The highest point in El Paso, Texas reaches over 7,000 feet high, making it the perfect city for a day hike. Residents of our West Texas city enjoy 200 days of sunshine and fill their days with hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing through the mountains and state parks. Natural beauty expands across the state, but El Paso’s Franklin Mountains State Park make our city a destination for outdoor enthusiasts of every experience level. Out of all of the trails and paths, these are the best day hikes in El Paso, Texas.
The Window on the Ron Coleman trail is one of the most recognized rock formations in El Paso. Spanning for 7 miles round trip, the Ron Coleman trail is an ideal day hike. The challenge of the trail itself makes the view from The Window even more rewarding for hikers. Dubbed the best view of the Franklins by many hikers, the Ron Coleman trail has an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet.
Beginners and families will enjoy exploring the El Paso Tin Mines Trail in the lower elevation of Franklin Mountains State Park. The 6.7 mile hike is perfect for an exciting day trip. Four legged friends are also welcome on the trail, so keep an eye out for dogs and horses as you travel down the path. Hikers also recommend bringing flashlights to explore the mines as well as sunscreen and hats to protect from the Texas sun.
History buffs and hikers alike will appreciate the 3.3 mile hike through Hueco Tanks State Historical Park. Though it may be one of the easier hikes of El Paso, it remains one of the most popular because of its historic roots. Visitors can hike the loop trail, rock climb, or take a guided tour through the park.
Make the most out of your day hike by bringing along a picnic to enjoy with friends or family. As you travel through the outdoors, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and hats to keep hydrated and cool. Most importantly, don’t forget to take in the scenery and document your travels with photos!