Cottonwood Spring Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Cottonwood Spring Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

3.1 miles
787 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips

rock climbing



wild flowers



no dogs

1 month ago

You will most likely get lost, there’s a fork that takes you to this trial or to Mundy’s gap trail that eventually connects back. Just stay to the right, they all go the same way anyways

2 months ago

3 months ago

This route is a great, more scenic alternative to the trail to West Cottonwood marked on the park map. Can't wait to go back!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Nice easy trail leading to a small spring on the side of the mountain, The spring is shaded by some cottonwood trees and other small trees.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This trail is located inside the Tom Mays unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. It is an out-and-back moderated trail alternative to the original Mundy's Gap trail that branches to the spring. It is part of the Franklin Mountains Loop, but instead of going by Mundy's Gap, you return by the same hillside trail, many people use this trail to visit the Cottonwood Spring area. The trail is not shown on the maps. It starts at the same place of the Mundy's Gap, there is also a trailhead named West Cottonwood Trail at this point. You go to your right and in about 0.2 miles you will find the new trail to your left. At about 0.7 of a mile there is an intersection of two trails, take the trail to your right. You will be climbing up by the hillside of the mountain most of the time until you reach the canyon where you will see the Cottonwood Spring. There, you have to go down a little bit and then climb up to the spring. You will find the small spring with a few beautiful cottonwood trees that provide a very nice shadow. This is an ideal place to spend some time with the family because the elevation gain is less than 800 feet and the round trip is about 3 miles. The peak season for this place is in Summer.

Sunday, October 30, 2016