Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near El Paso with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Great accessible El Paso trail. Nice view at the gap of both east and west. Several benches and lookouts along the way. Only downside is the scree rocks at first 1/3 mile. Use poles to save your ankles or take the first alternate trail to the right.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Avoid the first half mile of large loose rocks by taking Agave Trail to the right, right at the trailhead sign (it's not marked). It only adds a little distance but is oh so much better on footing. Then continue straight at the junction - this is marked, and follow Mundy's Gap trail. We ended up doing this by default, as we started out to hike Cottonwood Trail, but I'd had it with the large loose rocks by the junction. Did the ascent in just under 1 hour (we're late 50's), and the views at the Gap were so cool!

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

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

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

Fun hike! Lots of Deer if you go early.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good hike for my two boys, ages 9 and 5, and our dog. We only did 3.1 miles but that was enough for the 5 year old. The trail is rocky but fairly flat and easy. We saw a couple rabbits and heard that someone saw a rattlesnake on the trail. Make sure to keep your eyes open for any of the wildlife along the trails.

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.

Good trail with a nice variety of elevation. Took my 10 year old and she did great.

Have done several different trails
On this lost dog trail easy for the wandering n hikers

This is a nice trail that starts at the West Cottonwood Trailhead. It takes you to an area of trees and a small spring that it is more showy in the rainy season. From this area you start to walk by the steepest section of the trail, then you reach the rim of the mountain from were you have a beautiful view of the Franklin Mountains and the city of El Paso.

Great hike for small group, some steep walking in areas.

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

mountain biking
4 months ago

awesome views , lots of wildlife , challenging trail

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

I am visiting this area for work and was told about this trail. I am new to trail running and I have grown to love it. This trail is fun and challenging with great views!

hate the entrance but all in all not too bad after you get through the boulders lol

5 months ago

Extremely rocky. Go slow.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Done this trail twice, it is considered a beginner trail but still gives you a bit of a thrill. A few climbs and descents, quick turns, really fun!

hiking
5 months ago

I thought it was a fairly easy trail for hiking. My friend’s young son (about 10 yrs old) joined us and he had no issues doing it. For mountain biking though I do feel it would be a much harder trail. Saw some pretty cool fossils.

on Tom Mays Unit Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hiking, many flowers (cactus) and fossils!!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike. I did it as part of a hike to the top. I think the bridge that is mentioned in the description got washed out...you can see the wood and steel down on the mountain but the trail is nice. Great views for a short hike. The first 10-15mins are over loose gravel, after that, it’s mainly smooth dirt.

hiking
6 months ago

Great short trail with a good amount of ascending. The first section is so so, as it’s all loose rocks ranging from golf ball to base ball size. After the loose section you have dirt and is very enjoyable. Top views are amazing. You get both east and west perspectives. I banged out the ascend solo in 34 min with a light pack. Will do again. #WarchuckApproved.

Hiked the old tin mine trail into the mountains and returned to starting spot via the cardiac hill trail. Nice easily marked trail. Round trip was about 5 miles.

hiking
6 months ago

Not very challenging but a nice hike through the scenery. I loved that they have trail maps at the parking area. I was able to pick my route while I was hiking, using the map. Had a lot of time left so I went to the Aztec Caves after, which are only a 7mile drive away. Nice area!

mountain biking
6 months ago

great trail for beginner's pretty tough incline going up so be ready for that but coming down is worth it almost didnt have to peddle and kept my hands close to the breaks haha had fun

hiking
6 months ago

This very nice trail, it is not to steep and although several sections are rocky, not difficult to walk. On the way up you have beautiful vistas of the Franklin Mountains, just in front of me the North Franklin Mountain and the Mammoth looked wonderful. On the way down I also enjoyed the beautiful vistas of the west side of El Paso and also part of the Juarez mountains. Instead of turning to the right at the end of the Lechuguilla Trail as shown on the map, I walked by the Grim Path and I reached the intersection with the Transmountain Road (Loop 375). Then on my way back, I turned to the left at the Luchuguilla Trailhead and followed the loop trail. This made my trip a bit longer but I completed the whole trail. This was a wonderful hike!

Great trail for a hike. Didn't even know this exist here in West Central El Paso.

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

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