Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail [CLOSED]

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Franklin Mountains State Park

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Please note: part of the trail is CLOSED due too archery target practice. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Hike a high-desert meadow with the beautiful Franklin Mountains as a backdrop. The hike is through a High-Desert Meadow. In the spring, poppies sometimes bloom. Although the trail is listed as a 1/2 mile loop. there are several trails splitting off the loop, and 2 or 3 hours could easily be spent wandering around and looking at the plants.

walking
2 months ago

Really cute trail. The mountains and yellow poppies set up a gorgeous background. Perfect for small kids and there's even two museums nearby. The only thing that made it a 4 star instead of a 5 was the "land mine explosives" precaution signs everywhere. Why are there land mines nearby? That was odd.

hiking
3 months ago

Recommend this trail too beginners and children, part of the trail closed due too archery target practice.

walking
7 months ago

Nice, easy walking path. Near the highway and two museums.

hiking
7 months ago

the 97 big white signs that say unexploded ordinance kind of takes away from the experience

Tue Apr 09 2019

Great place to start. Great scenery

hiking
Sun Feb 03 2019

Super small but took my 4yr old and 2 yr old and they loved it! Great trail for just getting them outside and enjoying nature.

walking
Sun Jul 15 2018

my kids loved it, short but gets you pumped. My 2 year old never left trail, very nice guided. definitely be back and take advantage of museums

Sun Feb 18 2018

It's an easy and beautiful trail!

hiking
Fri Dec 22 2017

Easy walk through some nice landscape. Especially nice when the poppies are in bloom.

Mon Oct 23 2017

Nice place for a short walk. Interesting museums.

Tue Sep 26 2017

Very short easy trail with some pretty views

hiking
Mon Sep 11 2017

Great, easy trail for a spontaneous walk with family or pets. I'd recommend going in the spring to get a good view of the yellow poppies. After you're done, stop in and visit the border patrol and the archaeology museums.

Wed Sep 06 2017

good for a very short walk, with small kids or dogs.

running
Mon Sep 04 2017

Went after sun rise. Saw a woodpecker, rabbits, and a tarantula in the natural areas. It's easy to keep to the trails, which are mostly well labeled and maintained. First loop is .6 mi, but there are a couple inner loops/ connecting trails (not always well maintained) if you want to extend your run. Terrain is mostly even, which makes this trail good for dogs, especially those not used to hiking.

walking
Sun Apr 30 2017

Kid friendly!!!! Great little trail at the base of the mountains. Took 2 four year olds and they loved to be able to explore on the path. Perfect for a quick trip to get out of the house!

walking
Wed Feb 15 2017

The path is wide, lined with gravel, with native plant exhibits along the way. It's an educational, short walk that is quite enjoyable. Walking shoes are suitable for this trail. Incidentally, it leads to two museums, The National Border Patrol Museum and El Paso Museum of Archaeology. Both are interesting and free but do rely on donations or sales at the gift shops. Plan to walk the trail again in March when yellow poppies appear.

walking
Tue Dec 27 2016

Great short walk to take after visiting the Archaeology Museum.

Thu Jan 08 2015

Trail is closed down.

nature trips
Sun Mar 30 2014

A small nature walk to experience some of El Paso's desert wildlife and plants. Home to a large number of small lizards as well. A good place for children to see many different things in a short time, just be watchful of snakes.

hiking
Sun Sep 01 2013

Nice easy walk. Lots so beautiful scenery. Wildlife everywhere. Saw a rabbit, many birds, butterflies & even a rattlesnake ON THE TRAIL! This would be great to take visitors who wanted to see a little scenery & minimal physical exertion.

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