FMSP - El Paso Tin Mines

#1 of 22 trails in Franklin Mountains State Park
Hike to the only tin mines ever in the USA.

10.7 miles 1010 feet Out & Back
dog friendly hiking mountain biking walking horses
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From the trailhead, climb to the top of the concrete dam. Turn south (left) on the dam and follow the trail right to the bottom of the dam. Turn north and follow the trail 0.15 miles north until you see a gate directly to your left. Turn west (left), proceed past the gate, pick up the jeep road curving north-west, and follow this road all the way to the junction at 2.75 miles. From the junction, turn south (left) for the south mne and smelter. (Follow the narrow trail west past the mine for the entrance.) Proceed straight ahead and curve north to the north mine. (Follow stairs down below the mine for the lower entrance.) Bring a flashlight.

Hector Hernandez

2 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike, fun exploring mines.

Jeffrey Kiehl

1 Completed1 Reviews

If you are using this route to get to the mines, it is wrong. The given end point is about 1.5 miles past the mines. I didn't see the mines until I was on my way back. When you get to the intersection to go to Mundys Gap, look northwest and you will see the mine enterance.

Shozo Hirono

2 Completed2 Reviews

Long trailhead to get to a very small, but enjoyable destination. Dog friendly. You can come at the mines from Mundy's Gap or from the damn off of Chuck Heinrich park. Both take about the same amount of time with Mundy's Gap being the tougher of the two routes. Mines are neat but a little anticlimactic. Bring a good water supply and your camera.

John C Kohaut

13 Completed11 Reviews

Easy trail up to the Tin Mines. The mines are pretty extensive but nothing crazy and most of the dangerous spots have guard rails up.


1 Completed1 Reviews

Never found the mine after hiking for 15 miles. Never again.

Glenn Stewart

6 Completed5 Reviews

I started off from Tom Mays side of the mountain making this hike a long and more appreciating. Once I got to the Tin Mines we took a break from the sun before we went spelunking. The caves are very dark I wish I got more pictures but didn't have enough light. It was a very awesome experience though, more people need to know about the hidden treasure our mountain has to offer. So if you take this trail you can start from different paths, starting from Tom Mays is a long hike so make sure you are in good condition and fit to hike up the mountain, down, explore tin mines, then hike back up the mountain and down to Tom Mays side.

Matthew Graham

6 Completed4 Reviews

Moderate trail of amateur hikers. Nice hike through the low foothills of the Franklin mountains with an interesting history, The trail is clearly marked and equipped with good signage. The weather will determine a lot of difficulty due to lack of cover on the trail, so plan accordingly. The tin mines themselves are all covered with grates with prevents you from descending into them, however, I'm sure an adventourous spelunker can find away into them.

Vincent Cortigiano

2 Completed2 Reviews

Easy and well marked. The ground is really soft in some places so your going to have to walk the bike at times.

Matthew Springer

47 Completed34 Reviews

A nice, relatively easy hike that is well marked with many small trails branching off in many places before you reach the mountain base. The mines are located just north of the split at Mundy's Gap; you will see the rectangular grates on the side of the mountain left of the trail. For those with adventurous children, don't let the distance discourage you, keep to the main trail and just look for the mine grates.

Warren Rovira

2 Completed1 Reviews

This is an easy and fun trail that the entire family can enjoy. The hike to the mines is not hard at all, maybe long for the youngsters. You need to pay attention to the land marks because you can miss the entrance to the mines. This is a comfortable route shared between cyclist and hikers.