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Upper Sunset and Tom Mays Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 524 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

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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. Note: $5 Entrance Fee Hike up a desert valley and along the Upper sunset Trail. Park in area 1-5. Hike back on the paved road to the main road and head north. Enter the first arroyo on the right going east. Take the first trail to the left climbing out of the arroyo going north. Follow this trail north. The trail runs east of and parallel to the main road about 1.5 miles to the large covered picnic area. From the picnic area, take the wide rock trail south up the ridge line. The ridge line trail will bring you directly back to your vehicle, so watch for forks in the trail and do not get sidetracked.

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 left at the first paved road going left. Follow the paved road up and park at the first area on the right. You will walk back down the entrance road to the main park road to start the hike.

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Bonita Dearinger
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I really like this trail, it ascends gradually and makes it pleasant. The views are breathtaking from the top of the trail. I felt like the length of the trail was awesome but my 11-year-old son was over it at the end.

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Steve Mueller
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Jaryd Shield
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Hiking

The Upper Sunset Trail has some nice views. The Tom Mays Trail is fairly unspectacular. I hiked this trail counter-clockwise. The trail is non-existent when crossing the road to the South. You have to hike up the road to get back on the loop. I wouldn't hike this trail again.

Jean-Claude Linossi
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This trail follows several ridges with good views of the Franklin Mountains and west El Paso. It is steep in some places but nothing too difficult.

Suzy Delong
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Views from the ridgeline are great and there are several benches along the way to take a break. $5 entrance fee would have been nice to know about in advance as I never carry cash. A lot of loose rocks and we couldn't find the second half of the trail (across the paved road) so we ended up taking the Nature Trail and then the access road back to our cars.

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Chuck Grothaus
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HikingRocky

An okay trail. We did it clockwise. The trailhead is directly behind the first picnic shelter in the parking lot.

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Jorge Carrillo
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Hiking

We started crossing the paved road and walked by the side to the north, we took the trail at the first parking lot to our right. You also can cross the paved road, walk by the arroyo and reach the trail. This part of the trail is about 1.5 miles, well-marked, easy and in good condition, and is also used by bikers. You come back walking by the ridge of the mountain; this part of the trail is named Upper Sunset Trail. From the ridge you have a wonderful view of the Franklin Mountains and the Valley of the Rio Bravo, we sat on the benches for a moment and enjoyed the beautiful landscape. Natalia and I had a good time; we enjoyed a lot this trail.

Cheri A
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Hiking

We liked this trail but the red line on the map wasn't entirely accurate. We took the trail from end to beginning because we couldn't be bothered to find the exact trailhead. It was a nice moderate trail for the first half, but then when we passed the restrooms and campsites halfway, we couldn't find the trail where it was marked so we followed the dotted red line trail. It was okay but no elevation and we ended up following washes and the road to get back. It wasn't difficult, just not exactly scenic for the second half. We did really like the more difficult half, great views and well-worn path.

Griselda M.
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Steve Mueller
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Melissa Munoz
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Efren Valencia
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Michael Werthman
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E K
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DARCY WELCH
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Lani Hermosillo
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Angelica Last
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Concepcion Mendoza
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Eliana Newman
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Cheryl Fraser
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