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Plan Your Visit

Visiting the park and not sure where to start? Check out our trail recommendations!

The park offers over 100 miles of trails to explore. No matter if this is your first-time or you are an experienced hiker, there is at least one trail for you.

How much time do you have?

More information:

Less than 3 hours

Nature Walk

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  • How long: about 30 minutes
  • What and where: An easy ¾-mile loop located at the Tom Mays unit of the park.
  • Description: This trail is a perfect option for families with small children or adults looking for a quick and easy stroll. The trail gives you a great introduction to desert plants. The bird blind at the beginning of the trail is a plus for wildlife observation.
  • Day passes: Purchase passes online or at the park.

Cardiac Road – The Maze Loop

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  • How long: about 2.5 hours
  • What and where: A moderate 3-mile loop located in the Northeast side of the park accessed from the Chuck Heinrich Memorial Park.
  • Description: This trail leads up to a low hill and follows the crest heading towards the mountains. When you come to the Maze Trail, take it to return meandering through lush desert shrub.
  • Day passes: You must purchase day passes in advance.

Half Day

Tin Mines

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  • How long: 3 to 4 hours
  • What and where: A moderate to difficult 6-mile hike located at the Northeast side of the park accessed from the Chuck Heinrich Memorial Park.
  • Description: The trail follows a well-marked old jeep road with a gentle but steady climb until you arrive at the mines (3 miles). Be sure to explore the two old shafts and the ruins of the smelter before heading back.
  • Day passes: You must purchase day passes in advance.

West Cottonwood Springs Scenic Route (via Agave Loop)

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  • How long: about 3 hours
  • What and where: A moderate 3-mile hike located at the Tom Mays unit of the park.
  • Description: This hike begins with a gradual incline into open vistas to the west. At the paragliding launch site, the trail narrows, cutting across a north facing slope and through a draw. The spring is overshadowed by a large cottonwood tree and surrounded by wild cherry. The return trip travels down over scree or rubble, making it challenging for some.
  • Day passes: Purchase passes online or at the park.

Full Day

North Franklin Peak

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  • How long: 4 to 6 hours
  • What and where: A strenuous 8-mile hike taking you to the highest peak in El Paso located in the Tom Mays unit of the park.
  • Description: This trail begins with a gradual incline through a rock slide, transitioning to a steady climb; it then meanders across the ridgeline, taking you to an elevation of 7,192 feet.
  • Day passes: Purchase passes online or at the park.