El Paso Tin Mines Trail

EASY 200 reviews

El Paso Tin Mines Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,023 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

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.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

great trail done it numerous times. live the caves, always fun.

3 months ago

Great trail to hike, super easy just follow the map and have fun.

3 months ago

Pluses are trail is very convenient, easy, and pretty. Typical dessert hike. Negative is it is "owned" by mountain bikers, VERY many of them essentially "demanding" the right of way constantly. careening downhill at > 20 mph

4 months ago

Really easy on my knees. Scenic view and still in phone network range.

4 months ago

Great hike with my daughter n my 77 yr old friend with 2 dogs take water n snacks we went inside cave when we got to the mines, is rocky on some terrain

4 months ago

Fun hike! Lots of Deer if you go early.

hiking
4 months ago

Must of taken a wrong turn and ended up above the mines, made our way back down. So worth it! The mines were pretty cool to see, definitely going back with flashlights.

6 months ago

good hike last little bit is tough but it was worth it. I will be back with a flashlight to negotiate the actual mines

6 months ago

great hike. but alil to long for my kids. but we still made it.

hiking
8 months ago

the hike is quite boring, but the mine at the end is worth the trip

walking
9 months ago

Took my dogs on the trail. They loved it. No shade so they did get quite a bit thirsty. 10/10 would walk my dogs again.

10 months ago

really fun trail to take the kids on.

walking
11 months ago

Good trail to walk your pups and get some energy out

11 months ago

Very easy trail. Gradual incline throughout trail but nothing crazy. So neat to see the mines. Definitely a repeat trip.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Not too hard, just longer than I’m used to. Look for the giant metal grate. That’s one of them, with the other one south of it. You could get by with your phone light, but I would recommend bringing a decent flashlight.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike and easy to get off trail. Ended up being close to 8 miles, due to wandering off the course.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail steady incline, easy to get off track. We took a different route back and missed the entrance initially. The giant grate looking thing is the entrance and if you walk down the wooden steps you will see the other entrance. Bring a good flashlight or you won't make it far.

hiking
11 months ago

Great walk. Bring a flash light and the mine is low. You might need to scramble in a few spots

hiking
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fav trail so far

hiking
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Take a flash light for the mine.
Easy hike, last 1/4 mile is steep-intermediate.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

This trail was a great scenic climb! Not much hiking until you get closer to the mine. The mine was amazing, tons of little openings to go through . Picture worthy! Although its super dark and our phone’s flashlight wasn’t the best! But the trail was easy to find and so was the mine!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Just follow the trail, no instructions needed. It's long but worth it. Pics can't do justice!

hiking
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Nice easy walk. The elevation climb is very gradual. Take a hat as there is zero shade on this trail in the morning and early afternoon

hiking
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Easy and beatifull scenery of the mountains and the mines just amazing to go in and explore. Loved it !!!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Always enjoy doing this hike! Hike to first tin mine took about 2 hours, the hike back to the park from that point took 1 hour. The trails are pretty simple to follow, did it without this App and still was able to find the mine!

Monday, December 18, 2017

hiked it under a cloudy day

Sunday, December 17, 2017

great hike. kid and pup friendly and seeing deer not uncommon!

hiking
Sunday, December 10, 2017

My daughter and I followed the trail exactly and even used the “record” function of the app to track our GPS progress. We found metal grates as described, but never found the actual mines. It was disappointing to say the least. The trail is decent but the only real reason we did it was to see the mines. All in all, make sure you bring lots of water as there is no shade cover here and very few places to sit and rest. We won’t be back but at least we scratched another hike off our list. The scenery is nice but flat land mostly. The few views are not anything better than any other Franklin Mountain trail (and maybe even inferior than most). The trail is easy and no technical skills really needed other than being able to walk on a road. It is a very long trail, bring snacks along with the water (more than you think you need).

I can see why one reviewer hiked 15 miles without finding the mines. The trails are easily washed away and in areas are overgrown by vegetation. There were times that GPS was the only real way to tell if we were following the path. Be careful if not using GPS. Luckily cell signal is strong in the area, but being a charging pack or two as even the best phone will be long dead by the time you get there.

hiking
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pretty easy hike not much hiking until you get to the actual mine.

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