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Lantern-lit Mine Tour

8:30a to 10:00a
Sun, April 21, 2024
Lydia Pagel
(915) 444-9121

Step back in time and explore the copper prospecting mine by lantern light.

Join your park ranger turned turn-of-the-century guide on a historical exploration of an old mine shaft in the Franklin's. 

We will meet at the West Cottonwood Springs Trailhead in the Tom Mays unit of Franklin Mountains State Park. 

Reservations required; to reserve your spot, call the office at (915) 444-9121.

*Note* Due to the small size of this mine, only 15 participants are allowed per tour. 

Bring: water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, and comfortable clothes. If you are sensitive to oil lamp smoke, a face mask is highly encouraged. 

Optional: climbing/biking helmet or hardhat, hiking stick, camera, and a map.

Fee: $8.00 per adult 13 years of age and older, $3.00 for Texas State Park Pass holders, and $1.00 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Payment can be made at the Visitor Center as you enter Tom Mays. 


  • From Westside on I-10, take exit 6 & travel east towards the mountains for 3.8 miles. Park entrance will be on the left. 
  • From Eastside on Hwy 54, take exit 29 towards Transmountain Rd, travel west 7-7.5 miles over/through the mountains. Park entrance will be on the right.
  • If using a GPS be sure to search for "Tom Mays Access Road," not "Franklin Mountains State Park."