Thousand Steps Trail

HARD 53 reviews

Thousand Steps Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles
1279 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Hike from N. Stanton St to the Wyler Aerial Tramway and Ranger Peak. From the parking area, climb the road to the water tank. Follow the trail east from the tank and up hill. The trail will turn right around the arroyo, then right again and downhill. The trail will continue on the road around a left curve. DO NOT take the trail going uphill to the poles. At a 4 way intersection at 0.8 miles look for a narrow trail on the left that proceeds straight up the spur to a rock house far up the spur. Follow that trail up to the rock house. At the rock house, go to the left around the rock house, then find the trail continuing up the spur. At 1.45 miles you come to a fork joining the Wyler Ridgeline Trail #1. Take the fork right to get to the tramway. Return via reverse route.

2 months ago

Very hard trail. The last section is especially hard, very steep. Very nice views.

2 months ago

underwhelmed expected it to be more of a challenge.

3 months ago

Not my favorite hike in El Paso. This trail is challenging and not well marked. As you get to the stone building the trail is steep and there’s a lot of loose rock; watch your footing. We continued onto Ranger Peak Loop. I’m not one for hiking poles or sticks but they would be useful on this trail. The views are excellent!

trail running
3 months ago

Really fantastic trail. some runnable sections with many hiking or scrambling areas. Ranger station at the top has a bathroom too. Great views!

4 months ago

Fun hike

8 months ago

A fun climb and some beautiful views

8 months ago

Great trail. Done it a couple times. About 1800 feet of climb. View is worth it and you can rest and get snacks at the ranger station at the top.

9 months ago

Great view!!! Last 1/2 mile is killer!

10 months ago

Great workout going up the last 1/2 mile or so to the top.

10 months ago

it's worth the effort. great views and a little piece of History

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nice day. top half can be tough. weather dependant.

trail running
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Awesome trail. Challenging.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Pretty easy little hike/run. Got to the very top in about my 45 mins. Lots of loose rock to jack an ankle up so watch your step.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


Friday, March 18, 2016

steep but worth the trip bring lots of water

Monday, January 25, 2016

Done this trail numerous times it's easy and close to home. Definitely a little harder as you get to the steps. Make sure you have plenty of time to come back down. Last time we went out too late took us 2 hours to get to the top (with my dog and friends) and we realized it was going to be too dark by the time we got down so we convinced the Rangers to let us take the tram down with my dog--which isn't allowed for some reason but they let us! Take a lot of water! And again long socks or pants are best

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It was pretty fun when I did it in the snow ☃❄️

cross country skiing
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fun trail, nice views

Friday, May 16, 2014

3rd trail completed on 5/10/14! So proud of myself and the people that are out there joining me on these trails. the encouragement and motivation they give me is the best. Don't have much time right now to write about it but it was amazing! I look forward to this weekend's hike!

Monday, May 12, 2014

This was a pretty tough hike but equally pleasant with challenging areas, staircase type paths and beautiful surrounding views of the city. My "map my hike" app recorded 5.19 miles and it took me and my friends almost 3 hours to complete. There are plenty of loose rocks on the trail so you need to be careful with your footing; then there are areas where the trail is clear and beautiful but definitely a steady challenge throughout the entire trail. Some minimal rock climbing is involved near the top but nothing that is too bad. Definitely worth the challenge. When we got to the tramway it was closed but we were able to get in through the open gate and visit in the tramway tourist area. The hike down is much faster and enjoyable. One more successful hike.

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