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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail

EASY 25 reviews

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, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.6 miles
22 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


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.

1 month ago

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.

8 months ago

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

It's an easy and beautiful trail!

Friday, December 22, 2017

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

Monday, October 23, 2017

Nice place for a short walk. Interesting museums.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Very short easy trail with some pretty views

Monday, September 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.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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

trail running
Monday, September 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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great hiking trails very easy for families, well kept.

Sunday, April 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!

Wednesday, February 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.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Great short walk to take after visiting the Archaeology Museum.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Trail is closed down.

nature trips
Sunday, March 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.

Sunday, September 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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11 months ago

Thursday, December 28, 2017

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