Explore the most popular cave trails in Texas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We had a great hike. Easy. Lots of outlet trails that you can get lost on but still, good adventure.

hiking
13 days ago

Was an awesome trail, the only downfall is the trail is hard to follow. There was blue spray paint every now and then which indicates the trail. Definitely recommend if in the El Paso area.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful amazing hike! Even saw a wild Bison! Hike was more on the moderate side imo but because of the heat I highly recommend you bring a liter of water per person. Main downfall is the trail can be difficult to follow, so make sure you have the offline maps downloaded. Lastly if you're looking to visit the fern cave and doing this trail clockwise, ignore the first "fern cave .2 mi" sign you see, this sign is wrong. Just continue along with the loop and you'll eventually run into another "fern cave" sign that'll point you towards a 100ft spur to the cave.

We hiked the loop clockwise, up the Haynes Ridge, down to the fern cave, and back through the Upper North Prong Trail. The initial climb to the top of Haynes Ridge was exhilarating and view from the top was an amazing reward.

The few trail markers we saw showed distances that did not match the park map. Apparently, there is an old map and a new map - you can get copies of both from the park station. The trail markers could be improved.

Halfway between B3 and B4 (Haynes Trail is marked as trail B) look up and east. You can scramble to the top of the caprock and find some more spectacular views from 3100 ft.

You can miss the Fern Cave if you aren't looking for it. Again, the trail markers could be improved here.

The Upper North Prong Trail was a long slog back through a dry creek bed but the beautiful views from the canyon floor, including interesting rock formations and strands of gypsum lining the red rock, made it worth it.

Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and water...you'll need it.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice and Steep!! Great views.

hiking
21 days ago

Multiple small rocks to climbs especially for smaller kids. It is a must see if you are at the park!

This trail was more confusing than hard. Although the signs were not as helpful, we did enjoy the shade throughout the trail.

A bit steep but worth it. Took my ten year old son and it took us an hour and sixteen minutes to complete. I would recommend hiking poles for the descent down. The description states 1..2 miles but the recording showed it was 2.2 miles.

Excellent trail and well marked. Plenty of vegetation, not much shade, but lots of terrific scenic views. Only drawback was no water source at the mini camp area. Mostly flat with a few good hills to break up the monotony.

hiking
28 days ago

great hike, not good for little ones, it has some narrow edges but its awesome views

This is the neatest little state park no ones ever heard of. Its tucked away, and very small, but loaded with trees, running creeks, boulders, and a cave you can easily access. Perfect spot to eat lunch. The park headquarters is one of the nicest I've seen. very modern. Keep an eye out for centipedes. Saw the biggest centipede crawling over a boulder while there, 1 foot long, an inch wide, it was black with bright yellow legs. Creepy. Do not want to get stung by one of those.

trail running
29 days ago

Fun trail and well marked. Ran the first three miles during the early morning hours with light trail traffic. For runners, I would recommend trail shoes as some sections were a bit technical (rocks, roots, unstable footing). If you are looking for a trail where you don't need to watch your step, I'd recommend the Lady Bird Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

The trailhead is to the right of the CoA Water station. There are some lovely rocks and murky water. The trail is shaded and easy at first with some elevation toward the end.

I couldn’t find the entrance at first. The trail is big enough for a single line, it’s hard for your dog to walk next to you. There’s a good amount of overgrowth and you’re dodging bushes/hanging tree branches. Lots of horse flies and mosquitos (yes, it’s nature, but just forewarning you). I got to a break in the trail of 3 different paths to take (no direction on what led where) and chose one. That one led to a random suburban neighborhood. I got lost and my google maps said I was a 20 min walk from my car. I didn’t want to go back to the trail so just decided to walk back. I don’t recommend this.

A beautiful hike, with tremendous views and really fun in the technical section (I would skip using the chains and simply climb up using the natural hand-holds). I've done it in both directions and prefer starting in McKelligon Canyon and ending at Trans-mountain road (the decent into the wash at Trans is a bit loose at the top but manageable). 2.5hrs start to finish, at an easy pace, but bring water as it can get hot!

Btw, we did manage to do it with one car, by having an Uber pick us up and bring us back to the start...

The homestead Trail was nearly impossible to find. I went out there once before and couldn't find it at all. I went out there second time with my cell phone that had a GPS map on it, and I almost missed it again. My friend and I walked down it a little bit and it's really overgrown. We turned around after about a half-mile because there was a huge spider webs crossing the trail with a huge spider on it. We figured is that was at the beginning of the trail, where most people probably walked, it was just going to get really primitive later on. The Onion Creek Trail, which we did only that loop instead of doing both loops, was nice but a little boring.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it!!! It’s a lot of incline, lose rocks! I would recommend you take a hiking stick!

This trail has great vistas. Make sure you have enough water, especially in summer months. Some of the distance signs along the trail are certainly incorrect.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike! I took my 10 year old along and he had no problem keeping up. When we got to the caves El Paso PD was there conducting extraction training. They took the time to explain what they were doing which my son loved. Shout out to our men and women in blue!

None of the parts of this trail are particularly hard, but you'll feel a bit tired after this trail, as the trail is consistently moderately strenuous.The trail is well marked, and there is very little traffic out here -- you might not see anybody else on the trail.

Loved this trail, great views and a couple nice waterfalls at the end of the trail! Plan on going back more often.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. kids loved it. Just GPS took me to the end of the trail not the beginning. Over all would do it again. Took me an hour to get there, but kids did not complain.

backpacking
1 month ago

Fantastic and challenging route with amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

I will be back to do a complete hike. Was only able to get into the trail by 3.8 miles and turned around completing 7.17 miles since it was getting dark. This was an awesome trail and I can’t wait to really get some miles here!

Great time with the family, it was intense to get to the top. Overall great experience

my favorite place in Texas <3 great views and easy trails. plenty of places to cool off too.

My family and I went today. We have lived in the area for about 2 years and have never been. It’s was absolutely beautiful and for those who love the outdoors and exploring it’s a great place to start. We were able to navigate easily and enjoyed getting in the water. I do wish people who visited the area took better care to clean up after themselves.

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