Texas April 23, 2019
This Hike In Texas Leads You Straight To An Abandoned Mine
The mining industry is an important part of Texas history – after all, it’s what
turned Terlingua into a ghost town. Hiding in Franklin Mountains State Park is a hiking trail that leads straight to an abandoned tin mine, the only one of its kind in the entire U.S. Check it out…if you dare:
Clocking in at 6.6 miles long, the Tin Mines Trail is suitable for all skill levels. It may look unassuming at first glance, but a mysterious hidden gem awaits those brave enough to embark on the journey.
Deeper and deeper into the desert you'll hike, the distant Franklin Mountains looming ominously. With no sign of civilization for miles in any direction, this is the epitome of remoteness.
After trudging along for what seems like days, you'll come upon a railing and tight, cave-like rock formation. Get ready to enter the only tin mines the United States has ever seen.
Underneath these metal grates is a tiny door leading into the abandoned structure. Don't forget a flashlight; the mine will swallow you in darkness without something to illuminate it.
Once inside, the weight of exhaustion, hopelessness, and death sits heavily on your shoulders. Mining is a dangerous and unforgiving job, so it's no wonder why so many workers are rumored to haunt these shafts.
Coming out of the abyss, daylight has never looked so inviting. While emotionally taxing, the mines are an incredible piece of history that everyone should have an opportunity to experience.
You'll find the trail at Tom Mays Park Access Rd, El Paso, TX 79930. It's open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Have you ever taken the Tin Mines Trail? Are there any other hikes in Texas that lead to abandoned places? Here’s one of ours:
The Spooky Texas Hike That Will Lead You Somewhere Deserted.