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East Cottonwood Spring Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 1,076 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

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Bird watching

Views

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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. Hike to East Cottonwood Spring over Mundys Gap Follow the main trail. At 0.58 miles there is a junction. Follow the main trail left. At 1.22 miles there is a wooden bridge. At 1.68 miles you arrive at Mundys Gap. Continue on the trail to the next junction for N. Franklin Peak or the Tin Mines. Follow the trail to the right about 100 yards, then leave the trail to the left - head south to the trees at East Cottonwood Spring.

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 first paved road going right. Follow the paved road to the parking lot at the top. The large wooden sign board is the trailhead.

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Lisa Widmer
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Went from Chuck Heinrich to Mundys gap and down.

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Anthony Hatfield
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Nice trail well marked all the way up. The first .5 miles is step an loose river rock, the last .5 miles down is also loose river rock. It is better to start trail early, if you do the first half is shaded.

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Omar Luna
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Jaime Campos
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Phil Morales
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View at the end very nice, but way too many large loose rocks on the trail to fully enjoy it. Take Mundy's Gap to the peak!

Dr F
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drhunt2007 .
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Good trail. Had to carry my 4 year old son most of the way. Good views of east side and west side El Paso. Not a fan of the large rocks that make up the path in some parts. Overall good trail for parent/child time. Be wary that you make have to carry your child back to your vehicle.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Not too hard of a trail. Good views and it is nice to see some trees.

Karla Salamanca
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The views are incredible!

Becky Rider
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A beautiful trail! Love to see the Cottonwood trees at the top of the mountain. Completely worth it!

Rex D.
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Julie Rose
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Jenn Belmares
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Kaylee Kristin
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Carlos Fierro
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Andoni Gonzalez
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Brent Zerbe
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Victoria Fortney
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Naiomi Landrón
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Stefan Zollner
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Johnathon Gause
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Cristian Johnson
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Paige Hoyle
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