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El Paso Tin Mines Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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 6.6 mi Elevation gain 1,023 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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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 the only tin mines ever in the USA. From the trailhead, climb to the top of the concrete dam. Turn south (left) on the dam and follow the trail right to the bottom of the dam. Turn north and follow the trail 0.15 miles north until you see a gate directly to your left. Turn west (left), proceed past the gate, pick up the jeep road curving north-west, and follow this road all the way to the junction at 2.75 miles. From the junction, turn south (left) for the south mne and smelter. (Follow the narrow trail west past the mine for the entrance.) Proceed straight ahead and curve north to the north mine. (Follow stairs down below the mine for the lower entrance.) Bring a flashlight.

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

From the Junction of Loop 375 (Trans Mountain Road) and U.S. Hwy 54 (Patriot Freeway) go north 1.65 miles to the junction of Farm Road 3255 (War Hwy). Turn left on 3255 and go north 0.5 miles to Jon Cunningham. Turn left on Jon Cunningham and go to Chuck Heinrich park at the end of the road. Park in the lot. The hike starts at the posts.

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Cendi Gomez
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HikingGreat!

Totally worth the hike!! Great experience. I love that it kicks your butt just enough to get a good workout plus the view is amazing.

Daniela Castillo
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Hiking

Not worth the hike

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Christopher Yogi
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Hiking

Although this is an easy trail, it is a long trail for beginners. The majority of it is a walk until you get to the Tin Mines. I highly suggest that each person brings at least 1.5L of water, especially if you're hiking in El Paso summer heat.

Luis Villarreal
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Lisa Widmer
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HikingGreat!

Windy cooler morning to enjoy some hiking.

Travis Blaisdell
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Lisa Widmer
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Great day to be out. So its three miles to the Tin Mines straight. You will turn right at the Mundys Gap sign and stay to the left. Its overgrown so the trail is super easy to miss. Look for a dirt path that goes up on the side of the arroyo, then take it. If you are walking in the large rocks and it became difficult all the sudden, you went too far. We missed the trail today, and I've done this hike at least 20 times. or just copy my map and you will find it. Water is necessary, for everyone hiking this trail. Don't test the weather right now. Be safe and have fun.

Arnoldo Gomez
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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail. Challenging in Heat. Bring plenty of water and be careful with footing. Get out and hike!

Joe Barraza
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my review is mainly for begginers!! this trail is not that easy. please be sure and bring plenty of water I cannot stress that enough. if you go early before the sun is beating down at least 2 liters per person if you go after 9am which I do not recommended during El paso summer weather take more 3 liters you'll burn through them trust me. if your taking kids don't go through the old tin mine road it's rocky, slippery and mainly an up hill. again unless you and your kids are pros, disregard my review and do your thing. I recommend you take the trail farthest to the right when you enter, it's the trail the bikers use this trail has landmarks and you'll always know what trail is up ahead vs getting lost on the other trail, you will get lost on the other trail!! it's rocky trail also uphill but not hardcore just rocky. from the entrance to the tin mines it's about 3 miles or so. total about 3 hours up and down includes time hanging in the mines. It's a great trail but by no means easy as it's shows on the app. Even finding the entrance once you get to the mines is tough, it's hidden and can take forever to find if it's your first time. Enjoy be safe, don't forget your water.

Arturo Anaya
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Hiking

Great hike. I did it in 2 hours, 6 miles, to the mines and back to entrance :)

Eunice Pina
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Hiking

This lead me to a dead end. Luckily you can see the mines from the top and I found my way. Just keep an eye out. Other than that it was a fun trail.

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Edith Munoz
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Hiking

Took almost 4 hours to complete .

Danielle Healy
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky

Good fun long trail for hiking. If it’s 90+ degrees outside make sure you take at least 2 liters of water or more and take the inclines slow and steady. DO NOT TAKE LITTLE KIDS ON THIS TRAIL.

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DONNA MARTINEZ
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Hiking

Great experience for our first time hiking in EL Paso . Kids enjoyed it to the fullest !!!

Erica Broadbent
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Hiking

Way more fun than I expected! The mines go quite a ways and I could hear some bats. Definitely a great adventure with friends!

Jessica Dziondziak
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Trail is well marked and the mines are pretty interesting to explore. You can go inside them but be sure to bring a flashlight, not just the one on your phone. Those mines are far too dark for a phone light.

drhunt2007 .
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Patricia Rall
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Typical El Paso trail, go early before the sun gets too hot. Good for rucking.

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Paige Hoyle
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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