - a bit difficult to enforce social distancing. Overall a nice trail with exciting views at the top.

Crystal Davis
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HikingRocky

It will definitely get your heart rate up. Took my 17, 14, and 8 year old. Can be very slippery in places and the last part up to the caves is extremely steep. Bring lots of water. Took us about an hour both ways. We stopped several times to catch our breath, but had a great time! Wear hiking shoes and not tennis shoes like we did lol

Susie Ramirez
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HikingBugsRocky
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Gisela Lucero
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Hiking

Great trail. First time hiking and it was very enjoyable. Does get your heart rate up and has some rest places to sit and catch your breath. Wear hiking boots as it has a lot of gravel and steps to go up to the cave.

Joe Barraza
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HikingFeeNo shade

super awesome trail. very slippery as you get closer to the caves, nothing hardcore fun for all ages. wear hiking boots/shoes I don't recommend flip flops most of the trail is up hill.

Xan Rogers
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HikingOff trailRocky

if you dont hike often, this will get your heart rate up. I do not recommend tennis shoes, boots with heavy tread highly recommend. good hike, we also went passed the cave.

Vida Sanchez
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The entry fee is $5 per person you got to pay Online.

Miguelito Santos
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Hiking

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.

Vikash Patel
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Hiking

Great trail. Quick and easy.

Linda Brown
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HikingRockyScramble

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

David W
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Hiking

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!

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Jade Carbajal
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HikingRocky

Rocky in areas. Careful with the dog poop!

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Constance Bicksler
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky

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

Brittny Stephens
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HikingRocky

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

Yvonne Betancourt
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HikingRocky

Loose gravel but definitely worth the views.

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Anne marie Roberts
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HikingRocky

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

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Chella McLelland
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HikingRockyScramble

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

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